This is the second EPR of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia published by UNECE. The report takes stock of the progress made by the country in the management of its environment since the country was first reviewed in 2003. It assesses the implementation of the recommendations in the first review (Annex I). It also covers nine issues of importance to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia concerning policymaking, planning and implementation, the financing of environmental policies and projects, and the integration of environmental concerns into economic sectors, in particular water management, waste management and forestry. Health issues are also covered.
The Environmental Performance Review Programme is considered an important instrument for countries with economies in transition. The second round, while taking stock of the progress made since the first cycle of reviews, puts particular emphasis on implementation, integration, financing and the socio-economic interface with the environment. Through the peer review process, EPRs also promote dialogue among UNECE member countries and harmonization of environmental conditions and policies throughout the region. As it is a voluntary exercise, an EPR is undertaken only at the request of the country concerned.
The main outcome of the EPR is the recommendations, which were elaborated by the Expert Group, peer reviewed, discussed with a high-level delegation from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and adopted by the UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy on 26 May 2011.
UNECE would also like to express its appreciation to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and to the German Federal Environment Agency for their support to the EPR Programme through the Advisory Assistance Programme for Environmental Protection in the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia; to the Governments of Portugal and the United States of America for having delegated their experts for the review; to UNEP and WHO, and the United Nations Development Programme for their support of the EPR Programme and this review.
The report was launched 28 March 2012 in Skopje.
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