Within the framework of the project " Common plans for biodiversity conservation and sustainable targets for the development of a bilateral network of protected areas - COMBINE2PROTECT" funded by the European Union through the Interreg IPA cross-border cooperation program between Greece and the Republic of R. North Macedonia on 29 and 30 May (Wednesday and Thursday) was held the second working meeting of the project team in Florina, Greece.
The members of the project team were present at the meeting: Center for Development of the South-East Planning Region, University "Aristotle" in Thessaloniki, Greece, State Environmental Inspectorate, R. Macedonia. Macedonia and the Region of Western Macedonia from Florina, Greece.
The main goal of the meeting was to present the process and the progress of the content of the book of species / habitats and ecosystem services of protected areas with an emphasis on priority species and habitats, as well was presented the progress of the trilingual web platform and infra-structural issues presented by Greek experts engaged by of the project partner 4 - The Region of Western Macedonia from Florina, Greece.
Additionally, the course of the project activities and the deadlines for their realization were discussed in each of the project partners. It was also discussed about the problems and challenges that project partners face in implementing certain activities and how to deal with them and the activities that follow within the project.
The third working meeting of the project team is planned to be held in September in Skopje.
This project is co-financed by the European Union and the National Funds of the participating countries
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