Marjan Mihajlov, Engineer and Environmental Expert, held a guest lecture at UACS as part of the course “Ecology and Sustainable Development”

Marjan Mihajlov, Engineer and Environmental Expert, held a guest lecture at UACS as part of the course “Ecology and Sustainable Development”

On November 17 Marjan Mihajlov, Engineer and Environmental Expert, held a guest lecture at UACS as part of the course “Ecology and Sustainable Development” – Lecture Topic: “Environmental Protection Systems: Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment (SEA) and Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC)”.
As a prominent expert on environmental management, including technical expertise and know-how in environmental solutions for industries, environmental impact assessment procedures and waste management, Mr. Mihajlov held a comprehensive lecture on the implications, results and current project developments in the field of environmental management and protection systems in our country.

The lecture focused on the practical implementation of the three main pillars in environmental management (EIA, SEA and IPPC) including the established legal framework for environmental and waste management standards in line with the EU sustainability objectives.

Mr. Mihajlov provided a detailed overview of the main concepts of Environmental Management, Environmental Laws and Integrated Protection & Prevention Mechanisms enforced through the national and local authorized institutional bodies.

The lecture also focused on individual case studies and ongoing environmental development projects focusing on the urgent need for building standardized landfills in different regions of the country.  The lack of functional Waste Management Systems creates serious environmental pollution in our country and needs to be fully addressed both locally and regionally. This crucial step forward requires better practical implementation of our Waste Management Laws and the established Environmental Protection Systems as well as increase in public awareness on the most important environmental topics, waste management practices and their implications on our everyday lives.
The lecture inspired the students to ask interesting questions related to environmental sustainability and waste management, which opened dynamic discussions for improving our nation-wide environmental protection practices and our public awareness on waste selection, collection, sorting and recycling – the way ahead for implementing a circular economy in our country.