Nature Conservation Programme in Macedonia-phase 2

Nature Conservation Programme is an umbrella programme that integrates all activities in the Bregalnica Region and follows a systemic approach in implementation of the interventions for nature conservation and sustainable development.

Factsheet

  • Lead department School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences
  • Institute Multifunctional forest management
  • Research unit Forest Policy and International Forest Management
  • Funding organisation Others
  • Duration (planned) 01.04.2017 - 31.12.2019
  • Project management Jürgen Blaser
  • Head of project Jürgen Blaser
  • Project staff Jelena Markovic
    Jürgen Blaser
  • Partner Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Faculty of Forestry
    Nature Conservation Programme
  • Keywords Regional development, biodiversity, integrative forest management, Eastern Macedonia

Situation

The project goal is to strengthen and to facilitate transfer of international and Swiss expertise and knowledge on new approaches of integrative forest management to the forestry sector in Macedonia adapted to local conditions.

Course of action

High percentage of forest cover in the Bregalnica watershed makes it and its biodiversity a major assets in the region. Through cooperation with the Faculty of Forestry and on behalf of the Swiss Development Cooperation, HAFL is facilitating activities on preparation, promotion and implementation of a regional forest management plan, as one measure for sustainable management of natural resources.

Result

Partnership is strengthened, facilitating transfer of international and Swiss expertise and knowledge on new approaches of integrated forest management to the forestry sector in Macedonia trough: block lectures at the Faculty in Skopje, presenting previous development in the project at the Macedonian day at the HAFL, developing together 2 BSc and 2 MSc thesis, initiating realization of the first Regional forest management plan in the East Region of Macedonia.

Looking ahead

The cooperation in the scope of the Nature Conservation Programme in Macedonia and partnership between HAFL and the Faculty of Forestry in Skopje will be continued in 2018, with prospects of continuing it until 2020.