MKM achieves high quality results by stimulating stakeholder involvement in its projects. It uses innovative participative methods for effective and sustainable decision making and can reach and directly involve local citizens. MKM works with local and national authorities, business and civil society. Through our partners in the Milieukontakt International network, we have direct access to social and political networks, know country specific laws, regulations, cultural aspects, civil society, environment and local networks in 20 european and Asian countries.
Through our methods we build trust and relationship with relevant stakeholders and we ensure project sustainability, as all our projects are based on local priorities, needs and wishes. The method is special – participation in the process is not limited to experts or certain stakeholder groups, but is broad and open to all; thus the process and its results are genuinely owned by the local people. Our work is result-oriented without losing an eye on the process.
The Green Agenda method that we developed and used in more than 10 countries in Europe and Asia is based on involving citizens in creating sustainable community strategies on preservation of cultural and natural values. In Macedonia the methodology was further enhanced for development of Municipal Climate Change strategies. Within the USAID Municipal Climate Change Strategies Project, MKM adapted the Green Agenda methodology and used in 8 pilot municipalities. The project aims at preparing municipal stakeholders to better manage local climate change challenges, with a special focus on improving local democratic processes and increasing capacity to adapt to climate change. The project approach seeks to address both the need to strengthen civil society and to raise awareness, boost activism, and bolster local resilience to climate change. Using an innovative methodology Green Agenda, it proposes to bring together various stakeholders, including CSOs, citizens, the private sector and municipal authorities, to develop a consensus-based strategy and action plan to address adaptation to climate change and mitigation of its effects. It also supports the implementation of urgent actions and pilot projects which will boost the municipal fight to climate change.