Creating a Green Cadastre to Help Make Skopje a Greener City

Feb 15, 2016

Photo: City Park, Skopje, by Husamedin Gina

In partnership with the capital city, the UN’s Development Programme is undertaking a complex process of mapping, recording and cataloguing all of the public green zones in the capital, and this includes each and every bush and tree.

The creation of this “green cadastre” is part of a larger program that aims both to promote an expansion in green spaces to match European norms for urban areas, and also to improve the city’s preparedness for natural disasters and climate change.

Experts have long argued that the city needs a complete registry of parks and other green spaces, including all species of vegetation, to improve planning and policy-making. Protecting green spaces is crucial both for environmental reasons and for the health and quality of life of city residents. 

“Creating a green cadastre will help improve the urban resilience of the City of Skopje,” explains the UNDP project manager Vasko Popovski. “Over the coming years, our city will need to develop strategies for coping with the future impact of climate change on urban infrastructure.”

The first green spaces to be mapped by the project are the greenery parcels in the City Park, the forest park in the Municipality of Gazi Baba, and the greenery along all the main boulevards. By the end of 2016, all green zones and other public greenery in the city will have been mapped and documented.

Compiling the cadastre consists of several components: a geodetic survey of the city’s green areas, trees, bushes and park vegetation; the design of a web application; and the development of a mobile application for collecting data in the field and a register of trees and bushes.

According to current estimates, the total area of public green spaces in the City of Skopje amounts to approximately 600 hectares, equivalent to 12.5 square meters of green space per inhabitant. This estimated total does not include protected areas such as the forest park of Vodno (4,770 hectares) and the forest park of Gazi Baba (105 hectares).

The European standard of 25 square meters of greenery per inhabitant, according to the City of Skopje, should be met by 2020 in line with the target set in the draft law on public green spaces.

Over the past year the City of Skopje has invested 3,300,000 MKD (60,000 USD) in the joint project with UNDP, which is called ‘Increasing urban resilience through the application of ICT technologies’.

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