REC Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has been present in the country through a local coordinator since July 1993, and the country office officially began operations in January 1995. The REC's development programmes have been designed to promote the following key processes:
integrated waste management planning and public procurement (innovative competitive tendering towards private sector participation in waste management);
strategic environmental assessment;
integrated water resources planning;
public participation in decision making on environmental protection issues;
cooperation between NGOs, the government, local authorities, the business sector and other stakeholders; and
raising public awareness of environmental issues and education for sustainable development.
The REC's methodology encourages:
local solutions to local environmental problems and a broader-based approach to regional problems; and
an integrated approach to addressing environmental problems in a sustainable manner.
The country office's programmes and projects help to strengthen the knowledge and capacities of individuals and organisations contributing to the solving of environmental problems in the region.
Waste and wastewater management
Grants management (NGOs and local authorities)
Environmental information and public participation
Environmental impact assessments (EIA) and strategic environmental assessments (SEA)
Local biodiversity action plans (LBAPs) and local environmental action plans (LEAPs)
Energy saving and energy efficiency