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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 actual project is titted: Evidence based campaign on protecting Lake Ohrid", implemented by DMO ALBANIA and 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.
Showing posts with label FYR of Macedonia. Show all posts
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Monday, March 13, 2017

Fall for Macedonia's sleepy charm in Ohrid

Overlooking the extraordinarily blue waters of its eponymous lake, Ohrid enjoys a stunning position that is best viewed from a boat.
From there you will see the town’s terracotta roofs broken up by centuries-old church spires (the city claims once to have had 365) and overlooked by the turreted walls of Car Samoil’s Castle.
Ohrid has transformed itself from Macedonia’s religious centre to its busiest holiday resort and its beaches are the best by far in this landlocked nation.
However, a planned new lakeshore development will likely change this sleepy town forever, making now a great time to go.

Outside the summer months Ohrid seems like a sleepy place and this is at the core of its charm: the cobbled streets with traditional Ottoman houses form a maze that leads up the hillside to the Gorna Porta, where the old town meets the ancient amphitheatre and the fortress.
Here you will still see elderly women dressed in black carrying groceries home from the market and hanging out washing over the ancient lanes.
The famous churches that dot the old town and the areas around it are little short of miraculous survivors: the Sveta Sofia Cathedral is an 11th-century structure that includes Byzantine frescoes that can still be seen in the apse, while the Church of Sveti Jovan at Kaneo is one of the most photographed places in the Balkans, with its wonderful silhouette framed by the waters of Lake Ohrid beyond.

Ambling along the over-water wooden walkway past Lake Ohrid’s cliffs takes you from the heart of the old town to the idyllic sandy cove of Kaneo.
Order a plate of fried fish at the relaxed Letna Bavca Kaneo and then cool off in the placid waters of the lake.
The view of the Church of Sveti Jovan from here is magnificent, as are the craggy cliffs around you.
Lounge about in swimming costumes drinking beers with the locals for the quintessential Ohrid experience.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Vogue: Ohrid Macedonia should Top Your 2017 Travel Lists

Ohrid, Macedonia should top your 2017 Travel List. This time is the famous american magazine "The Vogue", writing an article for 6 Balkan places that everyone should visit during 2017.
Ohrid is recommended among 6 small Balkan's cities: Prizren (Kosovo); Belgrade (Serbia); Himara (Albania); Transylvania (Romania) and Herzegovina region (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 

"Unbeknownst to most, these countries are just the outset of exploration into the Balkans region, home to a number of culturally vibrant and naturally impressive countries where you won’t run into troves of tourists: You can dine alfresco at family-run, waterfront restaurants, and you don’t have to dodge selfie sticks while enjoying castle-top views. "


Locals stroll along a cobble stoned walkway, canoes drift in the lake’s oscillating waters, and a choir practices on the Church of St. Sophia steps as dusk begins to set: Welcome to Ohrid, Macedonia, an utterly perfect town full of Old World charm, set on the banks of brilliant Lake Ohrid. 

"This UNESCO World Heritage Site sits at the intersection of three national parks, attracting hikers, bikers, and climbers to town, as well as those in search of a holiday, and it’s also the perfect place to enjoy Macedonia’s flourishing wine harvest", writes the Vogue.

Stay in one of Ohrid’s many lakefront properties like Hotel Tino, or opt inland at Villa St. Sophia or Vila Mal Sveti Kliment. Wander Ohrid’s old town: Pass homes decorated with bougainvillea, flower pots, and ivy until you reach Kaneo Beach, home to family-run Restaurant Kaj Kanevche. End the night at Jazz Inn, a dive-bar-meets-live-music venue where locals convene. Visit Ohrid’s most photographed landmark, Church of St. John at Kaneo, and view the city from atop Samuel’s Fortress. For scenic views, take a drive through National Park Galičica to neighboring Lake Prespa, and enjoy an evening boat cruise to Restaurant Ostrovo set near the Black Drim River and the Monastery of Saint Naum.

