226312 local green agendas

Contract nr

226312
https://sites.google.com/site/ipa226312mki/

Project leader

MILIEUKONTAKT INTERNATIONAL

Postal address

Plantage Middenlaan 2D, 1018DD Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Telephone

+31 20 53 18 930

Contact

Mr Jerphaas Donner

Email address

j.donner@milieukontakt.nl

Partners

KOCKA Training Institute,  Kozle 100, Skopje, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

EDEN Centre - Environmental Centre for Development, Education and Networking - Tirana, Albania

OZON – Civil society association, Beogradska S6-A, Niksic, Montenegro

Total budget

EUR 354,737.26

EC Grant

EUR 283,789.81 (80 %)

Duration

24 months

Objectives of the action

1.      To develop a network of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) that will be operating in the Netherlands, Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro which will work together with local government (municipalities) in implementing environmental projects that have been developed through the Green Agenda process.

2.      Experience and best practices of implementing environmental projects developed through the Green Agenda process shared between the one EU country and three Western Balkan countries which are in various stages of the EU accession process.

Specific objectives

·         To establish a network of CSOs that will grow into a recognized leader in promoting public participation on environmental issues in the participating municipalities; these strong and networked CSOs regularly cooperate with local government and play a leading role in the promotion of sound environmental practices in the Western Balkans region.

·         Municipalities are more transparent and see CSOs as important partners playing an important role in providing better services to citizens.

Target group(s)

-  The leading representatives of Local Government (LG) units (such as mayors, presidents of municipal councils, and municipal council members) in at least one region in the three participating countries Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro

-  Civil Society Organizations (CSO) from at least one region in Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro respectively

-  Environmental civil society networks in Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro

-  Milieukontakt International local offices in Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro (MKI established local offices in Macedonia and Albania in 2000 and in Montenegro in 2007).

-  Milieukontakt International teams of trainers (these are the teams of trainers established by MKI for the needs of the project “Joining Forces for a Sustainable Future in the Western Balkans” that is being implemented in Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2007 to 2010)

-  Members of the partner CSOs - KOCKA, EDEN and OZON

Final beneficiaries

-  Members of the working groups to be established in the targeted municipalities in each of the municipalities within Green Agenda Projects

-  Local citizens in at least three targeted municipalities

-  Environmental civil society networks in Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro

-  LG units in at least three regions (one in Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro)

Estimated results

1.      A regional group of trainers is established and trained on development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Green Agenda strategies.

2.      A focal point appointed / Green Agenda office opened in each municipality which will be a new service that municipalities will be offering to their citizens.

3.      Sustainable results (impact) achieved in three selected municipalities. (At least 3 priorities in 3 Green Agenda strategies implemented).

4.      A network of watchdog CSOs monitoring the implementation of the Green Agenda processes established in the selected municipalities.

5.      A wider Western Balkans watchdog CSO network initiated, spreading to other Western Balkans that are outside of the scope of this project.

6.      The participating municipalities are transparent in carrying out activities that have an impact on the local environment.

7.      LGs take into account and incorporate environment friendly principles in developing local policies.

8.      An experience sharing tool developed (such as a website or newsletter).

9.      A toolkit for best practices prepared (such as best practices manual).

10.   The Green Agenda (GA) management structure strengthened

Main activities R= result A=Activity

 

R1

A1. Regional training team is established consisting of trainers from the Green Agenda project currently implemented in the three Western Balkan countries

 A2. Training of the trainers (on Green Agenda implementation/monitoring/evaluation). Training of trainers on monitoring and evaluation of Green Agenda projects

A3. Trainings - Regional (for preparation of a regional method)

R2

A1. Capacity building program for the professional staff of the municipalities on how to implement local projects according to the principles of bottom up approach, transparency etc.

A2. Direct work with CSOs and citizens

A3. Two study visits to Brabant in The Netherlands (for project staff in the three countries/ for introduction to know-how and brand development) and to Croatia (as a country experienced in implementation of the Green Agenda process) for the CSOs which will implement Green Agendas.

R3

A1. Identification of priorities from the existing Green Agenda documents

A2. Implementation of Green Agenda priorities; implementation of at least one priority in each of the municipalities;

R4

A1. Selection of network members (selection of participating municipalities and CSOs in each of the three countries)

A2. One planning session on International level

A3. One network building event

A4. Developing the international network

R5

A1. One international workshop for sharing best practices with participants from other countries from the region, outside than those participating in this action

R6

A1. Public awareness activities to be carried out within the Green Agenda projects

A2. Two field surveys: A baseline survey at the beginning of the project to establish the state of the art of citizens’ perceptions about the municipal projects that have environmental impact; Final survey to examine to what extent the situation has changed in comparison to the beginning of the project.

R7

A1. International conference of the Green Agenda municipalities for promotion of the best practices toolkit, and embedding the results of the project.

R8

A1. Newsletter for the broader audience

A2 Experience sharing web portal

R9

A1. Developing toolkit (best practices)

A2. Production of a publication at the end of the project, which will contain project results, photos, interviews, best practices and other experiences from the project

R10

A1. Initial/planning workshop (hosted by MKI) to make all partners have a common understanding of the project and decide on project coordination and other practical issues

A2. Meetings (4) of project team: MKI, regional and country coordinators.

A3. Support for local partners and national management meetings.

A4. Mid term evaluations of country projects and final external evaluation of programme

 

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