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Framework Agreement for Technical Assistance to the Kosovo Environmental Programme

The Embassy of Sweden in Pristina represents Sweden in Kosovo and  also manages Sweden’s reform cooperation with Kosovo. The cooperation between Sweden and Kosovo is governed by the Swedish government’s “Results strategy for reform cooperation with Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and Turkey for the period 2014–2020”. One of three expected results within the strategy is aA better environment, reduced climate impact and enhanced resilience to environmental impact and climate change”. With the aim of contributing to this result, Sweden and the Kosovo Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning (MESP) have entered into an agreement 2016-2019, on support to MESP and the Inter-Minesterial Water Council (IMWC) in implementing the Kosovo Environmental Programme (KEP).

The Programme aims in supporting the development of the capacity of MESP, the IMWC, municipalities, and other stakeholders in environmental monitoring and management. More specifically the Program will support development of the capacity for implementation of environmental legislation, in compliance with EU directives. Regarding the support to water sector the proposed program will enhance the knowledge of Kosovo’s water resources and improve their management, and enhance resilience to environmental and climate change. Regarding the support to Kosovo Environmental Agency this program will enhance knowledge and protection of biodiversity and improve management of trans-boundary protected areas. The components of the Program are made in the basis of the national priorities deriving from the MESP policy and strategy documents including Kosovo Environmental Strategy and the National Environmental Action Plan.

The development objective of the Programme is to contribute to improving the environmental conditions in Kosovo. The specific objectives of the Programme are:

  • To develop the capacity of the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, the Inter-Ministerial Water Council, municipalities, civil society and other stakeholders in environmental monitoring and management.
  • To develop the capacity for implementation of environmental legislation, in compliance with EU directives.
  • To enhance the knowledge of Kosovo’s water resources and develop capacity for their improved management, and enhance resilience to environmental and climate change.
  • To enhance knowledge and protection of biodiversity and develop capacity for improved management of transboundary protected areas.

The Programme will have a duration of 48 months. The Embassy of Sweden in Pristina contracted the ORGUT Consortium to provide technical support to strengthen the capacity of the MESP, IMWC, municipalities, and other stakeholders in environmental monitoring and management. Special focus is at strengthening MESP's capacity for implementation of environmental legislation, in compliance with EU directives.

 

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