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Current Projects REC Field Office Kosovo/a:


Project name: Introducing Strategic Community Development Principles in Kosovo/a
Duration: April 2004 - April 2005
Budget: 47,737 EUR
Funded by: Balkan Trust Fund for Democracy
The main goal of the project “Introducing Strategic Community Development Principles in Kosovo/a” is to introduce the concept of integrated policy development and responsible citizen and responsible government that would lead to the embracement of the sustainable development principles in Kosovo/a. Activities to be performed are:
1.
Workshop for local authorities and NGOs;
2. Three Municipal Strategic Development Plans;
3. Workshop for policy makers;
4. Publication introducing the Strategic Community Development principles; and
5. Study tours in cooperation with East East Initiative for policy makers in countries of the region.

Project name: Developing Strategy for Environment and Sustainable Development for Kosovo/a in partnership with Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning
Duration: November 2003 - April 2004
Budget: 22,389 EUR
Funded by: Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
The overall project objective is to develop an Environmental Strategy (ES) for Kosovo/a and provide supporting capacity in order for Kosovo/a to effectively protect human health and the environment, ensuring the conditions for economic development, based on sustainable principles Within its objective it includes developing of a participatory process for identifying environmental and health problems and formulating a basic elements of ES thereby strengthen national capacity and enhance knowledge and understanding; achieve a high level of awareness amongst decision-makers, managers, industry, and the public at large on environmental issues and strengthening regional institutional and technical capacity as required to undertake implementation of the Environmental Implementation Plan (EIP).

Project name: Accessing Environmental Information as a Tool for Solving Environmental Problems
Duration: September 2003 - October 2004
Budget: 29,805 EUR
Funded by: British Office Prishtina from the British Environmental Project Fund
Accessing Environmental Information as a Tool for Solving Environmental Problems - Introducing the Access to Information Principle of the Aarhus Principle and Environmental Protection Law to influenced public and implementing the same in cooperation with key stakeholders in the case of pollution caused by KEK (Kosovo/a Power Corporation). The overall goal of Accessing Environmental Information as a Tool for Solving Environmental problems, is to increase the environmental awareness of the influenced public in the case of KEK pollution by providing information combined with public debates with key stakeholders (influenced citizens, NGOs, KEK officials and local authorities). Outcomes of the project are:
1. Printing a leaflet about Aarhus Convention principles and the Environmental Protection Law.
2. Printing a Directory containing all the information related to governmental focal points that have environmental information.
3. Organize public debates with all stakeholders involved in the pollution caused by KEK and broadcasted through local radios.
4. Quarterly Environmental Bulletin (Albanian, English & Serbian) containing a series of articles about Aarhus Convention, pollution caused by KEK and Environmental Protection Law.
5. Weekly electronic newsletter.

 

Closed projects REC Field Office Kosovo/a:

Project name: Promoting Networking and Cooperation of Environmental NGOs: Establishment of Electronic Computer Networks on a National and Regional Level
Duration: March 2001 - December 2003
Budget: Approximately 700,000 EUR for the whole South Eastern European Region (SEE)
Funded by: Norwegian Ministry of Environment, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Italian Ministry of Environment
A large project for all SEE countries managed by REC Headquarters in Hungary. The project aims at providing hardware, software, training and management tools to the environmental movement of all SEE countries including Kosovo/a for the development of functional electronic computer networks so that environmental information can be shared fast, efficient and effective throughout SEE. For Kosovo/a the REC Field Office plays the coordinating role and a range of local environmental NGOs are included in the project and future electronic computer network.

Project name: Environmental Awareness & Education in Kosovo/a
Duration: April 2002 - December 2003
Budget: 174,939 EUR
Funded by: Sida, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
The main goal of the project is to increase the environmental awareness of the Kosovars by providing environmental education material to primary schools, developing and providing an environmental course for secondary school students, establishing a School Activity Fund for small environmental education projects by schools all over Kosovo/a, increase the capacity of 8 environmental NGOs and further develop the aluminium collection and recycling center into a re-use and recycling educational center. More specific objectives and tasks are to:
1. Increase the effectiveness of the environmental education textbook prepared by the Department of Environmental Protection for the younger classes (1,2,3) of primary schools in Prishtina (as a pilot).
2. Increase the environmental awareness of pupils and students, and through them their parents through effective environmental education material and courses.
3. Increase the knowledge and understanding of environmental issues of leading teenagers in Prishtina.
4. Allow schools/school classes to get funding for environmental activities, small projects and/or actions.
5. Strengthen the capacity of the REC Field Office Kosovo/a staff plus 2-3 individual environmentalists to effectively coach environmental NGOs in both Albanian and Serbian communities.
6. Strengthen the organizational capacity of existing and already active environmental NGOs in Kosovo/a through an intensive and interactive coaching program.
7. Increase the awareness of the general population concerning prevention, re-use and recycling of household waste through awareness campaigns, the recycling center and bi-monthly open days for the public.
8. Prolong the activity and increase the impact of the aluminium collection and recycling center.
9. Enlarge the scope of activity of the aluminium collection and recycling center by increasing the type of material collected and including educational activities for primary and secondary school classes.

