Uniga Stil was founded in 2002 having a primary activity of: Other specialized, scientific and technical activities mainly oriented to preparation of projects in the field of natural heritage protection.
Uniga Stil has so far carried out about twenty projects in the field of natural heritage protection related to the preparation of studies for natural heritage valorization, management plans of protected areas, zoning of protected areas, inventory of habitats, methodology and key for biotopes mapping, as well as arranging sites that have been declared protected areas for their promotion as natural values and for the development of ecotourism. They have been funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), UNDP, Ministry of Local Self-Government and various municipalities in the country as well as by the City of Skopje. In this regard, Uniga Stil has gained extensive experience in project management for which it has received many certificates for successfully completed projects by the clients thereof.
During the projects preparation in the field of nature protection, Uniga Stil Skopje has cooperated with experts in various fields (biology, forestry, geography, geology, pedology, landscape architecture, biospeleology, urban planning, GIS…) from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje (Institute of Geography, Institute of Biology, Institute of Agriculture, Institute of Sociological, Political and Juridical Research) and Goce Delchev University in Shtip, and if necessary, specialists from the University of Belgrade and the University of Novi Sad are hired.
The first project in the field of nature protection was the project from the Participation Program 2004-2005 of UNESCO “Educational-Informative trail in the National Park Pelister”, so-called “Path on the rock”, which the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning was a responsible body for whereas the National Park Pelister was the beneficiary institution. Within this project a pedestrian path – about 14 km long was arranged for the first time in the Republic of North Macedonia, by installing appropriate urban equipment along the path (protective fences, benches, fountains, stairs made of natural material for the purpose of reaching the inaccessible parts, steel cable for climbing over rocky areas, lookout point, natural disaster shelter etc.).
The next three projects in respect of nature protection (2009) were carried out for the needs of the City of Skopje.
The first project was a Study that went to confirm the natural value and spatial identification of the boundaries of Park (Forest) Vodno with the area of special natural features – Gazi Baba. The study, which the City of Skopje delivered to the Ministry for Environment and Spatial Planning, gave the Ministry an impetus to initiate a procedure with the Government of North Macedonia towards declaring these two natural goods as protected areas.
The second project was a Study to determine the protection degree of the speleological objects: Srt, Vrelo, Ubava and Krshtalna on the territory of the monument of nature – Canyon Matka, which is an Emerald district. The main goal of this project was to produce an official survey of the speleological-morphological and speleo-biological values of the mentioned caves.
The following study was the one for determining the protection degree of the Dona Duka cave near village Rashche, which just as for the previous caves – the speleo-morphological and bio-speleological values were processed for.
Both studies were submitted by the client – the City of Skopje to the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning – Department for Nature, in order to supplement the fund of professional documentation.
The documentation for the Dona Duka cave was the basis for the Minister of Environment and Physical Planning to make a decision to declare this cave a natural rarity.
In 2010 Uniga Stil prepared a Study for determining the ownership and user rights to the land in the site of St. Naum and Golem Grad Island in Lake Prespa, for the needs of the National Park Galicica. It also prepared an inventory of the buildings by establishing the ownership rights and inventory of the infrastructure in the site of St. Naum and Golem Grad Island.
The goal of this Study was to create a Management Plan of the natural springs at St. Naum which are the most important hydrological feature in North Macedonia, that have a total output of 11 m3 of water and are the main source of spring water that flows into Lake Ohrid.
In 2012, ordered by the City of Skopje, a Study for valorization of the Zeden Mountain was prepared. The main reason for the preparation of this study was to initiate a procedure with the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning for protection of the Zeden Mountain, given the increasingly frequent issuance of concessions for exploitation of mineral raw material – limestone in this area and thus endangering Rashche spring, the main supplier of drinking water to the City of Skopje. It had a study character because until then no papers on the flora, fauna and ecosystems had been published for that area.
In 2012, Uniga Stil addressed another issue, i.e. spatial demarcation of the border, zoning and placement of appropriate markings on the field of two protected buildings in the area of the City of Skopje – Vodno and Gazi Baba sites, and preparation of information boards for the biodiversity, whose purpose was for the visitors to get more acquainted with the natural values found in these areas.
In 2015, the consulting company Uniga Stil carried out another project ordered by the Assembly of the Municipality of Resen. It was about spatial identification and demarcation of the Ramsar site Ezerani on Lake Prespa and placement of eight information boards that presented the flora of Ezerani, rare and important plants, fungi, wildlife, invertebrates, amphibians, birds and one general board where the position of this important monument of nature was presented in 3D. In the same year, another project was carried out in the Municipality of Makedonski Brod, aimed at the arrangement of the natural monument Beleshnichka Reka for the development of ecotourism. Within this project, pedestrian paths were arranged to the three caves in the largest karst area in North Macedonia: Golubarnica, Laparnica and Momichek in a total length of about 5 km, and signposts were installed to the caves. In addition, eight information boards for biodiversity and geodiversity of the natural monument Beleshnishka Reka were made and placed as well as a prospectus for caves and fungi.
In the following years (2016 and 2017), upon the request of the City of Skopje and in addition to preparing the Expert Study and zoning of the area of the Gazi Baba – Park of Nature, Uniga Stil also dealt with the arrangement of protected areas for the purpose of developing ecotourism, such as Golubarnica Cave in the area of the monument of nature Beleshnichka Reka in which metal stairs were placed, Gorno Slatinska Cave where protective doors were placed at the entrance and exit of the cave, and with finding a technical solution of bridging a risky part of the cave.
The last landscaped area (2020) was the paleontological site Stamer near Delchevo, where information boards presented the picermic fauna of this newly discovered site in Macedonia (2007) and a model of giraffe horns – a mark of the locality and a second site in Europe where fossil remnants of this species of fauna from the Miocene period have been found. The significance of this landscaping is that it is the first one of a paleontological site from the tertiary epoch (Miocene and Pliocene) in the country.
In 2018, an interesting project was carried out on the territory of the Municipality of Resen. The task included preparation of Landscaping Program of Park of Nature Ezerani, which aimed at tracing paths through the protected area, determining locations for placing information boards in important places with natural values and urban equipment (bird observation points, info centers, benches, lookout points) for which appropriate technical solutions were made in 3D. The paths and locations for installing the urban equipment were processed in GIS form.
During 2108 and 2019, the following projects were prepared for the needs of UNDP: Zoning of the monument of nature – Canyon Matka and revision of the studies for valorization of the protected areas Park (Forest) Vodno and park of nature Gazi Baba; Management Plan for the protected area park of nature Gazi Baba; Preparation of coastal habitats inventory (water habitats) and Action Plan for Agglomeration of the City of Skopje.
In 2020, a Project for Zones Revision and Study for Valorization of the Strict Natural Reserve “Tikves”, Kavadarci was prepared for UNDP whereas in 2021 a Methodology and key for biotopes mapping for the Skopje region was also carried out.
COOPERATION WITH EXPERTS
Akad. Vlado Matevski
Plant expert, Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Skopje
Natural heritage expert, conservation consultant, Macedonian Society for Nature Protection
Dr. Mitko Karadelev
Fungi expert, professor at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Institute of Biology, SS. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje
Dr. Mitko Kostadinovski
Plant and vegetation expert, professor at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Institute of Biology, SS. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje
Dr. Slavco Hristovski
Invertebrate expert, professor at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Institute of Biology, SS. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje
Dr. Valentina Slavevska Stamenkovic
Aquatic invertebrate expert, associate professor at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Institute of Biology, SS. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje
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