Full article:

Monday, August 22, 2016

Topuzovska: Saving Lake Ohrid is a goal that we share with Albania

By Lydia Topuzovska *
The Lake Ohrid region has a unique cultural and natural heritage of Outstanding Universal Value, enabling its inscription in 1979–1980 on the UNESCO World Heritage List for the Macedonian part of the region. Macedonians are making constant efforts to permanently protect and preserve the property. In this regard, several laws and regulations at the national level have been adopted, governing the ways, conditions and opportunities for protection of the region’s natural and cultural heritage. Having World Heritage status is a great privilege, but it places duties and responsibilities on the whole of society. It requires us to maintain a consistent application of international standards in the preservation and protection of values recognized and celebrated around the world.
Since the start of the project ‘Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region’, the Macedonian Ministry of Culture, the Cultural Heritage Protection Office and the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, through their representatives, have been actively involved in all project activities, giving maximum support to the successful realization and implementation of the project in the period that lies ahead. Saving Lake Ohrid, a treasure house for endemic species of flora and fauna and one of the best ecosystems in the world, is a goal that we share with our neighbor the Republic of Albania. We believe that with joint efforts we will achieve successful implementation of this process, resulting in an effective and efficient integrated management of the Lake Ohrid region.
Aware of the necessity of dealing with and minimizing the challenges that adversely affect the natural and cultural heritage of the region, above all, with issues of excessive and uncontrolled urbanization, sewage treatment, and over-exploitation and destruction of natural values and a lack of knowledge of the values of this region, we welcome the contribution of UNESCO and the Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Committee ICCROM, ICOMOS and IUCN, which by means of their engagement in this process allow us to better identify and address these challenges.
Considering the exceptional importance of the Lake Ohrid region, our Government, through its national institutions, will continue to selflessly care for its well-being, a responsibility that belongs not only to the institutions, but also to each individual. This unique place, created by humans and nature, deserves to be protected as a whole and, undoubtedly, the moment has arrived. This process is only the beginning of what is to come: the joint management and the establishment of an integrated system for managing the natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region for ourselves and for the generations to come.

* Lydia Topuzovska is General Secretary of National Commission to UNESCO of the FYR of Macedonia
This article is published at Project's Newsletter: Protecting Lake Ohrid, summer edition.


Tupuzovska: Ruajtja e Liqenit te Ohrit eshte nje objektiv i perbashket me Shqiperine

Rajoni i Liqenit të Ohrit ka një trashëgimi unike kulturore dhe natyrore me vlerë të jashtëzakonshme universale duke bërë të mundur futjen e pjesës maqedonëse në listën e Trashëgimisë Botërore në UNESCO në vitet 1979-1980. Maqedonasit janë në përpjekje të vazhdueshme për të mbrojtur dhe ruajtur këtë trashëgimi. Në këtë drejtim, janë miratuar disa ligje dhe rregulla në nivel kombëtar, të cilat rregullojnë mënyrat, kushtet dhe mundësitë për mbrojtjen e trashëgimisë natyrore dhe kulturore të rajonit. Të kesh statusin ‘Trashëgimi Botërore’ është një privilegj i madh, por ky status vendos detyra dhe përgjegjësi për të gjithë shoqërinë. Ai kërkon që të zbatojmë në mënyrë të vazhdueshme standardet ndërkombëtare në ruajtjen dhe mbrojtjen e vlerave të njohura nëpër botë.
Që në fillim të projektit “Drejt një qeverisje të përbashkët të trashëgimisë natyrore dhe kulturore ndërkufitare të rajonit të Liqenit të Ohrit”, Ministria Maqedonase e Kulturës, Zyra e Mbrojtes së Trashëgimisë Natyrore dhe Kulturore si dhe Ministria e Mjedisit dhe Planifikimit Hapësinor, kanë qenë të përfshirë nëpërmjet përfaqësuesve të tyre në mënyrë aktive në të gjitha aktivitet e projektit, duke dhënë mbështetjen maksimale për realizimin dhe zbatimin e projektit që do zbatohet në të ardhmen. Ruajtja e Liqenit të Ohrit, një vend thesar për speciet endemike të florës dhe faunës dhe një nga ekosistemet më të të mira në botë, është një objektiv i përbashkët me fqinjin tonë, Republikën e Shqipërisë. Ne besojmë se me përpjekje të përbashkëta do të arrijmë një zbatim të suksesshëm të këtij procesi, duke rezultuar në një menaxhim efektiv dhe efikas të integruar të rajonit të Liqenit të Ohrit.
Të vetëdijshëm për domosdoshmërinë që kanë të bëjnë me të dhe duke minimizuar sfidat që ndikojnë negativisht në trashëgiminë kulturore dhe natyrore të rajonit, mbi të gjitha, me çështjet e urbanizimit të gjerë dhe të pakontrolluar, trajtimin e ujërave të zeza dhe mbishfrytëzimi dhe shkatërrimin e vlerave natyrore dhe mungese e njohjeve të vlerave të këtij rajoni, ne mirëpresim kontributin e UNESCO-s dhe organeve këshilluese të Komisionit të Trashëgimisë Botërore ICCROM, ICOMOS dhe IUCN , të cilat me anë të angazhimit të tyre në këtë proces të na mundësojnë si të identifikojmë më mirë dhe të adresojmë këto sfida.
Duke pasur parasysh rëndësinë e jashtëzakonshme të rajonit të Liqenit të Ohrit, Ish-Republika Jugosllave e Maqedonisë, përmesë institucioneve te saja kombëtare do të vazhdojë me altruizëm të kujdeset për mirëqenien e tij, një përgjegjësi që i përketë jo vetëm institucioneve por edhe çdo individi. Ky vend unik, krijuar nga njerëzit dhe natyra , meriton të mbrohet si i tërë dhe, pa dyshim ka ardhur koha. Ky proces është vetëm fillimi asaj që do të pasoj; menaxhimin e përbashkët dhe krijimin e një sistemi të integruar për menaxhimin e trashëgimisë së vlerave kulturore dhe natyrore të rajonit të liqenit të Ohrit për veten tonë dhe për brezat që do të vijnë.