Project name: 'National' Grants Program Kosovo/a
Duration: May 2002 - December 2003
Budget: Around 25,000 EUR for Kosovo/a, total project SEE 1,177,946 EUR
Funded by: Danish Environmental Protection Agency (DANCEE)
As part of a SEE wide large grants program the REC FO Kosovo/a runs a 'National' Grants program in which 2-3 larger grants (up to 10,000 EUR) will be awarded to environmental NGOs cooperating with local/national authorities and each other in a network aiming at solving Kosovo-wide environmental problems.

Project name: Sustainable Rural development and Eco-agriculture in Kosovo/a - Year III
Duration: March 2003 - December 2003
Budget: 25,451 EUR
Funded by: Avalon Foundation
This project is a part of Balkan wide initiative of the Dutch Avalon Foundation for promoting the sustainable rural development and eco-agriculture in the South Eastern European Countries. Project will last 4,5 years and this is going to be the third year. Kosovo/a is going to be part of this overall project.
1. Brochure on composting.
2. Brochure on eco-vegetable green house production.
3. Leaflet for promotion of the Organic Agriculture stand in the green market.
4. Video on organic market corner and eco brunch.

Project name: Solving household waste problems through local initiatives and public information in Kosovo/a
Duration: July 2001 - November 2003
Budget: 232,423 EUR
Funded by: European Agency for Reconstruction
The project for assisting in solving solid waste problems in Kosovo/a consists of two different, but interlinked components:
1. Ensure the implementation of local initiatives and small projects for solving solid waste problems, by providing small project funding, training and information to local environmental grassroots NGOs in Kosovo/a, so that they can multiply the awareness of the local population concerning solid waste issues and how to solve them,
2. Providing alternatives for villages and rural areas to solve their solid waste problems via awareness raising, local initiatives and a widely distributed publication on rural waste alternatives to all citizens of the villages participating in the WHO's Healthy Village project.

Project name: Attention to Environment - Bringing Media and the Environmental Movement Together in Raising the Environmental Awareness in Kosovo/a
Duration: September 2002 - October 2003
Budget: 24,150 EUR
Funded by: British Office Prishtina from the British Environmental Project Fund
'Attention to Environment' intends to use public communication through the Kosovar mass media in combination with increasing the capacity of environmental NGOs for getting media attention and opening the possibility of direct participation by citizens. 'Attention to Environment' consists of the following components:
1. 2,5 day workshop for journalists, combined with monthly environmental page in the newspaper.
2. 3 day media training environmental NGOs.
3. Quarterly Environmental Bulletin (Albanian, English & Serbian).

Project name: Pilot project on household waste separation
Duration: September 2002 - July 2003
Budget: 58,269 EUR
Funded by: Japanese Special Fund
With this pilot project would be developed and assigned the appropriate locations for separate household waste collection, because so far there is no proper system for separation of waste in any town of Kosovo/a. This would be the first step towards a better waste management by the PU companies. The outcomes of the pilot project include:
1. Good possibilities for household waste separation and recycling in the Sunny Hill district of Prishtina on an estimated 25 waste separation stations constructed and equipped as part of the project,
2. Increased awareness of the citizens and pupils of schools in the Sunny Hill district on household waste prevention, re-use, separation and recycling,
3. Improved household waste management on the new waste separation stations by both the citizens and Higjienateknika,
4. Increased satisfaction of the citizens with Higjienateknika shown by higher fee collection rates,
5. Less household waste flying around in Sunny Hill, less burning, broken or overfull containers.

Project name: Feasibility study on recycling in Kosovo/a
Duration: September 2002 - February 2003
Budget: 16,365 EUR
Funded by: European Agency for Reconstruction
The feasibility study purpose is to investigate the recycling potentials in Kosovo/a. This would result on a report that will help in designing bigger projects and investment plans in the field of recycling in Kosovo/a.
The outcome will be the final report produced in 5-fold in English, printed in 250 copies and distributed by the REC office in Kosovo/a.. The executive summary and scenarios will be translated into Albanian and made available to the relevant local and national authorities, public utility service providers, environmental NGOs, recycling companies, etc. Attached to the A5 booklet will be a directory of all waste collection and recycling companies in Kosovo/a.

