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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.
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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.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Sustainable Tourism opportunities in the Lake Ohrid Region

Lake Ohrid region is home to nearly 160 000 people, with more than 52 000 residing in Albania. Every year, approximately 300 000 visitors explore the region's natural and cultural heritage. While in Macedonian side of the lake, summer tourism rhymes easily with culture tourism, this is not happening in Albanian side of the lake. 
"The main threat in wetlands like the Lake Ohrid region is the fact that it is exclusively used as a sunny weekend, a few hours destination, with extremely low or no income for the local people",- says Alois Lang, Austrian expert working with local authorities in Pogradec region for sustainable tourism development. 
The challenge for local and international experts who are working closely on this area, is to find alternative touristic products and interests for the general public, but also for different kinds of audiences, says Christophe Graz, heritage consultant ICOMOS, who is also working with Albanian experts to explore the tourism opportunities in the region.

Local experts and authorities are optimistic for the next years. Gani Bego, from regional Administration of Protected areas in Pogradec, says: In the next ten years, I see tourism in this area going beyond water tourism, more linked with mountain tourism and family tourism, that is less developed on the Albanian side and taking into account the experience of Macedonian side. 

International and local experts are closely working together under the EU-funded project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region”. Some of them were interviewed to produce this video, which focuses on the challenges and opportunities of sustainable tourism. The video was published lately with the support of UNESCO, aiming at raising awareness about values and threats of Lake Ohrid site.


Rajoni i Liqeni i Ohrit banohet nga rreth 160 mije njerez, nga te cilet 52 mije banojne ne pjesen shqipetare. Cdo vit rreth 300 mije vizitore eksplorojne trashegimine kultuore dhe natyrore te rajonit. Ndersa ne pjesen maqedonase te liqenit, turizmi veror eshte ne harmoni perfekte me turizmin kulturor, kjo nuk ndodh ne pjesen shqiptare te Liqenit.
Kercenimi kryesor ne brigjet e rajonit te Liqenit te Ohrit eshte fakti se ai perdoret ekskluzivisht per fundjavat me diell, si nje destinacion disa oresh, qe sjellin shume pak te ardhura ose aspak per banoret lokale, thote Alois Lang, ekspert autriak qe punon me autoritetet lokale ne Pogradec per zhvillimin e nje turizmi te qendrueshem. "Sfida per ekspertet lokale dhe nderkombetare qe po punojne se bashku ne kete zone, eshte te gjejne produkte alternative turizmi per publikun e gjere por edhe per lloje te ndryshme audiencash, thote Kristof Graz, konsulent trashegimie nga ICOMOS, qe po punon me ekspertet shqiptare te eksplorojne mundesite e turizmit ne rajon.
Ekspertet lokale dhe autoritetet jane optimiste per vitet qe vijne. Gani Bego, nga Administrata rajonale e zonave te mbrojtura ne Pogradec thote: "Ne 10 vitet qe do te vijne, e shoh turizmin ne kete zone, tej turizmit veror te liqenit, me te lidhur me turizmin malor dhe ate familjar, qe eshte nje turizem pak i zhvilluar ne pjesen shqiptare, duke marre shembull nga eksperienca ne pjesen maqedonase".
Ekspertet lokale dhe nderkombetare po punojne se bashku ne kuader te projektit: Drejt një qeverisje të përbashkët të trashëgimisë natyrore dhe kulturore ndërkufitare të rajonit të Liqenit të Ohrit. Disa prej tyre u intervistuan per te prodhuar kete video, e cila fokusohet ne sfidat dhe mundesite per nje turizem te qendrueshem. Video u publikua se fundi me mbeshtetjen e UNESCO, per te rritur ndergjegjesimin mbi vlerat dhe kercenimet ne rajonin e Liqenit te Ohrit ...