On September 17th 2019, in Skopje, CNVP Macedonia organized a one-day workshop on integrated forest management and drainage basins management using GIS modeling and its application in the process of preparing specific forest management plans.
The aim of the workshop was to present the new approach to integrated forest management in drainage basins.
Project objectives, forest hydrology as well as flow processes and their importance in forestry planning were presented.
The project will encompass two pilot areas, one in the Republic of North Macedonia and one in Albania, where measures for integrated forest management in drainage areas will be tested. The pilot area in our country where the proposed flood and erosion protection measures will be tested is located in Skopska Crna Gora, in the drainage area Creshevska Reka, from where, in 2016, the flood wave headed towards the village of Stajkovci started.
During the workshop the participants discussed in groups on topics related to:
- GIS modeling and its use in the planning process (institutions, decision makers)
- Application of customized practices and GIS modeling, water balance planning and measures for its regulation (planners)
- Implementation and practical implications of GIS modeling in forestry operations in drainage basins
The workshop was attended by representatives of several institutions including the PE National Forests which are also partners in the project, as well as institutions and non-governmental organizations that are directly involved in this issue.
The project ” GeM Balkans -Generating momentum on water and forest management” is funded by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) and implemented by the Research Institute for Forest Ecology and Forestry (FAWF) and CNVP Macedonia. Partners in the project are as follows: PE National Forests, Public Enterprise for Forest Management “Srbijashume” and the Directorate for Protection and Treatment of Forests in Albania.