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17.12.2012

Held 9th annual meeting of environmental civil society organizations

The 9th Annual Meeting of environmental CSOs was held from 14th till 16th December in Struga. The meeting was organized by Macedonian Green Center, with support of USAID, Milieukontakt Macedonia, UNDP and the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning of the Republic of Macedonia.  The annual meeting was held in frame of USAID project for Municipal Climate Change Strategies, implemented by Milieukontakt Macedonia

At the opening of the meeting were present Mr. Michael Stievater, Director of the Democracy and Local Governance in USAID Macedonia, and Mr. Igor Slavkoski, Director of Milieukontakt Macedonia. 

USAID project for Municipal Climate Change Strategies was presented during the annual meeting. For this project CSOs can submit applications for joint projects with municipalities for creation of local strategies and pilot measures for decreasing of effects of climate change.   

Ms. Pavlina Zdraveva presented UNDP climate change programme for Macedonia, and the communication strategy which is in a preparation phase. 

Representatives from more than 50 CSOs took part at the meeting and defined the problems and priorities concerning climate change and environment in the Republic of Macedonia.  

Conclusions and recommendation of the meeting were discussed with the Minister of Environment and Physical Planning, Mr. Abdilaqim Ademi. 

Main outcome from the meeting with the Minister, is agreement to form a joint advisory body between civil society organizations and representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning. The aim of this advisory body will be to increase collaboration, and improve communication between civil society organizations and representatives of all departments of the Ministry. 

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