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
AS WARS AND CONFLICT IMPACT OUR LIVES
Building on the success of its recent environmental assessments in the Balkans region, including the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the United Nations Environment Programme is launching today its new Post-Conflict Assessment Unit.
UNEP News Release 00/94
UNHCR's Special Envoy Dennis McNamara is travelling to Belgrade this week to look into the situation of displaced Serb and Roma people from Kosovo who have moved into Serbia and Montenegro.
- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on 30 June that supply of water and electricity in Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro should be considered as humanitarian issues because they are essential, life- sustaining systems, particularly as winter is not far away. There was a sense that priority should be given to re-establishing conditions for the use of the Danube because of its importance to the region.
- The Romanian Minister of Environment Romica Tomescu has been quoted as stating that "pollution of water, air and land has grown since the beginning of the conflict", and that as a result, "negative consequences for animals and the population are to be feared..." (see specific items below).
- WWF International (P. Weller) reiterated in a radio interview on 26 May, that despite uncertainties on environmental impacts, the countries concerned do and will need assistance in terms of monitoring equipment and materials for same.
- A delegation from the Union of Greece Scientists returned from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) where they have examined the chemical plant at Pancevo and the refinery at Novi Sad. They have prepared a report including their observations on materials released to the environment, which is currently being translated. (WWF International, 5/19/99.)
- Greenpeace-Greece said on 19 May that NATO's bombing of FRY is not only causing widespread pollution throughout the Balkans but risks a major nuclear accident.
- Under the aegis of the joint "Focus" humanitarian relief programme of the Russian Federation, Greece and Switzerland, set up on 28 April, a team of ecology/environment experts is being dispatched to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) in the coming days. Two "Focus" humanitarian convoys have already gone to Pristina and Nis in FRY.
- UNDP announced on 11 May the creation
of a Kosovo Crisis Trust Fund to help Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic
of Macedonia (FYROM) address the medium and long-term implications of the
influx of ethnic Albanian refugees.
- The Red Cross announced they will carry out an assessment on the present and future ecological problems in Yugoslavia.
- During the recent meeting of European Union Environment Ministers, several delegations expressed concern over the environmental implication of NATO's bombing campaign.
- Scientific and environmental groups across the Balkans and the Swiss-based Worldwide Fund for Nature have expressed deep concern over potential ecological effects of the NATO bombing.
- Around 780'000 refugees have fled to neighboring countries.
- Albanian officials say they will accept
as many as one million refugees if necessary. Macedonian border appears
to be closed.
- Estimated number of refugees and displaced people has reached more than 718,000 - including 230,900 in FYR