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FINAL short_Fostering regional cooperation and balanced territorial development of Western Balkan countries in the process towards EU integration

Area Based Development (ABD) Approach
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Damjan Surlevski

on 28 November 2017

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Transcript of FINAL short_Fostering regional cooperation and balanced territorial development of Western Balkan countries in the process towards EU integration

INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENT MODEL
Focus on cross-border short value/supply chains
Involving a
limited number of economic operators
in the rural cross-border regions,
committed to co-operation, local economic development, and close geographical and social relations
between producers, processors and consumers.

Initiatives for establishment of cross border value/chains are started. Further support is needed in order to be operational.
Development and cooperation in the cross-border regions
- 30 SHG meetings organized (872 participants);
- 50 P2P events (regional trade fairs and events promoting tradition and cultural heritage, environment protection and tourism and gastronomy);
- Support to preparation of 36 project proposals on different open calls in the cross-border regions;
3 projects approved in estimated value of 235.000 EUR;
21 project proposals are refused; and
additional 12 are still under evaluation (most of them under IPA I and II Programmes);
- Organization of 16 capacity building events for the ABD structures and staff (136 stakeholders and ABD staff trained);
Political and policy dialogue
2

Ministerial meetings
organized (2015 and 2016),
Conclusions prepared and disseminated
;
2

Agriculture Policy Forums
organized (2015 and 2016),
APF Agenda prepared and disseminated
;
5
Working meetings of the
Regional Expert Advisory Working Group (REAWG) on Wine, ANC and Agro-economy analysis and Food safety
-
Conclusions/report disseminated to the member institutions;
4

SWG assembly session supported
, focused on regional cooperation and reforms in the agriculture and rural development sectors.
Conclusions and declarations disseminated to the SWG members and observers
.
4

PSG meetings organized, timely and proper implementation of the action ensured
TIMELINE
(June 2015 - May 2017)
The first ABD steps date back to 2010.... at the beginning the Stakeholders considered among them as foreigners, neighbors and the potentials in regions were not utilized...
Today, the approach contributed to the widespread promotion of the cross-border regions and they see themselves as partners and friends they can rely on.
RESULTS
The project results till now are in line with the foreseen indicators and are up-scaling the general and specific project/regional objectives!
I1: At least two political statements and eight different policy documents on agriculture and rural development issues are prepared and disseminated
3 (three) political statements and 8 (eight) policy documents prepared and disseminated!
I2: At least six projects per cross-border area are prepared and submitted on different calls for project proposals
36 project proposals are prepared and submitted with the support of the PMU’ staff (average 9 per region).
I3: Stakeholder Groups in at least two additional cross-border areas are established and the areas are preparing for implementation of integrated economic development
Established Stakeholders Groups in 3 (three) additional cross-border areas which are prepared for further implementation of the ABD approach
Scaling-up the impact by match-making and attracting other donors in the cross-border regions
Fostering regional cooperation and balanced territorial development of Western Balkan countries in the process towards EU integration
GIZ/BMZ Funded programmes
“Solid Waste Management in cross-border rural and coastal areas of SEE region”
prepared ISWM models for 3 cross-border regions;
MoU signed among 43 municipalties from 6 countries;
15 cleaning pilot actions and educational programs organized in 43 municipalities in 6 countries by 1.360 representatives of local stakeholders, local population, NGO’s and local authorities.
230 plastic and metal containers placed in 56 schools and one kindergarten and additional warning tables, benches, bins and containers placed in national parks, along river banks and illegal dumping sites in the cross-border regions.

“Rural development through integrated forest and water resources management in Southeast Europe” (LEIWW)
Implemented Grant Scheme focusing on income generation by improvement of production processes, technology and quality of products and services in “green” value chains (tourism, agriculture, forestry, etc), promoting sustainable use of natural resources and integrated water and forest resources management;
33 projects with 45 applicants contracted in amount of cca. 334.000 EUR
13 P2P Actions supported in the targeted cross-border regions.



FAO (Technical Cooperation Programme)
The FAO TCPf supported the organization of 5 capacity building activities for the Stakeholders in the 7 targeted regions on the following topics: greening of the value chain, preparation of business plans/strategies, code of practices, designing local strategies and project proposals. The funds - 92.000 USD, were provoded for engaging local and international expertise and technical support for translation.
Support to political and policy discussions on agriculture and rural development issues

Facilitation of the economic development in the targeted cross-border regions through continuous dialogue and cooperation among the stakeholders - supported by the PMU’s
Preparation of baseline analysis and strategic planning in three additional cross-border regions
Stakeholder Groups are established and operational;
Baseline analysis and strategic planning in “Pcinja-Krajishte”, Prokletije - Bjeshkët e Nemuna” and ”Krs” cross-border regions is finalized and printed -
http://seerural.org/publications/
;
Stakeholders are interested and ready for further implementation of the ABD approach.
Establishment of structures in other cross-border regions

Facilitation of other activities in line with the Action
Communication, exchange and dissemination of information
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence

The PMU are well established and recognized by the Stakeholders as focal points for matchmaking;
The Action and the successfully implemented activities managed to attract different donors to invest in the rural cross-border regions and scale-up the results;
The Stakeholders are willing to continue and contribute to the process;
Continuation of the process and additional funds are needed for these specific regions to continue their development, increase cooperation and reduce the migration rate from this areas to EU and other countries;
The Action largely contributed to reducing out migration and peaceful interactions by regional cooperation and reconciliation among the different nationalities and ethnic groups living and operating in the cross-border regions.
Highlights
FINAL REMARKS

Policy recommendation
documents prepared are
contributing to EU approximation process
of the Western Balkan countries
and future policy development
related to agriculture and rural development;
Supporting
partnership and networking
among the stakeholders in all seven cross-border regions have
strengthened the regional cooperation
;
Strategic priorities
for economic development of the cross-border regions “Pcinja - Krajishte”, “Prokletije – Bjeshket e Nemuna”, “Krsh” are
set in line with EU integration process
;
Capacity building measures
improved
the
skills and knowledge of the stakeholders and staff
related to preparation of project proposals, ‘green’ value chains, development of business plans and sustainable use of natural resources.
People-to-People
actions in all cross-border regions
contributed to

promotion of the cultural, traditional, natural heritage
, as well
cooperation and economic development
of the cross-border regions.
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