The Macedonian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management Ljupcho Nikolovski together with the Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning Kaja Shukova, the Dean of the Faculty of Forestry Sciences, Landscape Architecture and Eco-Engineering Kiril Sotirovski, the Director of PE National Forests Valentin Gruevski and representatives of socially responsible companies and civil society organizations announced the action Reforesting Together 2023 with the planting of 1,200,000 saplings.
Minister Nikolovski said it was the duty of the state and of all citizens to protect the national forests and to regularly plant new trees.
“This year’s campaign, which starts this month and will last until March 2024, will cover an area of over 400 hectares with several different types of saplings, such as white and black pine, maple, acacia, spruce, oak, cypress, ash, chestnut and fir trees,” Minister Nikolovski said.
He added that businesses and civil society representatives were joining in the tree-planting campaign.
“We reaffirmed our successful cooperation with socially responsible companies and civil associations last year, when in 21 regions we reforested more than 300 hectares together, planting over 800,000 saplings,” he said, pointing out that one of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy’s priorities was the green transition through afforestation.