On February 15, 2021, ZOR Milieukontakt Macedonia organized the second training on the topic "RETURNING TO NATURE: Principles for investing in jobs related to nature protection and initiatives to stimulate the economy after the pandemic." The training was implemented within the CBIT project "Strengthening the institutional and technical capacity to improve transparency on climate change under the Paris Agreement (CBIT project)" of the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning (MoEPP), which is implemented in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
The aim of the workshop is to provide information to relevant stakeholders and academia on the links between nature conservation actions, climate change, the need for nature conservation jobs and investments in the low-carbon green economy in the post-pandemic period.
The workshop was attended by around 40 representatives of public institutions, representatives of the Government of RNM, MoEPP, MLSP, UNDP, GEF, Institute of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, municipalities in RNM and representatives of civil society organizations working in the field of environment.
Mr. Aleksandar Janevski, Advisor for protection of flora, fungal diversity and natural habitats and protection of faunal diversity and implementation of CITES in the MoEPP, presented the Institutional Framework for Nature Protection, competencies and responsibilities of the Sector for Nature at the MoEPP , ratified international conventions, directives and documents for nature protection, as well as strategic documents for nature protection at national level. The presentation also gave a brief overview of the Green Treaty of the European Union and the Green Treaty of the Western Balkans, where building resilient and sustainable economies, in parallel with the protection of the environment and human health, and the transition to coal-dependent regions, elimination of fossil fuels and the application of new sustainable renewable energy sources are key elements.
Dr. Petra Pop Ristova in her presentation "Green Recovery", addressed the ecosystem services and the dependence of the world economy which is based on natural resources and ecosystem services, as well as the principles of investing in green jobs. The presentation emphasized the need to rebuild ecosystems, which will contribute to reducing greenhouse gases and improving economic benefits. Information was also shared on the adoption of the Green Renewal Package which envisages reforms for recovery and prosperity after the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes environmental reforms, fiscal and regulatory reforms.
Within the session provided for local experiences, ie contribution to nature protection, Ms. Jasminka Pashaliska Andonovska, presented the activities of the Nature Conservation Program (PHP) related to post-Covid adaptation and climate change, whose main goal is the region of Bregalnica to preserve its natural values and promote socio-economic development that is sustainable and inclusive. In addition to strengthening the institutional capacities and capacities of the stakeholders, several projects have been implemented (TIC Ponikva - Exterior landscaping and equipment, Promotion of natural values of Lesnovo, Promotion of the micro region Malesh - Pijanec, Sustainable crop residue management and Old century trees Malesh Pijanec region), 35 projects have been implemented by Citizen Associations (14 projects related to EE, OIE / climate change and 21 projects related to sustainable use of natural resources and raising public awareness). One of the completed projects is the Educational Center for Nature Conservation in the village Negrevo, Pehchevo, whose goal is to contribute to the preservation of nature in the Bregalnica region, through education and raising public awareness, as well as promoting the sustainable use of natural resources.
The last presentation of this training was intended for new technological solutions based on nature protection, where examples were given worldwide and nationally. For example, the use of green infrastructure in water management in an urban environment, can be the restoration of natural and artificial habitats, water collection, pavements, then afforestation and greening of urban buildings and others. At the national level, as a positive example were mentioned the artificial water habitats for wastewater treatment in the village. Karbinci, as well as the installation of green infrastructure for flood protection on Lake Dojran. It was pointed out that practicing these solutions, in addition to being effective, is quite economical and easy to maintain.
The entire training is available on this link. More trainings in the field of climate change are available on the training plan.