About ICS

The Institute of Communication Studies is a leading research organization in the field of journalism and media studies, public relations and corporate communications. Our mission is to contribute towards strengthening of Macedonian democracy by working with media, civil society and public institutions, educating a critical public that will ask for greater transparency and accountability through engagement in the policy creation process.



The acceleration of the pace of economic growth and development was accompanied by environmental degradation in North Macedonia but also in the countries of the region. The economic and investment plan, together with the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans, set out the Green Transition Strategy for the countries in the region.

Better access to information on water quality in the Prespa Lake, cleaning of small illegal landfills and dumpsites in Struga, solving the problem with construction waste in the Demir Kapija gorge, implementation of good agricultural practices in the Tikvesh and Strumica region and encouraging eco-activism among young people in Bitola are the six initiatives within which the Institute for Communication Studies and a group of civil society organizations will implement a series of activities in the course of this year in order to improve the state of the environment

Civil society organizations and higher educational institutions from the Advocacy and Lobbying Alliance “Clear it Up” demand the involvement of the public in the preparation of the report on the status of preservation of the natural and cultural heritage of the Ohrid Region, which the Government should submit to UNESCO. Today, thirty-one (31) CSOs and higher educational institutions submitted letters to Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, Minister of Culture and Chair of the National Commission for UNESCO Irena Stefoska, Minister of Environment and Physical Planning Naser Nuredini, President of the Commission for Managing the World Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid

CSOs, higher education institutions and experts oppose the amendments to the Law on Mineral Resources that the Government proposed for adoption at the parliamentary session scheduled for next Monday in summary proceedings, which lack transparency, have had no prior public debate and public involvement. Their reactions state that the proposed legal amendments contain major gaps in terms of protection and sustainable use of mineral resources as the most important natural resources of the state.

There is a great lack of information and dissatisfaction among the citizens of Macedonia regarding water protection and inspection supervision of the use of natural resources, according to a survey of the Institute of Communication Studies conducted at the end of last year, as part of the advocacy and lobbying campaign "Clear it Up".

The Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) in partnership with the Macedonian Ecological Society (MES) selected the six civil society organizations that in partnership with high schools from the regions that include protected areas (Pelagonia, Ohrid, Strumica, Tikvesh, Demir Kapija and Prespa) will be implementing initiatives for solving the local environmental problems.

The Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) would like to invite you to join us in the initiation of the advocacy and lobbying campaign “Clear it up”. The presentation of the campaign will take place on Thursday (December 17th), at 11:30, via Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/95539250268). The Advocacy and Lobbying Alliance will be promoted at the press conference, comprising civil society organizations, faculties and media outlets, as the campaign will be implemented with their support and joint activities. Two policy papers, titled “How to Use and Protect Water” and “Effective Supervision as a Tool against the Excessive Use of Natural Resources” will also be