In the first year, in 2005, we started with 50 projects replicating and upgrading energy efficiency in all parts of Macedonia. All projects were set with tangible results for energy efficiency activities.
Mr. Vladimir Karchicki
Grantee, President of Proaktiva
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Country Programme Snapshot

Start Date 2005
# of Projects 120
Total Grant Amount US$ 2,168,355
Total cash Co-Financing US$ 1,740,680
Total In-Kind Co-Financing US$ 908,713

Country Portfolio by Area of Work

Climate Change Mitigation
International Waters
Land Degradation
Global Publications

The proliferation of harmful chemicals is a growing concern for human health and well-being and the global environment.During its 6th replenishment period (July 2014 to June 2018; GEF-6), GEF continues to play a catalytic role in leveraging budgetary resources to support elimination and reduction of harmful chemicals and waste.The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) is the special window of the GEF providing financial and technical support to communities and civil society organizations for addressing global environmental challenges, while also promoting poverty reduction and sustainable development. In the chemicals and waste focal area, SGP focuses its support to communities at the forefront of chemical threats either as users or consumers, including women and indigenous peoples.As of April 2017, SGP has supported 565 projects with an investment of more than $16 million in GEF grant funding, leveraging more than $18 million in co-financing from multiple sources. SGP’s chemicals and waste portfolio has focused on:  solid waste management to avoid open burning of waste;  pesticide management in agriculture and organic farming; • reduction of chemicals usage and contamination (such as PCB) in small-scale businesses;   capacity development, awareness raising and knowledge sharing.

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In this report, launched in March 2006 at the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 8) in Brazil, the SGP and the Equator Initiative collaboratively present thirty case studies from their portfolio to document and draw preliminary lessons from the successes of community-based biodiversity enterprises. While these cases are selected from across Latin America and the Caribbean and initially emerged from an international workshop in Merida, Mexico, they offer valuable lessons for a global agenda.

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Country Impact

Preservation and protection:

  • Globally/ nationally significant species (sheep, bee, cow, water buffalo; water lily, wheat, oat, barley, apple, pear, bats, river trout), and national significant biodiversity areas (Matka Canyon, Vevcani water springs site, Smolare waterfalls),

  • Applied environmentally sustainable transport practice (bicycle rent-a-bike system in capital city Skopje – local transport policy)

Energy Efficiency:

  • Promoted energy efficient (EE) and renewable energy technologies ( helping the town of Delcevo and Gevgelija with new EE light bulbs – local policy to reinvest in EE saved monies in new/ up-scaled local eco projects with/ by NGOs

Eliminating Chemicals:

  • Reducing or eliminating POPs (reducing plastic and PET waste in Skopje and region of Polog-NW Macedonia – local waste management policy set up to include NGOs as equal partners)
  • First production of biodiesel in Macedonia from waste and virgin vegetable oil and its usage in B100 form in agro machinery


Mr. Zlatko Samardziev
National Coordinator
Phone: +389-(0)2-310-99-56
Fax: +389-(0)2-310-99-56
Ms. Melita Ivanova
Programme Assistant
Phone: +389-(0)2-310-99-56
Fax: +389-(0)2-310-99-56


Majka Tereza 15/6 , Skopje 1000