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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.
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Showing posts with label save Lake Ohrid. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Things to do on Lake Ohrid that will make you fall in love

"Lake Ohrid is a UNESCO protected lake and town in South-West Macedonia. Squeezed into the border of Macedonia and Albania, it is a heady combination of crumbling villas, terracotta tiles and gigantic statues. This is a town where you will fall in love – with early morning mists hovering over the lake, with deserted castles and monasteries and with delightful, natural springs bubbling from emerald waters". Here is how Anne the founder of the blog TravelTheGlobe4Less, describe the Lake Ohrid Region in her article: Things to do on Lake Ohrid that will make you fall in love, published in the latest days of December 2016.
She suggests 5 top things to do around this region, describing them as fabulous destinations, impossible to resist. 

Discover these 5 top destinations in Lake Ohrid region:

St. Naum monastery 
A visit to the monastery is as much about the journey as the arrival. You feast on beautiful coastal views, and glimpses of the Bay of Bones, the President’s summer house and the only five-star resort on the lake.
The hulking outline of mountains rising on the opposite side of the lake in Albania add drama to the monastery’s location. Like a guardian angel, it perches on a rocky outcropping, overlooking the bay. It’s free to visit the inner courtyard but 100 Den to go inside the small monastery (30 if you are a student!)
Inside, frescoes line every inch of wall space, so dated they look like smudged crayon drawings which have rubbed away over time. A sense of serenity overwhelms me and I find myself reliving the sensation of meditating on an Indian retreat.
Once you have taken your ecclesiastical fill, wander down the hillside towards the few restaurants and village shops. En route, you will pass boat owners touting short trips into the emerald green springs. Negotiate a price and jump onboard.

St. Naum springs
It’s silent apart from the water lapping at the hull of the boat and the oars splashing as we row slowly through the springs of St. Naum. Vivid green waters hide gurgling springs below, the main supply of lake water. We can just make out huge bubbles spewing from the ground into the cold waters like potions in a cauldron.
My tour guide, Nikola is something of a storyteller regaling me with tales of previous mishaps on the boat. I struggle to understand everything he says but am happy to stare into the crystal clear waters and thank my lucky stars I am fortunate enough to be here.
We row (yes, Nikola is crazy enough to allow me to take the oars!) to a tiny monastery hidden in the bush, the colours so vivid it looks as though the pop filter on my camera has been applied to the scene. It’s truly stunning, like a quaint little cottage hidden in the woods.
Cost: the boat trip costs 10 Euro per person and you can book your own trip with Nikola at Nikoturs.

Samuil’s Fortress, Ohrid
This fortress is a Goliath. With remearkably well preserved walls, a huge inner courtyard and a gigantic flag fluttering above, it can be seen from almost anywhere in Ohrid. If you want specatcaulr views a little closer, however head to the church of Perivleptos where you have the perfect vantage point of the castle.
It pays to get here early too. Although the official opening time is 9am, I arrive at 8.30 and wander through the gates to find myself alone. Like an excited child, I rush up onto the ramparts to admire spectacular views of the town slowly waking from a slumber, wisps of hazy clouds lingering. The video gives you an idea of how fabulous this attraction is (100 Den or 30 if you are a student) especially when you have it entirely to yourself. I have one of my quiet, wow moments, one where I feel a little overwhelmed with a wondrous sense of delight.
Does anyone else experience that sensation when travelling?

St John at Kaneo Church
The Wizz Air site proudly displays a picture of this church, which probably sub-consciously influenced me to book the flights. It’s a red terracotta delight perched high on the cliff, above stunning azure waters. I’m drawn to it like a moth to a flame, carefully skittering down the hillside to take a closer look. The architecture resembles many other churches in the area (365 apparently!) with a small dome in the middle and pale-red brickwork.
You can reach the church by following a boardwalk along the base of the cliff from the old town of Ohrid. After passing a little shingle beach, the path weaves its way up the hillside until you arrive at a bluff overlooking the church.

The monastery of St Pantelejimon
In the shadow of the castle and high above the water, another monastery greets you with roman pillars suggesting a grand, bygone era. It is clearly an auspicious monument as our visit coincides with that of the Macedonian president meeting Serbian orthodox priests. My curiosity gets the better of me and I decide to pay the 30 Den (student price or 100 for adults: £1.50) so I can get my first glimpse of the president.
I wander around the church, snapping pictures of the mind boggling roof shapes then stop to sunbathe. I am basking in the shade of the roman ruins when a posse of people emerge into sunlight. I immediately identify the president (something about the scary looking bodyguards surrounding him!) who passes by so close I can almost reach out and grab him (but I don’t fancy being shot today!).
His security is pretty limited and I’m astonished that I can get so close with no security clearance and no search. It makes an amusing interlude to my day but I soon forget about it in my quest to discover Ohrid.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Green Belt Day at Prespa and Ohrid Lake Region

Representatives of the Association for Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania (PPNEA) together with local stakeholders and the three Prespa mayors celebrated the Green Belt Day at the shore of Great Prespa Lake, Oteshevo, Macedonia, on 24 September 2016.

A lot of activities were held this day. This event is organized every year in one of 3 countries: Greece, Macedonia and Albania.

