In November 2019, Albania was hit by an earthquake that measured 6.4 on the Richter scale, resulting in 51 deaths, more than 1,000 injured, and nearly 14,000 people displaced, as well as widespread damage to public and private property – including 53 cultural heritage sites.
With funding from the European Union and implemented by UNOPS, the EU4Culture programme aims to rehabilitate and restore some of Albania’s key cultural heritage sites that were damaged during the earthquake.
The €40 million programme further aims to contribute to the socio-economic recovery of Albania by building back Albania’s cultural heritage and restoring its potential for tourism as well as supporting local communities. The programme has become even more critical in light of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected Albania's tourism sector.
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