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UNDP awards 17 environmental protection grants

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EU-funded grants worth EUR 50-100 thousand will go to environmental projects to be carried out by 17 municipalities and civil society organizations in Macedonia. The projects are aimed at environmental protection and the sustainable use of natural resources.

The grants are part of EU’s Program for Improving the Management of Protected Areas. The EUR 4 million program is implemented by the UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning.

Out of 79 submissions, UNDP’s Evaluation Office awarded grants to the municipalities of Kavadarci, Gostivar, and Prilep, as well as the following civil society organizations: Center for promotion of sustainable agricultural practices and rural development CeProSARDMilieukontakt Macedonia; Association for Local and Rural Development; KOCKA Training Institute; “Krste Jon” Scout Group; Ursus Speleos Exploring Society; Izvor NGO; Civil Association Elipsa Kumanovo; Natura NovaEkosvest (EcoAwareness)Eko turizam (EcoTourism) 2016; Tikveshija Hunting Club; Siniot proekt (The Blue Project), and the Balkan Foundation for Sustainable Development.

The municipalities and civil society associations responded to the open call for smaller-scale grants by submitting their own project proposals, while the governance bodies of eight larger protected areas are currently drafting project proposals for grants worth EUR 200,000-400,000.

These grants will be given to the Pelister, Galichica, and Mavrovo national parks; the Dojran, Prespa, and Ohrid Lakes; the nature reserve Jasen, and the natural monument Matka canyon.