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Lake Prespa loses its water and dies out, protection measures to be implemented within the next six years

The wide sandy beaches of Lake Prespa in the very south of the Republic of North Macedonia are ideal for tourists in the summer months, but only until the visitors decide to replace sunbathing with swimming in the lake. Silt, algae, muddy and shallow water are everyday experience of the visitors at Lake Prespa, and the dire situation with...

Matka Canyon near Skopje to be re-declared a natural monument by the end of the year

The Matka Canyon, near Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, still awaits its re-declaration as a natural monument and the genuine protection of its rarities. The Ministry of Environment is currently working on appending the text of the draft law for declaring the Matka Canyon a natural monument, after receiving the written remarks from Skopje City Hall, Saraj Municipality...

Skopje lacks funds for a wider network of air pollution measuring stations and a Green Cadaster

There are no funds for a wider network of low-price air pollution measuring stations, which were supposed to be emplaced all across Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia. There are no funds for the preparation of the Green Cadaster, either. With the last rebalancing of the City of Skopje's budget, that was voted in on Monday, only one proposal...

Construction of new hydro power plants, mines, hotels and roads in new Shar Mountain National Park will be banned

Construction of new hydro power plants, opening new mines, geological researchеs or new pipeline infrastructure will be banned on the whole territory of the Shar Mountain National Park. In all the planned management zones of the national park, raising introduced and invasive plants and animals will be banned as well. In the protected area of Shar Мountain, construction of houses...

North Macedonia gets more money from taxes than it spends on protection of environment

The inflow in the central budget of North Macedonia from the environmental taxes is on the rise. In 2019, €219 084 552 were collected in the state budget i.e. a record sum of taxes was paid, compared to the previous years, shows the State Statistical Office's data. A year before, in 2018, €209 190 164 were collected, while in 2014,...

EU requests bigger money contributions to the fight against the air pollution in North Macedonia

European Commission's latest report about North Macedonia and its reforms clearly stresses that North Macedonia should increase the assetsthat are allocated on national and local levels to decrease air pollution. "...limited implemention and ressources, weak inter-sectoral cooperation and coordination between central and local authorities limits the impact of measures to reduce air pollution. Air pollution in major cities remains a...

North Macedonia bans single-use plastic in protected areas from 1st of December, plastic bags prices will rise at least sevenfold

All single-use plastic in the catering establishment in the protected areas in North Macedonia will be banned from the 1st of December 2021, announced the Minister of Environment Naser Nuredini in a press conference about the new package of laws on waste. Nuredini stressed that starting from December the sale of plastic bags in supermarkets and the grocery stores throughout...

Slag from melting scrap iron in “Makstil” used as building material in North Macedonia

The dross produced in the process of melting scrap iron in the "Makstil" smelter in Skopje, North Macedonia, will be used as material for subbases of new roads and streets and as partial substitute for cement in the production of concrete blocks. This innovation which was presented in the industrial complex “Makstil” yesterday to Fatmir Bytyqi, the Deputy Prime minister...

The world is banning the plastic bags, while we still discuss if their prices should go up!

While the world is completely banning the single-use plastic and the plastic bags, in North Macedonia there are still debates whether to increase their prices in the supermarkets and if that can help to decrease the waste production. Civic organizations call the municipalities to account and say that even the best laws are in vain if the local self-government...

Global warming: Sea snot appears on Aegean Sea beaches in Chalkidiki, Greece

A slimy foam named sea snot, also known as marine mucilage, which results from global warming, has been appearing increasingly on the Greek beaches during the summer of 2021. Photos of some of the beaches on the Chalkidiki (Halkidiki) peninsula this September show that the Aegean Sea indeed occasionally sprouts such organic foam. Scientists relate the appearance of sea snot...

North Macedonia last year invested €8 million in air quality protection, industry’s share was €1.3 million

Even though the air pollution in North Macedonia is a hot topic, the investments in air protection are scarce. Last year, around €8 million were registered as expenditures and investments in air quality protection, show the latest data provided by the State Statistical Office (SSO). The industry and the specialized producers throughout the country have invested in MKD 124,558,000...

The young should go into education for green jobs, qualified personnel lacking in all industries

The energy efficiency, the renewable sources of energy, the construction engineering, the agriculture, the waste treatment and the natural resources conservation are some of the areas that in the last few years have been creating a large number of green jobs. The concepts of sustainability and the circular economy are becoming part of almost every aspect of the everyday...

In single decade in North Macedonia 150,000 registered vehicles more, most of them pre-owned

From 350,762 registered vehicles in 2012 up to 500,633 vehicles with North Macedonia registry plates last year! In less than a decade, the number of vehicles traversing North Macedonia's roads has increased by 150,000. What is causing a great concern is that these are mostly older vehicles which are heavy polluters. The national data provided by the State Statistical Office...

Man must stop destroying natural habitats and save biodiversity

The destruction of the natural habitats or their endangerment to a degree when the animals and the plants have no basic conditions for sheer survival has become the gruesome reality of the modern society. Man's need to usurp and use the resources only for his needs is one of the biggest threats to the biodiversity. Despite the dangers lurking...

With 66 votes in favor, Parliament of North Macedonia declares Shar Mountain a national park

The Parliament of the Republic of North Macedonia yesterday adopted the Law on declaring  part of Shar Mountain a national park. With this act, Shar Mountain became the fourth national park in the country, but also the first to be declared since the country's independence. The last declaration of a national park in Macedonia happened in 1958 in the...

Pendarovski didn’t sign the Law on Legalizing Illegal Constructions, calls it hidden amnesty for criminals

President of North Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski this afternoon notified the President of the Parliament, Talat Xhaferi that he decided to not sign the Decree promulgating the law for legalizing the illegally constructed buildings. Pendarovski said that this decision was made on the basis of a detailed analysis of the Law's content, when he determined it is contrary to some of...

Photovoltaic power plants most numerous among the new energy facilities in North Macedonia last year

There is still a great interest in North Macedonia for producing electricity from the sun and water as renewable sources of energy (RSE) compared to remaining sources of green energy. Like in the previous years, the number of newly built energy plants in the last year were photovoltaic plants, while the small hydro power plants that were built have...

Auditors say steps taken in past three years didn’t reduce air pollution in North Macedonia

Although a positive step, the activities toward reducing the air pollution in North Macedonia which were undertaken in the past three years did not reach the set goals and did not provide the desired effect, declares the State Audit Office - SAO of North Macedonia in its final audit report on the monitoring of the recommendations given by the...

Тhe waste and the landfills in North Macedonia in 2030: It is high time people changed their habits!

A usual morning at a bakery in Skopje... Two-quarters of burek and two cans of yogurt, says customer Tome. He came to buy breakfast for his family, but he forgot to take the cloth bag with him. Even if he had taken it with him, the saleswoman would have been surprised if Tome had offered his bag to put...

Environmentalists request revision of the law and protection of Shar Mountain from new mini hydro power plants

Civil society organizations are urging the Ministry of Environment of North Macedonia to revise the Law for declaring Shar Mountain a national park since, as they state, the proposed draft law doesn't offer protection from the negative influence of the mini hydro power plants. Environmentalists from 44 associations and initiatives, with a joint stance, have requested from Minister Naser Nuredini,...