Project name: Capacity building of the environmental civil society in Albanian and Serbian communities in Kosovo/a - Through training, small projects & coaching
Duration: January 2002 - December 2002
Budget: 48,931 EUR
Funded by: ICCO Netherlands
The project consists of three separate but interlinked activities, which are:
1. Two rounds of a four-day training workshop for Serbian communities in order to provide the same training/Fellowship program to Serbian Kosovar NGOs, as we did already for the Kosovar Albanian NGOs. The training program consists of organizational development as well as the role of NGOs, local government bodies and the public in (environmental) decision-making. Issues like fundraising and public relations will be covered also.
2. Four rounds of a two-day training workshop for the Albanian communities, designed as a follow-up-training to the previous Environmental Fellowship Program. The content of this training will be project identification, fundraising and financial management.
3. Funding for a number of small projects, which will give the participants of the training, and also members of other local environmental NGOs, the chance to use their new knowledge by working on solving small and local environmental problems. The REC has a open, fair and transparent competitive system for distribution of small project funds in place. Also we provide training-on-the-job and coaching during the implementation of the small NGO projects.

Project name: Eco Agriculture & Sustainable Rural Development in Kosovo/a - Year II
Duration: January 2002 - December 2002
Budget: 28,121 EUR
Funded by: Avalon Foundation
This is the second year of a four-year Balkan wide ecological agriculture project, which is being implemented by a network of local organizations in 6 SEE countries. The goal of the sub-project for Kosovo/a is to introduce and promote sustainable rural development and eco-agriculture in Kosovo/a. The main activities in year II include:
1. 4 field trials with winter wheat in cooperation with the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Prishtina and several farmer's organisations.
2. 3-5 field trials with organic sprays on vegetables.
3. Organization of an awareness campaign on ecological food and its advantages for the consumer, including an eco-breakfast for VIPs, leaflets widely distributed and lectures at the University of Prishtina.
4. Introduction of the concepts of eco-agriculture at the agricultural high-school in Leposavic through a series of lectures from year II onwards two Kosovars and the project manager participate twice per year on an international Training-of-Trainers session organized by the Avalon specialists.

Project name: Knowledge is Power: Information for Environmental Actions in Kosovo/a II
Duration: July 2001 - September 2002
Budget: 21,701 EUR
Funded by: British Office Prishtina from the British Environmental Project Fund
This project aims to fill the environmental information gap in Kosovo/a from every direction, by reaching out to a wide range of stakeholders and citizens. 'Knowledge is Power consists of four different but interlinked components:
1. Continue the publication of our environmental REC Bulletin in English, Albanian and Serbian. The quarterly REC Bulletin environmental magazine contains information on environmental issues in Kosovo/a, REC's activities in Kosovo/a and in other parts of the CEE region, developments in environmental policy-making and contact information for other environmental organizations.
2. Enlargement and maintenance of an environmental website providing databases with environmental contacts, the Strategic Environmental Assessments on Kosovo/a, announcements for training programs and REC's small grant program, as well as direct links to local and international environmental websites.
3. Facilitation of networking among local environmentalists by inviting all Kosovar environmental NGOs to quarterly roundtable meetings.
4. Further develop our public environmental library at the Field Office, which offers reports, leaflets, books, videos and CD ROMs concerning environmental issues in Kosovo/a, the South Eastern European region, and ultimately, the world.

Project name: Environmental Policy Course
Duration: April 2002 - September 2002
Budget: 10,271 EUR
Funded by: Dutch Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning
The goal of the project is to strengthen the environmental movement in Kosovo/a by teaching NGO members, interested students and local policy makers on university level on sustainable development and environmental policy concepts. The more specific objectives and tasks include:
1. Announce the 'Environmental Policy Course' on relevant university faculties, in the REC Kosovo/a quarterly Bulletin and through our network with environmental NGOs and policy makers in Kosovo/a.
2. Organise a one-week university course on environmental policy making introducing concepts, tools and techniques used in the Netherlands.
3. Evaluate and follow-up the one-week course through other REC Kosovo/a projects and active following the participants of the one-week program in their work & NGO activities.
4. Prepare an Albanian language guide on environmental policy practices, concepts and cases, which is distributed to all relevant university faculties, all environmental NGOs and relevant 'national' and municipal officers.

Project name: Aluminium Collection and Recycling as Sustainable NGO Financing Mechanism
Duration: January 2001- March 2002
Budget: 30,308 EUR
Funded by: Sida, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Set up of a collection center where people can bring cans and get paid for them. The center will be run by a local environmental NGO (Group of Young Ecologists) and the aluminium will be sold to a local smelter. Also schools will be involved in the can collection. A part of the project is to provide organizational and financial management training to participating NGOs. A public awareness campaign for improving diminishing and recycling of household waste is scheduled as part of the project.

