Climate Proofing for Sustainable Development in the Western Balkans

Contract partner: UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme - Kenya Country: Europa, regional/länderübergreifend Funding amount: € 2.000.000,00 Project start: 01.03.2023 End: 28.02.2027

Short Description:

Overall goal

Ecosystem and socio-economic resilience to climate change in the Western Balkans are intended to increase through strengthened capacities for climate-proofing relevant decision making and investments.

Expected results

A regional Western Balkans climate proofing platform (WB-CPP) with central access to climate change knowledge, tools and adaptation solutions that promotes evidence-based decision making at the local, national and regional levels is established and used. Key stakeholders and experts are empowered in incorporating climate considerations in respective planning and decision making. The incorporation of climate-proofing principles in decision making and investments in the Western Balkans will provide the necessary framework conditions for targeted actions to implement effective and integrated adaptation action, especially for land use planning and the tourism sector, along with inclusive socio-economic development.

Target group / Beneficiaries

The focus is on a regional multi-stakeholder approach involving representatives of relevant national authorities, government institutions and agencies, the private sector, relevant chambers of commerce as well as local and regional climate change adaptation experts. Approximately 500 stakeholders are intended to actively gain information and knowledge of how to incorporate climate proofing in their planning and decision making from which around 120 are local beneficiaries. The UNEP programme team will exploit its existing networks and strong partnerships in the region of the six Western Balkan Countries to ensure that the appropriate target audiences are reached.

The programme will work on a regional and national level with all 6 Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia). In addition, two pilot destinations for climate proofing of tourism through nature based solutions, preferably transboundary, will be identified during the inception phase.


A comprehensive WB-CPP is established with central and free access to climate change information and tools tailored to WB-stakeholder needs supporting the recognition of gender issues and attention on gender equality. Navigation and use of the WB-CPP, including the application of tools, are tested and validated involving stakeholders and experts to ensure co-ownership. Knowledge and technical capacities of key stakeholders and experts are strengthened for climate proofing. Novel approaches for climate-proofing tourism development are identified and recommendations elaborated for pilot destinations.


Despite the considerable progress made in the last decade, the entire Western Balkans region still has limited access to climate change information, tools and assistance to support consideration of climate change risks and impacts in planning and policymaking. Lack of integration of sustainable and climate conscious approaches in investment planning, including for land use management, further exacerbates related impacts on sensitive ecosystems and the tourism economy, which many of the Western Balkan countries depend on heavily. This programme focuses on climate proofing to counter the lacking integration of measures against climate change and its risks.

project number 8326-00/2022
source of funding OEZA
sector Umweltschutz allgemein
modality Project-type interventions
marker Environment: 2, Climate change adaptation: 2, Biodiversity: 1, Gender: 1, Democracy: 1, Disaster risk reduction: 1
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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