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In the framework of the GEO-CRADLE project, funded by the European Union’s HORIZON 2020 Program, the Institute for Nature Conservation (INCA) in Albania, in collaboration with the State Authority for Geospatial Information (ASIG), organized a meeting on December 19, 2018, with national institutional stakeholders to engage them in regional initiatives for land observation and monitoring.

The purpose of this meeting was to present the achievements of this regional initiative coordinated by the National Observatory of Athens (NOA), aiming at the possibility of utilizing the national network of key stakeholders who practically use geospatial data in their operations, as well as applying statistical models for land observation and monitoring.

Part of this initiative is the nomination of ASIG as the GEO program focal point for Albania, to create opportunities for information, access, and collaboration through this program with partners in the Balkan region, Europe, and beyond.

ASIG Director, Mr. Lorenc Çala, in his welcoming speech, emphasized the steps taken to build the National Geospatial Information Infrastructure and the need for collaboration with national, regional, and European initiatives in the field of geoinformation.

The Director of the National GIS and Geoportal Directorate at ASIG, Mr. Klaudio Çollaku, gave a presentation during this meeting highlighting the responsibilities and achievements of this authority, as well as the reasons why ASIG can serve as the GEO program focal point for Albania..