Local Governance

Local Initiatives for a Sustainable Ukraine (LINK)

During its second year, the LINK project achieved significant impact and ownership, as well as the enlargement of its cooperation networks. The LINK partner municipalities comprise Berdychiv, Cherkasy, Fastiv, Ivano Frankivsk, Lubny, Nizhyn and Poltava. 

A methodology for local action planning towards energy security and sustainability was developed, and the methodology was introduced to the LINK partner municipalities, who were given guidance on how to conduct a stakeholder analysis. To support the development of the local action plans, a public opinion survey on energy-related issues was carried out involving over 10,000 households to help identify areas for improvement in the management of energy resources in the municipalities. Municipalities also received training on how to turn their local action plans into project proposals for financing. The municipalities participated in the REC’s Sustainable Investment Forum on investment opportunities for their localities and started developing applications for the financing of their priority projects.

Local Environmental Action Planning

REC Kosovo* launched the project “Local Environmental Action Plans” for five Kosovan municipalities (Pristina, North Mitrovica, Leposavic, Zvecan and Zubin Potok) to promote better quality of life for citizens, especially poor and marginalised groups, and to initiate economic activities through the implementation of environmental projects that will lead to sustainable living conditions in Kosovo*. The key achievement of the project was the development and adoption of LEAP documents by the municipal assemblies of the beneficiary municipalities.

Local Environmental Action Planning as an Instrument for Municipality Development

Throughout the implementation period, the project enhanced the professional capacities of local governments and initiated and guided the development of local environmental action plans in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2016, two pilot actions were financed and two municipalities implemented activities to improve the coverage of the population with primary waste selection facilities in the municipalities of Kreševo and Pale.


* 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.
Local Governance
The LINK project gave guidance to municipalities on how to conduct a stakeholder analysis, helping them to identify areas for improvement in the management of energy resources.