Sustainable Alpine Development in Bjeskët e Nemuna, an initiative funded by Sida-SNV, aims towards sustainable alpine and rural development in the Accursed Mountains (Bjeskët e Nemuna/Prokletije) in Kosovo. This is reached through concrete actions initiated, implemented and supported by local NGOs, schools, local authorities and inhabitants.
Environmental Education Center
Through the project, ERA established an environmental education center in the cultural monument Haxhi Zeka's mill in Peja. The center opened its doors in 2011, being the first and only of its kind in the region. Haxhi Zeka's mill receives up to 3000 local and international visitors each year. In the center, ERA organizes environmental educational activities to the children and youth with the staff and volunteers. Haxhi Zeka's mill is now one of the only living monuments in Kosovo, and is the focal point for promoting natural and cultural values, and tourism in Peja.
Sustainable Development Initiatives
Another main component of the "Sustainable Alpine Development in Bjeshkët e Nemuna) was to support local (environmental) civil society organizations in and around the Accursed Mountains region, to increase their capacities, to act more professionally, to develop true leadership and have an increased impact - not least in using their democratic rights and opportunities and mobilizing and empowering inhabitants. This was achieved through an extensive Capacity Building program offered to more than 15 CSOs, and a small granting scheme in which ERA awarded 11 small grants to community initiatives totalling 60,000.00 EURO in May 2012.