Project name: Eco Agriculture & Sustainable Rural Development in Kosovo/a - Year I
Duration: January 2001 - December 2001
Budget: 11,413 EUR
Funded by: Avalon Foundation
This was the first year of a four-year Balkan wide ecological agriculture project, which is being implemented by a network of local organizations in 6 SEE countries. The goal of the sub-project for Kosovo/a is to introduce and promote sustainable rural development and eco-agriculture in Kosovo/a. The main activity is to introduce the concept of eco-agriculture and its possibilities for Kosovo/a as broad as possible via trainings, active information campaigns, field trials and the production and distribution of a local hand-guide on the subjects. In the first year two workshops for farmers and farmer organizations have been organized, while the project manager has participated in a Training of Trainers session in Albania. Finally a booklet introducing the concepts, tools and practical possibilities of eco-agriculture for the Kosovar market has been prepared, printed and distributed.

Project name: Small grants for Environmental NGOs in Kosovo/a
Duration: December 2000 - November 2001
Budget: 27,054 EUR
Funded by: Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment
A small grants program for environmental NGOs in Kosovo/a. One Small Grants cycle financed by the Dutch Ministry of Environment. A total of 30,000 DEM is committed to 7 small local projects implemented by environmental NGOs in Kosovo/a. While announcing and implementing the grants program 3 training sessions on proposal writing are organized, as well as one winners meeting including a project management and reporting training.

Project name: Participation of Kosovo/a in the Regional Environmental Reconstruction Program (REReP) for South Eastern Europe
Duration: March 2001 - September 2001
Budget: 9,719 EUR
Funded by: UNDP
The goal of the project is to support the UNMIK Department of Environmental Protection with project development and proposal writing in order to fully participate on behalf of Kosovo/a in the REReP Program, and especially at the REReP Task Force meeting in Sarajevo in early summer 2001.

Project name: Strategic Environmental Analysis for Kosovo/a 2001
Duration: April 2001 - July 2001
Budget: 14,791 EUR
Funded by: Sida, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
The goal of the project is to ensure a common understanding of the environmental situation and priorities for relevant international and local donor organizations, institutions, NGOs and companies. The more specific objectives and tasks include:
1. Research and analysis of as many as possible reports developed in the field of environment during the period July 2000 - April 2001.
2. Interviews of local and international key-players in the environmental field concerning the current environmental situation in Kosovo/a.
3. Preparation of a comprehensive report based upon the Strategic Environmental Analysis 2000 and the newly gathered data.
4. Distribution of the English full report and the Albanian and Serbian booklets with the summary of the Strategic Environmental Analysis for Kosovo/a 2001.

Project name: Capacity Building of the environmental civil society in Kosovo/a
Duration: October 2000 - June 2001
Budget: 46,386 EUR
Funded by: ICCO Netherlands
The goal of strengthening the environmental civil society in Kosovo/a is reached by providing a balanced training program for a group of environmentalists active in a NGO, local authority or national environmental institute. The one-week training program is provided over four different sessions in three towns; Prizren, Gjakova and two rounds in Prishtina. A total of over 40 people have participated. Trainers came from the REC Country Office Albania and our project partner the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation.

Project name: Knowledge is Power: Information for Environmental Action in Kosovo/a I
Duration: January 2001 - June 2001
Budget: 2,553 EUR
Funded by: Kosova Foundation for an Open Society (KFOS)
The Knowledge is Power project will empower Kosovar citizens to improve their quality of life by providing them with access to environmental information and to channels of communication with environmental authorities. The Kosovo/a Field Office of the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe will undertake the following activities:
1. Publish a quarterly environmental Bulletin.
2. Host an environmental website.
3. Open an environmental library.

Project name: Support to environmental consultancy company on landfill research in Kosovo/a
Duration: October 2000 - November 2000
Budget: 1,176 EUR
Funded by: DHV Consultants
Logistic and administrative support to DHV Consultants BV on the Waste Management Project of the European Agency for Reconstruction in the South and West of Kosovo/a.

Project name: Strategic Environmental Analysis for Kosovo/a 2000
Duration: April 2000 - June 2000
Budget: 17,165 EUR
Funded by: Sida, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
The Strategic Environmental Analysis for Kosovo/a 2000 was part of an overview of the environmental reality on the West Balkans on behalf of the Sida staff in Stockholm. The environmental situation, driving forces and responses of donors and governments were analyzed. Specific tasks included:
1. Research and analysis of as many as possible reports developed related to environment during the period June 1999 - May 2000.
2. Interviews of local and international key-players in the environmental field concerning the environmental situation in Kosovo/a.
3. Preparation of a comprehensive report in line with the framework for the SEA in other SEE countries.



For further information contact us at:

The Regional Environmental Center - Field Office Kosovo/a
PO BOX 160, Kodra e Diellit, Rruga III, Lamela 26,
Prishtina, Kosovo/a - UNMIK
Tel/fax: (+381 38) 552-123
E-mail: info@kos.rec.org

 
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