Nordic Consulting Group has provided support to environmental and climate change projects and investments since 2003, including financial, institutional, social, environmental and results-based management expertise.
We have provided support to environmental and climate change projects financed by e.g. Sida, WB, EBRD, ADB and the EU. Climate change and resilience has grown in the development cooperation as a thematic area of its own, which affects the kind of assignments Nordic Consulting Group is also undertaking, e.g. as part of the global gender help desk to Sida where an increasing number of climate related gender mainstreaming requests are made, as well as from the EBRD, where climate change modelling is often called for as part of feasibility studies for infrastructure investments.
Example: Water and environmental services in Albania
Between 2014 and 2020 NCG has been providing gender and stakeholder monitoring support to the Embassy of Tirana on two environmental projects – the Environmental Service Project (ESP) and the Water Resource and Irrigation Project (WRIP).
Both projects are executed by the Albanian government and administered by the WB. The development objective of the ESP for Albania is to support sustainable land management practices and increase communities’ monetary and non-monetary benefits in targeted project areas which are mainly in erosion-prone rural upland areas.
The ESP comprises, inter alia, activities to strengthen the institutional capacity to build a stable institutional environment that facilitates sustainable upland use management to maximize the provision of the different environmental services; IPARD-like grants to farmers are provided and a gender component is included to increase female participation and access to the grants opportunities. In the WRIP project the Nordic Consulting Group consultant is mainly involved with monitoring of the gender and stakeholder aspects of the process to develop the Albanian National Integrated Water Resource Management Strategy as well as two River Basin Plans for Drin-Buna and the Semani Rivers.