Sinqerisht e Juaja,
Lydia Topuzovska
Sekretare e Përgjithshme i Komisionit Kombëtar të UNESCO-s në ish-Republikën Jugosllave të Maqedonisë

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Tourism/ Ohrid City, the pearl of Balkans

Located on the shores of Lake Ohrid, the city of Ohrid is one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. Ohrid, the wider lake region is a prime destination for Former Yougoslav Republic of Macedonia, with the city's old quarter containing beautiful churches along a graceful hill, topped by a medieval castle overlooking the majestic 34 km-long Lake Ohrid. This is undoubtedly the most alluring attraction of the Lake Ohrid region.

Cultural Heritage
Built mostly between the 7th and 19th centuries, Ohrid is home to one of the oldest Slav monasteries (St Pantelejmon) with more than 800 middle Byzantine icons dating from the 11th to the end of the 14th century. This icon collection is considered to be one the most important in the world. Ohrid comprises one of Europe's best preserved archaeological complexes with remains dating from the Bronze Age up to the Middle Ages, The city boasts unique religious architecture dating from the 7th to 19th centuries as well as urban structures showcasing a vernacular architecture from the 18th and 19th centuries. All of these present a treasure of historic, architectural, cultural and artistic values.

What to see
Ohrid's major attractions are all located within a remarkably concentrated and easily accessible area, among and above the narrow streets of the Old Town lined with restaurants and cafes perfectly suited for relaxing against the backdrop of the lake. Top attractions in the city include : Sv. Jovan Kaneo, Sv. Naum Monastery Galicica, National Park Tsar Samuel's Fortress, Saint Sophia Church, Sv Kliment Monastery, Plaoshnik Church.

What to do
Ohrid's many cafe bars and nightclubs make for a vibrant nightlife. As for the lake itself, it is so large and so deep that one might mistake it for a sea. For water sports lovers, fishing and boating are available, and numerous churches alongside the lake shores make for fascinating side trips and walks; while nature and adventure travellers can explore the National Park of Galicicia, an unspoiled wilderness ideal for nature enthusiasts. To gain a better feeling of the city, we recommend a gentle stroll along Lake Ohrid shore having a coffee, a glass of wine or a meal overlooking the lake. Ohrid and its beaches are packed from 15 July to 15 August, during the popular summer festival when it seems half of Macedonia descends on the town. The bars and restaurants are full during the summer, while June or September are much quieter enabling one to reflect next to the lake.