Brief overview about the PAZA Project


Project name             :      Improving Consumer Protection Against Zoonotic Diseases –  Phase II 

Project location        :       Albania

Duration                     :         55 months

TA value                     :           € 2 097 500

Govt. contribution   :         €    400 000

Total value                 :           € 2 497 500  

Key stakeholders      :           The public in Albania; consumers of animal products, regulatory authorities, veterinary administration and services, livestock producers and traders in livestock and products of animal origin.

Overall objective:     Contribute to increased livestock health and productivity and improved protection of public health in Albania in line with the EU regulations for the control and monitoring of zoonotic agents.

Project purpose:       The capacity to plan, implement, monitor and sustain risk-based national strategies for the progressive control and eradication of target zoonotic diseases, such as brucellosis, anthrax, rabies, tuberculosis and CSF is established.

Five Key results:

Result 1Re-organization of the state veterinary service, staffed by appropriately trained, regulated and supervised veterinary professionals, which complies with international requirements is facilitated effectively.

Result 2: A coherent, integrated and fully operational animal disease surveillance system is in place.

Result 3: Multi-annual, strategic programmes for the progressive control and eradication of priority animal diseases and major zoonoses are implemented effectively.

Result 4: Risk of human exposure to rabies from infected foxes in Albania progressively reduced and eliminated.

Result 5: A sustainable, modern national communication system is established between the state veterinary service and key stakeholder groups.

Basic Principles for Project Work

Decision making and management is an ongoing dynamic process

Organisations are permanently changing. Results to be achieved in year 1, may have to be adapted already in year 2. In order to react flexible, the processes of decision making, managing and implementing must be as stable as possible and as open and dynamic as necessary. PAZA-Project is trying to adapt its activities best to real conditions in order to assure maximum impact and results

Partners must be involved in each step and on each level as much as possible

Involvement of partners and beneficiaries on all levels and on the greatest extent possible provides the chance, that activities and structures started and built up with project help will be continued after the project ends. Sustainability of new structures, routines and activities is one of the most important, if not the most important outcomes of a technical assistance project. Complex structures like the State Veterinary Service must be planned and developed within a time horizon of minimum 10 to 15 years!

A participatory approach creates a solid ground

The Albanian animal holders, the traders and processors, and the consumers are the “clients” and final beneficiaries of animal health and food safety related state and private services. The “clients” point of view, his problems and his needs have to be guiding for providing the right services in the right way. Dialogue is the base for client oriented services responding real needs and expectations.

Project Consortium Partners

Established in 1969, AGROTEC is a leading consulting firm operating at both national and international levels in the fields of agricultural, rural development and environment offering a wide range of services, which include technical assistance, training and project monitoring and evaluation. AGROTEC’s mission is to support Local Institutions by providing them technical assistance in its focal sectors. AGROTEC’s services mainly consist of project development, training, evaluation, monitoring and sustainable development.

NIRAS IC is a consulting company established in 1994 as ABC Poland Sp. z. o.o. It specializes in providing services in the area of agriculture, rural development, environment and health protection. Since October 2007 it has been a member of a holding company – Niras Gruppen A/S – which offers a broad range of consulting and engineering services provided by 900 employees. Its score business sectors are in rural development, agriculture, environment and health protection.