Eight Municipalities and National Parks Selected for Nature Protection Grant SchemeJun 8, 2018
A total of eight applicants representing a diverse group of municipalities and national parks have been selected to receive grants of EUR 200,000 – 400,000 for nature protection projects as part of a EUR 4 million programme designed to improve the management of the country’s protected areas.
The three-year programme is funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning.
The successful applicants and proposed projects have been announced at today’s press conference held in the Pelister National Park by Minister of Environment and Physical Planning Sadulla Duraki, EU Ambassador Samuel Zbogar and UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton.
The successful applicants and their proposed projects are:
- Pelister National Park – Strengthening the capacities of the management authorities for sustainable management of the natural resources in Pelister National Park;
- Galicica National Park – Improving the management effectiveness of Galicica National Park through promotion, biodiversity conservation and monitoring;
- Mavrovo National Park – Improving the conservation and sustainability of the Mavrovo National Park;
- Municipality of Dojran – Restoring the Dojran Lake ecosystem;
- Municipality of Resen – Securing the sustainability of the Prespa Lake and Ezerani Nature Park;
- Jasen – Protecting the natural values of Jasen;
- City of Skopje – Improving the management of the eco-corridor Vodno-Saraj-Matka; and
- Municipalities of Ohrid, Struga, Debrca – Improving the water quality in Lake Ohrid.
“The successful implementation of these projects will contribute to more sustainable management of natural resources within the country’s protected areas. We will ‘show by doing’ that investing in nature protection brings economic benefits to the surrounding communities,” said Minister Duraki.
“The European Union is continuously assisting the country to build a better future for its citizens. We believe this programme will help protect the country’s rich biodiversity and natural areas while improving people’s lives” said Ambassador Zbogar.
“This is a country full of natural wonders, but unfortunately most protected areas are protected in name alone,” said UNDP’s Vinton. “Our shared goal is to start transforming the promise of protection into a reality, to safeguard the natural environment for future generations,” said UNDP’s Vinton.
In March 2018, smaller grants of up to EUR 100,000 were awarded to 17 municipalities and civic associations as part of the same programme, which aims to improve nature protection and to promote sustainable use of natural resources in the country. The programme will also construct two wastewater treatment plants in areas adjacent to important protected areas.