Support for Low Emission Development in Kosovo (SLED I) Strengthening Climate Change Agenda in Kosovo (SLED II)

Project Summary

The main purpose of the project is to support the central institutions of Kosovo to mainstream climate change concerns into sectoral and overall Kosovo’s development priorities, thus enabling Kosovo to deal with climate change-related issues, and consider it not only as a separate environmental issue but as an issue of sustainable development. 

What do we want to achieve

National and local level capacities for climate change mitigation and adaption enhanced.

Effective implementation of cross-sectoral, gender-responsive climate change policies.

An increase in the number of people who adopt behaviours that enhance resilience to climate change.


Goals, Outputs, and Results

Expected Outputs:

1. Capacity for low emission climate resilient development strengthened at national and local level.

2. Low emission climate resilient strategy and action plans developed.

3. Promote sustainable energy policies and programs and enhance public awareness concerning energy efficiency.

4: Capacities of central institutions to develop and monitor the implementation of the Climate Change Action Plan are enhanced.

5: Cross–Sectoral cooperation for gender-responsive climate change measures is improved.

6: Public awareness on climate change increased through campaigns and demonstration projects.


Results Summary   

Phase I (2013-2015)

·         The Climate Change Strategy developed in cooperation with and under the leadership of Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning (MESP) and related stakeholders.

·         The Climate Change Committee established and approved by Prime Minister in August 2015.

·         The understanding of climate change issues among relevant institutions and their roles and responsibilities within the governance system with regard to climate change improved through training courses, information sessions and study visits.

·         Municipal Energy Efficiency Plans, one of the obligations that municipalities have to fulfil under the Law on Energy Efficiency, developed for 6 municipalities (Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje, Junik, Malishevë/Malisevo, Kaçanik/Kacanik, Kamenicë/a and Obiliq/c).

·         Municipal officials and CSOs from 7 regions have better understanding about the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), legislation and procedures for integrating climate change issues through a tailored training course.

·         217,862.36 kg CO2eq GHG emissions per year reduced as a result of implementing sustainable energy policies and energy efficiency measures. This is equivalent of financial savings of EUR 19,850 per year and energy saving of 60% at municipal level. The energy efficiency measures also assisted Kosovo to achieve the energy saving by 9% by 2018, an objective set in the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan of the Kosovo Agency for Energy Efficiency.

·         The Kosovo Hydro-meteorological Institute expanded and 25 manual rain-meters installed in 25 locations to enable the institute to monitor the precipitation to calculate Precipitation Standard Index (PSI).

·         39 Municipal Officials and 54 representatives of CSOs, especially women CSOs, gained knowledge on energy efficiency project designs.

·         5,300 students from 13 primary schools benefited from awareness raising campaigns on energy efficiency.

·         48 university students gained knowledge about energy efficiency and renewable energy sources through a summer school, in cooperation and with co-financing from GIZ-Open Regional Fund for Energy Efficiency and Kosovo Agency of Statistics.

·         3 municipal energy efficiency projects implemented in municipalities of Gllogoc/Gllogovac and Obiliq/c and replaced the existing electricity public street lighting with solar powered lightings, which was selected as the best EE/RES project in 2014 by the Ministry of Economic Development.

·         Strategic Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) conducted in order to evaluate the potential impacts of new infrastructural projects that are planned to be implemented during the 2014-2016 period. As a result, the following publications were produced: An Assessment Report on EIA/SEA that Integrates Climate Change and Biodiversity; Booklet on the EIA process; Handbook on Screening and Scoping for EIA and SEA, Methods to Assess the Impacts on Habitat Species while conducting an EIA/SEA Procedure, and the Set of Procedures for the Administration of EIA and SEA.

·         The Assessment Report of the Health Vulnerability due to Climate Change in Kosovo developed which provides information on potential health implications of climate change and helps to set the baseline data to plan for adaptation measures.

·         GHG Kosovo Team trained and GHG inventory for 2012 reviewed.

·         The project has consistently advocated for gender inclusion, starting with formulation of the objective of the project, and continuing during implementation, promoting female participation in trainings, and facilitating representation of gender mainstreaming in the development of objectives of the climate change strategy, specifically the adaptation component. The aim of these interventions is to improve the quality of life of the citizens as an end result.   

Phase I (2013-2015)

·         The Action Plan, Implementation Plan and Monitoring Plan of the Kosovo Climate Change Strategy developed, in cooperation with MESP.

·         The cross-sectoral Kosovo Climate Change Committee consisting of Ministrial and Technical level, including the representatives of CSOs and private sector, supported in order to help them monitor climate change mitigation and adaptation progress and activities throughout Kosovo and to identify new areas of work and cooperation between sectors.

·         The Report of the legal analysis of the requirements of the EU climate action legislation developed.

·         The capacity of the Technical Secretariat members of Climate Change Committee developed to formulate and prioritize the indicators for monitoring the integration of cross-sectoral climate change risks and opportunities in development policies, strategies and plans.

·         The understanding of sectoral climate change issues among relevant institutions and their roles and responsibilities within the governance system with regard to climate change improved through study visits.

·         A tailored awareness raising campaign enhanced the understanding of climate change issues related to the protection of agricultural land, forestation and reforestation, forest protection and landscape protection, water savings and water conservation, among target groups (farmers, municipal officials and students).

·         MESP and related instiuttions trained to collect and manage data on the state of the environment. 

Donor Information

Donor Amount

Austrian Development Cooperation 

Phase I

Phase II


EUR 420,000

EUR 200,000


Phase I

Phase II


EUR 46,666

EUR 22,222

Co-financing from municiaplities (phase I) EUR 177,511 (40%)

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