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 North Macedonia on 28 and 29 October (Monday and Tuesday) was held the third working meeting of the project team in Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia.




On the meeting attended representatives from: Center for Development of the South-East Planning Region, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, State Environmental Inspectorate, R.North Macedonia as well as macedonian experts in the field of biodiversity.

The main purpose of the meeting was to present the process and progress of project activities. They discussed about the organization of the following events such as the international conference on biodiversity, meetings of exchange of expertise and training seminars that will follow in the framework of the project. Also it was discussed about the progress of the book of species / habitat and ecosystem services of protected areas, with emphasis on priority species and habitats, as well as the content and design of the trilingual web platform presented by Greek partners from Aristotle University from Thessaloniki, 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 fourth working meeting of the project team is planned to be held in Strumica next year.


This project is co-funded by the European Union and the National Funds of the participating countries



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