he present publication contains the third Environmental Performance Review of North Macedonia. The report examines the progress made by the country in the management of its environment since it was reviewed for the second time in 2011 and assesses the implementation of the recommendations made in the second review. The third review covers legal and policy frameworks, greening the economy, environmental monitoring, public participation and education for sustainable development. Furthermore, it addresses issues of specific importance to the country related to air protection, biodiversity and protected areas, as well as water, waste and chemicals management. The review further provides a substantive and policy analysis of the country’s climate change adaptation and mitigation measures and its participation in international mechanisms. The review has an additional thematic angle on the Sustainable Development Goals: it includes an assessment of relevant targets and recommendations related to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.
The publication is aimed at officials and experts working for public authorities responsible for environmental policy, representatives of civil society, the business community, academia and the media.
The Committee and the ECE secretariat are grateful to the Government of North Macedonia and its experts who worked with the international experts and contributed their knowledge and expertise. ECE would also like to express its deep appreciation to the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and the German Federal Environment Agency for their support by providing funds through the Advisory Assistance Programme, and to Norway and Switzerland for their financial support to this review.
Sincere thanks also go to Germany, Hungary, Sweden and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for having provided their experts to this review. Furthermore, ECE is grateful to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for its support of this review.
ECE also takes this opportunity to thank Germany, Norway, Portugal and Switzerland for their financial support to the EPR Programme in 2018 and expresses its deep appreciation to Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Switzerland for having provided their experts for the ECE Expert Group on Environmental Performance Reviews, which undertook the expert review of this report.