Nature protection and biodiversity - Outlook 2020 (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)
- Nature and biodiversity
Current plans, especially the National Strategy for Biodiversity Action Plan, NEAP 2, the Spatial Plan of the Republic, the National Strategy for Sustainable Development, the National Strategy for Rural Areas Development, etc., envisage a significant increase in protected areas and their integrated protection through capacity building with management bodies and the adoption and implementation of management plans in the coming period – 2010-2020 (Table 5).
|2009 status||Prospect: 2010-2020||Aggregate|
|Category of protected area (PA)||Number of PAs||Area
|% of the national territory||Number of proposed PAs||Area
|% of the national territory||Number of PAs||Area
|% of the national territory|
According to current projections, 194 areas and objects of nature will be protected by 2020 reaching a total of 263 protected areas and objects, in all 296 963 km2 or 11.5 % of the Republic.
The establishment of the Natura 2000 and National Ecological Network is of particular importance as this will create conditions for full achievement of international criteria, as well as the requirements of the relevant EU acquis concerning the protection of natural heritage and conservation of biological diversity in the Republic.