Can urban environmental problems be overcome? The case of Skopje—world’s most polluted city Cover Image

Can urban environmental problems be overcome? The case of Skopje—world’s most polluted city
Can urban environmental problems be overcome? The case of Skopje—world’s most polluted city

Author(s): Slobodan Arsovski, Michał Kwiatkowski, Aleksandra Lewandowska, Dimitrinka Jordanova Peshevska, Emilija Sofeska, Mirek Dymitrow
Subject(s): Energy and Environmental Studies, Human Geography, Rural and urban sociology, Economic development, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika
Keywords: pollution; environmental problems; sustainable development; Skopje; Poland;

Summary/Abstract: The condition of the environment is one of the most fundamental concerns of cities worldwide, especially when high levels of pollution and environmental destruction exert immense impact on people’s quality of life. This paper focuses on Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, which often tops the charts as the world’s most polluted city. Despite associated problems such as congestion, ill health, and premature death, Macedonia’s scarce resources are instead spent on controversial projects, such as ‘Skopje 2014’, involving creating a national identity through massive and extremely costly constructions of neo-classical government buildings, museums and monuments. The aim of this paper is to compare the situation of Skopje to environmentally oriented activities conducted in several Polish cities and to discuss the possibility of their implementation in Skopje. Considering the scale and scope of Skopje’s environmental problems, the paper offers some priorities for action, including solutions that emphasize institution building, technical input and self-governance. It also highlights a number of economic, ecological, and socio-cultural contradictions involved in the process of achieving sustainable development.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 40
  • Page Range: 17-39
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: English