Development cooperation , 05.12.2014

KOS/Forest Sector Support


Finland supports the forest sector reform in Kosovo. The project channelled through FAO supports the implementation of the Kosovo national forest strategy (2010-2010). The support directed to institutional development, integrated forest management and practices and climate change mitigation. The intervention supports the decentralization process and promotes participation of local communities in municipalities, especially in rural areas. The goal in supporting multifunctional and sustainable use of forestsis an increase in the share of the forest sector in Kosovo's national economy. In the first phase of the project 2011-2014 (3 million euros) the coordination in forest issues has been improved. Support is given to the establishment and functioning of the Forest Management Board, consisting of high representatives of different ministries. In addition, Kosovo Forest Information System, Monitoring and Evaluation System, Kosovo Forest Health System and National Afforestation and Reforestation Programme have been developed. Participatory forest management and planning have been introduced. The above mentioned tools and participatory principles have been incorporated in the new draft forest law. In 2013 a Mid-Term Review of the project was conducted. The MTR highlighted the importance of the activities on the grassroot level. This was taken into account in the implementation and in plans of the project. In order to ensure the sustainability of the results and integration of the forest management of Northern Kosovo under Kosovo administration, the project is proposed to be extended with 1 million euros for the years 2015-2016. The support to the North is politically important, because it supports the implementation of the agreement between Pristina and Belgrade. In the implementation of the extension phase also UNDP participate. UNDP has experience in livelihood and employment projects, and also in projects in Norhern Kosovo.

Funding decision  05.12.2014

1 000 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Aid to environment
  • Participatory development/Good governance

Field of activity

  • Forestry policy and administrative management 40%
  • Forestry development 40%
  • Biosphere protection 20%

Funding channel

YK:n elintarvike- ja maatalousjärj



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