The natural features of the Republic of Macedonia (geological composition, relief, climate, hydrography, soil, flora and fauna) make it one of the most diverse countries in Europe in this respect. During the past five decades, the network of protected natural features and rarities has been enlarged to include 74 natural environments with a total area of 187,895 hectares, or 7.3% of the country’s territory.
The status of protected environments or species in the Republic of Macedonia has been assigned to three national parks (108,338 hectares), four strict natural reserves (12,855 hectares), three environments with exceptional natural characteristics (2,338 hectares), 14 individual plant and animal species living in areas outside the natural reserves (2,709 hectares), and to 33 natural environments within the category of what is known as the protected “monuments of nature” (61,655 hectares).
The strict natural reserves in the Republic of Macedonia are:
- GOLEMO KONJARI
- PLOCE LITOTELMI