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Prof. Dr. Nikolcho Velkovski

Universitiy „Ss. Cyril and Methodius” Skopje
Departmernt of Silviculture
16 Makedonska brigada Br.1
1000 Skopje
North Macedonia


Tel. +389-72-228819

short profile

Nikolcho Velkovski is a full time Professor at the Faculty of Forestry in Skopje with over 15 years of experience in teaching. His specialization and professional occupation is closely related to the following subjects: Silviculture, Silviculture forests with special purposes, Establishment and maintenance of green areas, Agroforestry in rural development and Introduction to Forestry.

He gained his practical experience as a forest engineer at a local forest management branch in Pehcevo within a period of 10 years (1996 - 2006) of dedicated work.

Throughout the years, he has published more than 30 scientific papers with focus on silviculture. Furthermore, he participated in more than 40 projects of national and international importance.

He advocates for strong reduction of clear-cut, which is allowed by Law on Forests in the Republic of North Macedonia. Due to the intensive use of clear cuts, big proportion of the forest in North Macedonia are coppice forests.

Therefore, he is promoting the principles of natural forest silviculture in the direction of close to nature forestry in North Macedonia as well as multipurpose and sustainable forest management. Thus, his endeavors are in line with revitalization of degraded forests, promoting mixed forest stands, conservation of old growth forests as well as promoting high nature value forests.

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Focal Point North Macedonia


In the past sixth months several activities we performed, and unfortunately the new situation with COVID-19 has postpone some of already planned activities:

  • We worked on the promotion of Pro Silva as an organization, idea and principles of close-to-nature forestry in Republic of North Macedonia through organizing meetings with foresters with idea for creating larger group.
  • Identification of forests with high natural values in North Macedonia was performed.
  • A Workshop on “Measures for conservation of forests and forest genetic resources” was organized on 10th of March 2020.
  • Certain principles of Pro Silva for close-to-nature forestry were applied in the activities realized in the Nature Conservation Programme in North Macedonia, which support establishing of protected areas in Bregalnica Region, conservation and promotion of old-grow trees, conservation of natural values, etc.

On above mentioned activities, as well as at other formal and informal meetings in North Macedonia, we intensively promoting a new approach to forestry practices that will reduce the application of clear cutting and other intensive practices in North Macedonia and expand the application of close-to-nature silviculture, as a path to achieving close-to-nature forestry in North Macedonia.

The Pro Silva interested group has not yet been established in North Macedonia. The ideas, aims and principles for close-to-nature forestry are discussed with forester. There is an interest of foresters for establishing Pro Silva group in North Macedonia, but it is in initial phase for establishing of organisation.

Representatives, Prof. Nikolcho Velkovski and Cvetan Nikolovski, master student on silviculture from North Macedonia has been participated on Pro Silva Annual meeting 2019 organised at Rablje ob Dravi in Slovenia as a first representatives from North Macedonia and as a main promotor of the idea for close-to-nature forestry in North Macedonia.

Fotos by (C) Nikolcho Velkovski (2018-2019)

Integrated forest management for resilience and sustainability across 25 countries