The World Day for Biological Diversity was marked on 22 May in Skopje with the promotion of two important strategic documents – the National Strategy for Nature Conservation with Action Plan (2017-2027) and the National Strategy for Biological Diversity with Action Plan (2018-2023).
The event organised by the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning with the support of the UN Environment Programme – Skopje Office, the Nature Conservation Programme in North Macedonia and the German International Cooperation Agency GIZ, was addressed by:
- Sadulla Duraku, Minister of Environment and Physical Planning,
- Stephane Tomagian, deputy ambassador of Switzerland to North Macedonia,
- Iskra Stojanova, representative of the UN Environment Programme, Skopje Office and
- Berthold Schirm, project manager at the German Cooperation Agency (GIZ).
In relation to the promotion of these two significant documents, Minister Sadulla Duraku stressed:
With the implementation of the activities from the action plans of the two strategies we will improve the implementation of the national legislation on nature protection, the implementation of the EU directives on habitats and birds as EU’s most important instruments for nature preservation, and we will implement more efficiently the stipulations from international conventions and agreements on nature preservation.
The topic of this year’s celebration of the World Day for Biological Diversity was “Our biological diversity, our food, our health”, which underscored the links between the conservation of biological diversity with the food we consume daily and the health of living beings on the planet.