1 February 2017

Info day on Natura 2000

What is Natura 2000? What does it mean for EU member states and for the candidate countries? Today, at the EU InfoCentre students from the high school "Josip Broz Tito" had an opportunity to learn about the Programme Natura 2000. The aim of this informative session was to educate the young audience about the significance of the nature protection and the importance of Natura 2000 Network.

EU representative informed the students about EU assistance in this domain and in particular about efforts made by the Delegation of the European Union in Skopje in partnership with national and local authorities in this regard. The EU funded project on Natura 2000 in amount of 1.1 million EUR is the first step towards helping the country in establishing Natura 2000 network and joining the world's largest network of protected areas.

The Natura 2000 Project Team Leader, Mr Daniel Bogner presented the EU funded project “Strengthening the Capacities for Implementation of Natura 2000” in the country and explained how the project will contribute for bringing the country closer to EU in terms of managing and protecting its natural values. Mr Bogner explained the meaning of the Natura 2000 network and its aim to ensure the long-term survival of Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats, listed under both the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive.

Ms Aleksandra Bujaroska, legal expert on environment from the NGO Front 21/42 presented her work in the field of environment and spoke about the importance of biodiversity and how the country needs to improve and strengthen legislation on nature protection of natural habitat and wild flora and fauna on its territory in a way to become part of EU.

The presentations motivated huge interest among the students. They wanted to learn more about the meaning of the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive, the good Natura 2000 practices in the EU member states, and the identification of the Natura 2000 sites in the country. Discussion on how to preserve the biodiversity in our country and what are the biggest threats assessed at this moment raised big interest between the students. A good understanding of basics on nature protection and biodiversity was demonstrated by the students which was very appreciated by the speakers. The overall discussion proved the interest and commitment of young people to contribute for better nature protection in the country.

The series of lectures "Good to Know" are organised under the recently launched nation-wide campaign "EU for YOU” about the EU assistance to the country, with its first theme being environment under the motto "Clean Environment for All"!