Project Summary

Begovo Pole-Jakupica Photo by UNDP

The country is immensely rich in biodiversity and in natural areas that require well-managed protection. However, serious improvement is needed in the management of protected areas to ensure the sustainability of natural resources and to show that nature protection is not a cost but rather a benefit for local communities and society in general.

The European Union is assisting the country and its citizens in addressing priority needs in improving the management of natural resources within protected areas, promoting more sustainable use of natural resources thus demonstrating through practical examples that nature protection and the economic development of communities can go hand in hand.

Through carefully designed activities, it will “show by doing” how protected areas management can be enhanced. It will help trigger transformational change in the way the country manages its natural resources, by creating scalable and replicable examples that demonstrate the social and economic benefits that derive from protecting natural resources.

Objectives

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-       The project aims to improve nature protection and to promote sustainable use of natural resources while increasing the capacity of management authorities of protected areas, local self-governments and NGOs to manage and promote protected areas in a professional and sustainable fashion.

-       It will help trigger transformational change in the way the country manages its natural resources, by creating scalable and replicable examples that demonstrate the social and economic benefits that derive from protecting natural resources.

-       The successful implementation of the project will contribute to more sustainable management of natural resources within protected areas in the country. It will also improve the country’s readiness to implement the EU nature protection framework and fulfil national commitments arising from the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

Expected Results



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-       The country’s natural capital is protected and enhanced as a result of the improved management, conservation and restoration of natural resources within priority protected areas;

-       Citizens benefit from a better balance between nature and development through improved management of priority protected areas and more sustainable use of natural resources;

-       Lessons learnt and best practices are shared at national and local levels;

-       Public and private actors have improved capacities to implement, monitor and evaluate policies related to environment, climate change and nature protection.

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