Promoting the protection of plant diversity, energy efficiency and education in the Botanical Garden at the Faculty Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Promoting the protection of plant diversity, energy efficiency and education in the Botanical Garden at the Faculty Natural Sciences and Mathematics
For its long-term experience, staff support and available space, the BotanicGarden of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences(FMNS) is indubitably the most apt institution in the Republic of Macedonia as regards activities aimed at realizing GSPC’s goals and tasks. The Garden organizationally belongs to the Department of Botany at the Institute of Biology, integral to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Activities leading to its establishment commenced in 1948, whereas in 1951, the surrounding area, measuring about 11.5 ha, was fenced off. During its formation, numerous experts au

fait with botanic gardens were consulted, thereby ensuring its speedy development into a building of discernible physiognomy. Systematic fields were enriched with numerous autochthonous plant species of the Macedonian flora, along with plant species from other parts of the globe, acquired through the widely established exchange of seed material. Great many floristically significant plant species have been placed within the building and treated as protected species outside their natural habitat. For a few years now, the Garden has been a member of the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) under the codename of SCOPG.
However, despite managing to conduct its set tasks in the former period, the Botanic Garden nowadays is facing considerable difficulties, especially in regard to the financial supportand the ongoing staff attrition (during the Garden’s most active period, a total of two research assistants and 19 workers were employed, whereas today, the Garden has but a single employee). Moreover, the modern concept of protecting plant diversity and placing botanic gardens on the front line imposes the need to re-define this noble institution, which entails spatial and architectural re-arrangement, as well as staffing and modernization. By conducting the reconstruction, the Botanic Garden, being a BGCI member, should thus achieve a sufficiently high organizational, staff and infrastructural level for it to be successful at implementing the necessary research, protective and educational activities.

For this purpose, the Macedonian Biological Society (MBS), in cooperation with the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, makes efforts to overcome the Garden’s current stagnation, in an attempt to fulfill the vision for its further development. Much welcome would be any financial assistance for the reconstruction of at least one of the glasshouses in the Botanic Garden, hence providing suitable conditions for the plants’ development. A new steel roof would be built over the building and covered with lexan and glass. Improvements to the central heating installation are also foreseen, which, owing to its lacking capacity, directly affects the plants; this was especially pronounced last winter, when more than 30% of plants collected decades back froze and withered. Besides providing infrastructural upgrades, this project will also enhance the capacities of the Botanic Garden, improve cooperation with the national institutions and the botanic gardens abroad, improve the educational function, promote the Garden to the general public (especially to Macedonia’s educational institutions) and design a strategic plan to further develop the Botanic Garden.

1. Improving the conditions for keeping rare and endemic plant species in the Botanic Garden at the FMNS;
2. Reconstructing and improvingenergy efficiency of the building purposed for their conservation;
3. Raising the awareness for the protection of nature and plant diversity in the general public and promoting ecological awareness in citizens.
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Project Snapshot

Makedonsko Biolosko drustvo
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 24,785.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 21,912.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 3,170.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Tonnes of CO2 decreased or avoided by energy efficient and renewable energy technologies or applying environmentally sustainable transport practices introduced by SGP Project 66
Total monetary value (US dollars) of ecosystem goods sustainably produced and providing benefit to project participants and/or community as a whole (in the biodiversity, international waters, and land degradation focal areas as appropriate) 1000

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Zlatko Samardziev
Ms Melita Ivanova


Majka Tereza 15/6
Skopje, 1000