the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
- FYR Macedonia: Cold Wave - Jan 2017
- FYR Macedonia: Flash Floods - Aug 2016
- FYR Macedonia: Flash Floods and Mudslides - Aug 2015
- South-Eastern Europe: Floods - Feb 2015
- FYR Macedonia: Cold Wave - Dec 2014
- FYR Macedonia: Floods - Feb 2013
- Europe/Northern Africa: Cold Wave - Jan 2012
- Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic - Apr 2009
- The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Forest Fires - Jul 2007
- Central/Eastern Europe: Heat Wave - Jul 2007
by Susanna Dakash, Youth and Civic Engagement Consultant, UNDP Europe and Central Asia
In 2015, 900,000 refugees and migrants crossed through Southeast Europe in the largest displacement of people since World War II. Many crossed from Greece to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia on their way to northern Europe.
The Strumica River Basin is the country’s main agricultural centre, producing over 180,000 tonnes of vegetables each year. The soil is fertile, nourished by the Strumica River, and the local farmers have a reputation as hard workers.
But agriculture has become an ever more risky way to make a living in recent years as the weather becomes increasingly unpredictable, with intensive rains causing the Strumica River to flood thousands of hectares of farmland in February 2015.
Feb 16, 2017
UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton today joined the Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Arbr Ademi, Charge d’Affaires Toyokazu Kubota from the Embassy of Japan in Skopje, and the Mayor of Kumanovo, Zoran Damjanovski, in celebrating the reconstruction of the main road in the village of Tabanovce. The cost to repair the stretch of road was USD 173,000.
The European Commission (EC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have launched an initiative to increase disaster prevention in cities across seven countries and territories in the Western Balkans.
The two-year project, to be implemented by UNDP in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo*, Montenegro and Serbia, will equip municipalities to reduce the risks associated with flash floods, earthquakes, droughts and other disasters.
Post-Disaster Needs Assessment to plan strategy to “build back better”
Skopje, 23 August 2016: The European Union and the World Bank, together with the UN agencies in the country, have responded swiftly to the Government’s request for assistance in addressing the damage caused by the devastating floods that hit the country earlier this month.
Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Ademi
Deputy Prime Minister and Chair of the Crisis Management Committee Todorov
Minister of Finance Minoski
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Isajlovski
Excellencies, dear colleagues
Thank you, Mr. Deputy Prime Minister, for the invitation to speak here on behalf of the United Nations family.
The remote rural municipality of Konce is a beautiful but by no means easy place to live—and the record floods that hit the area in January 2015 have been making life a whole lot harder.
Report calls for building disaster risk into development efforts
Sarajevo, 20 May 2016 – Two years after massive flooding caused widespread devastation and loss of life in the Western Balkans, countries in the sub-region have taken steps to reduce the risk of disasters but more will need to be done to protect people from future destruction, according to the Human Development Report for the Western Balkans, launched here today.
The Municipality of Cesinovo-Oblesevo suffered severe damage from flooding in February last year when the Bregalnica River reached record levels. Located in the east of the country in the heart of the Bregalnica river basin, the municipality has continues to suffer from damaged infrastructure.
Many of the severest consequences of the flooding have arisen from damage to what might at first seem a minor part of the infrastructure—an underground concrete pipe, or culvert, that broke under the impact of heavy rain.
The bridge over the River Bregalnica between the village of Razlovci and the town of Delcevo won’t win any prizes for design or architecture, but for the villagers of Razlovci it is a vital connection to the rest of the country. Around a thousand people depend on the bridge to get to Delcevo for work and school, healthcare and shopping.
Skopje, 4 April 2016: The European Union Delegation signed the second contract within the frame of the major EU Flood Recovery Programme.
The Programme, funded in the amount of 10 million euros, has been designed to help the country overcome the damage caused by flooding in 2015 and to reconstruct and upgrade the country’s flood prevention infrastructure over the next two and a half years.
The flash floods that hit the country early last year dealt a devastating blow to villagers in the rural Municipality of Mogila, forcing evacuations and causing mudslides that have cut local people off from the towns of Prilep and Bitola.
Situated in the heart of the Pelagonija region in the far south of the country, the Municipality of Mogila experienced record flood-levels at the end of January 2015, then again in February and early March.
With the cleaning of the main storm-drain channel in the town of Novo Selo, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has embarked upon a six-year programme designed to reduce the risk of flooding and improve water quality in the Strumica River Basin, which is home to 125,000 people in six largely agricultural municipalities in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
The CHF 2.9 million (USD 3 million) programme, called “Restoring the Health of the Strumica River Basin,” is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and implemented by UNDP.
Dear Mr. Deputy Prime Minister
Dear Mr. Minister
Dear Ambassador Orav
Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen
On behalf of the entire United Nations family here in Skopje, let me start by thanking the Secretariat for European Affairs and the Regional Cooperation Council for organizing an event devoted to such a crucial issue, as well as for the opportunity to share a few remarks during this opening session.
Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Fatmir Besimi, Head of the EU Delegation Aivo Orav and UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton officially announced the start of the EU Flood Recovery Programme.
On this year’s #GivingTuesday, UNDP donated a new US $20,000 waste-management truck to the municipality of Kumanovo to help local communities cope with the refugee crisis that has seen more than 750,000 people cross the country so far this year.
The municipality will use the truck to remove the heaps of garbage that accumulate as refugees and migrants make their way, entering from Greece at Gevgelija in the south and exiting into Serbia at Kumanovo in the north.
Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC)
Type: GHG emissions reduction and climate change mitigation policies and measures (projects) and GHG emission reduction expressed as a baseline scenario target (sectoral)
Commits to reduce the CO emissions from fossil fuels combustion for 30%, that is, for 36% at a higher level of ambition, by 2030 compared to the BAU scenario
Lake Prespa in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is one of only a handful of ancient freshwater lakes in the world, and its waters and wetlands are home to many plants and animals that are found nowhere else. It is a national treasure, as well as a crucial source of livelihoods for the 40,000 people who live and work in the region.
“Get Airports Ready for Disaster” workshops will take place at Skopje and Ohrid airports
UNDP recognizes governance as a key unresolved issue in both the configuration and the reduction of disaster risk. With the aim of protecting development investments and ultimately building people’s resilience, UNDP has made strengthening disaster risk governance a cornerstone of its efforts to understand, reduce and manage risk.