The challenge

Located in the undeveloped Mitrovica region, the wind farm is Kosovo’s single biggest investment project. Its impact will give a huge boost to the community and help Kosovo meet EU clean energy targets. Its successful implementation requires a full Environmental and Social Impact Assessment to ensure it can progress.

Abkons’ expertise

The one-stop-shop for ESIA: We assessed a wide range of issues: economic activity; land use; age and gender; population size; transportation; irrigation; main produce; education and communication.

A roadmap for success: Our clear, transparent roadmap of what was required, based on internationally recognised parameters, met the Kosovan authorities’ needs.

Stakeholder engagement: Our experience of understanding the importance of listening to the concerns of local people resulted in the accumulation of invaluable data.

Outcome

ESIA with breadth and depth: Deploying a multitude of methodologies, our assessment established a baseline understanding of the project’s possible social impacts.

Insightful reporting: We created a report that provides vital insight into a range of possible issues that will enable the wind farm to come to fruition.

10,000 household plots set to benefit: The wind farm intends to generate 110 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) a year. The ESIA reports and permits are currently being evaluated by the National Authorities, with the farm scheduled to be completed by 2022.
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