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Environmental Performance Reviews: Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Second Review

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The first Environmental Performance Reviews (EPR) of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was carried out in 2002. This second review intends to measure the progress made by the country in managing its environment and in addressing upcoming environmental challenges since the first EPR. To fight its difficult economic situation, after gaining its independence in 1991, the government carried out regulatory and structural reforms in order to correct its macroeconomic instability and facilitate the transition to a market economy. It pursued a range of economic reforms which were aimed at stimulating economic growth and improving the living standards of the population through development of the private sector, improvement of the investment climate and greater job creation.

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Forestry, biodiversity and protected areas

Since the fi rst EPR in 2002, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has made much progress in establishing a comprehensive legal framework and strategies for sustainably managing its forests, conserving biodiversity, and protecting its natural heritage. New laws and rulebooks are fi lling major legal, regulatory, and policy gaps, e.g. the Law on Nature Protection, the Law on Forests, and the Law on Hunting.

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