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Lake Ohrid is one of the oldest and deepest lake in Europe. It is shared between Albania and North Macedonia and is part of World Heritage List, protected by UNESCO. This page aims to protect this property through different projects. The first project was "Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region", co-funded by European Union and Albanian Ministry of Environment and implemented by UNESCO.
The second project: Evidence based campaign on protecting Lake Ohrid", was implemented by DMO ALBANIA, supported by Co-Plan, through scheme: Financial Support to third parties in the framework of EU-Funded project: ENV.Net Factoring the environment portfolio for WB and Turkey in the EU Policy Agenda, financed by European UNION.

Monday, August 8, 2016

A Video about Transboundary cooperation in the Lake Ohrid Region

A video about the EU-funded project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region” was Published in UNESCO website and youtube page. This video presents the main threats and opportunities affecting the natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region, the importance of sustainable development for effective heritage conservation, the main project partners as well as the overall expected results.

Its a project about Lake Ohrid, situated in a region shared between Albania and Former Yougoslav republic of Macedonia. The natural and cultural heritage of Ohrid Region has been enlisted in the world Heritage list, but it currently covers only the Macedonian part of the region.
"At the time of nomination of the existing site there was virtually no communication between the two countries", Oliver Avramoski from IUCN said.

This is a joint European Union- Unesco Project about not only safeguarding the lake itself, but also safeguarding the heritage that we can find around the lake.. We want to make the citizens and visitors aware of these unique values and put in place an integrated management system so that they can be passed on to future generations", says Ms Fiebig.  ” Alexandra Fiebig, Project officer said.

“Ohrid Lake offers one of the most beautiful panoramas in the world, a landscape that nature and God have bestowed upon us and thus maintain and preserve the landscape as it is without making further mistakes”, Gjergji Koki from regional Directorate of National Culture of Korca said.

 "The greatest challenges for the protection of heritage in my view here are to achieve the level of understanding on all sides, in order not for the local community to feel that the protection of heritage is something that is against their development , says Luisa De Marco, international expert from ICOMOS.
A series of meeting and training were held between Albanian and Macedonian Representatives to discuss together how to protect this unique transboundary property.

"Now together with our partners, with Macedonian partners we think of the lake as one whole"- says Mihallaq Qirjo, from Regional Administration of Protected Areas Korca Region..

Watch the full video here: 



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