Impact Evaluation Baseline Report: Macedonia Municipal Climate Change Strategies Integration Pilot
Municipal Climate Change Strategies is a pilot launched in Macedonia in 2012 that is helping municipalities adapt to and mitigate climate change through a participatory process that also builds the country’s civil society. This report describes the pilot’s aims and how it is working to achieve them.
Milieukontakt Macedonia, the implementing partner, is using its “Green Agenda” process to develop municipal-level strategies and action plans. This not only builds civil society, but the project itself is raising awareness of climate change and its impacts in Macedonia and boosting activism to address it.
Pilot municipalities that are participating in the program choose actions to bolster local resilience to climate change as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The report contains findings on the results of initial activities and the process itself in achieving its stated aims.
It found that the project has raised awareness of climate change and respondents reported being “moderately highly concerned” about it, noting its effects on temperatures, rainfall, growing seasons, water and air quality and crop damage. A final analysis on its impact will be carried out in 2015.