In the triangle between Albania, Greece and Macedonia in the far South of the Balkan Green Belt there is one of the most intriguing and varied landscapes of Europe. Lake Ohrid and Great and Little Prespa Lake are framed in impressive mountain ranges and are among the most ancient lakes in the world. Near and in the lakes there are a notable number of endemic species – that is to say species found nowhere else.

In the two Prespa lakes alone there are seven endemic fish species. And Dalmatian Pelicans - threatened worldwide with extinction - are here in great numbers benefiting from the extraordinary wealth of fish in the lakes. More than 1000 pairs of these majestic birds breed on the Little Prespa Lake - this is the largest colony world-wide. Lake Prespa and Lake Ohrid are among the longest-standing EuroNatur project areas.
Thanks to the persistent efforts of EuroNatur and its Albanian partner organisation PPNEA the Prespa Lakes in Albania are now secured with their entire catchment area as a National Park and as an important element in the mosaic of the Balkan Green Belt.
The Prespa National Park itself additionally forms part of the trans-boundary Prespa Park which links Albanian, Macedonian and Greek nature reserves along the one-time Iron Curtain.

Source: http://www.ppnea.org/

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

Monday, July 4, 2016

Harasani: The project for integrated management of Lake Ohrid has entered its final stage

Interview with Zhuljeta Harasani, Director General, Directorate of Strategic Planning for Cultural Heritage and Diversity

1. How is the project ‘Towards Strengthened Governance of the Shared Transboundary Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Lake Ohrid Region’ going?

The cross-border project for integrated management of Lake Ohrid has now entered its final stage. While the lead ministry is the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Culture, through its General Directorate of Heritage and Culture Diversity, and other institutions under the ministry, such as the Institute of Cultural Monuments and Regional Directorate of Culture in Korca, have been fully committed in preparation of all the recommendations resulting from all the meetings held in the project framework. The aim is to finalise on time a nomination file for inscribing the Albanian part of Lake Ohrid in UNESCO.

2. What are the duties and responsibilities of the Ministry of Culture with regard to cultural heritage in this project?

Following recommendations of ICOMOS, IUCN and ICCROM our experts are working to ensure the protection and integrity of cultural heritage values of the area for it to be included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. By a decision of the Minister of Culture, in March 2016, the Palaeo-Christian basilica and its mosaic in Lin Village have been entered for inscription on the list. Meanwhile, the Law on Cultural Heritage Monuments protects the area by banning any kind of construction work.

In addition, a group of international experts from UNESCO advisory body ICOMOS, IUCN and national experts from the Albanian Institute of Cultural Monuments, the national and regional agencies of Protected Areas, the Albanian Institute of Archaeology and the Municipality of Pogradec held a field mission on 29 and 30 March 2016. Following the mission’s recommendations, the National Council for Restoration defined a buffer zone for protecting the cultural heritage in the area of Lin. The decision was made known to UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the Ministry of Environment.
In cooperation with the lead ministry, the Ministry of Culture has taken the initiative to ratify the European Landscape Convention, which defines clearly the criteria for protection and promotion of landscapes in general and those that are natural and cultural in particular.
We believe that this Convention is another instrument in the hands of the management of Lake Ohrid Heritage.

3. Is Albania ready to manage and protect such heritage in cooperation with its Macedonian counterparts?

Albania has an experience of more than 20 years in managing outstanding universal values of some properties. The Ministry of Culture in the last two years has shown maximum engagement and readiness to fulfil and complete all its responsibilities toward membership of the Convention of World Culture and Nature Heritage and follow ICOMOS recommendations. While there are improvements seen in achieving good results, a lot more remains to be done. This is our next challenge, together with our obligation to coordinate the work between all our Albanian institutions, locally and nationally, as well as our counterparts in FYR of Macedonia. Preserving and protecting cultural heritage values in our time, when the pressure from urban development is high, is a constant challenge for the governments on both sides of the lake, the Albania and Macedonian counterparts. Responsible institutions, not only those for culture heritage, are now treating Lake Ohrid region as a common space that not only has benefits, but also responsibilities and duties for its protection.

Part of the submission file will be the drafting of a Lake Ohrid Integrated Management plan, which will be obligatory for both state parties and all respective institutions. I think that we have a common challenge on both sides of the lake and only by working together will we be able to manage it much better that has been done up to now.

4. When will the nomination file of the Albanian part of Lake Ohrid to UNESCO be ready?

We believe that the nomination file will be finalised by January 2017 and officially handed over to UNESCO in March 2017. Even though we are working very closely with groups of experts from well-known international and national organisations in the field of culture heritage and environment, thanks also to the valuable support of EU and UNESCO, this project is a major initiative and commitment for both state parties to the UNESCO convention, and it does not end with the finalisation of the nomination file.

5. What is next, and what are the benefits for Albania from this process?

With approval of Lake Ohrid as a World Heritage property, the Albanian map of UNESCO sites widens and the inventory increases with a new addition to the properties of Butrint, Berat, Gjirokastra and Iso-poliphony. As a result, Albania is no longer acknowledged for one or two cities, but also for regions that preserve outstanding universal values. This is even more important for our country as it aspires to join the EU.
Meanwhile, Lake Ohrid itself will benefit from a more careful and sustainable management, and the attention of communities and respective local and central governments. This would bring better investments to the region.
And last but not least, Lake Ohrid will be branded as a UNESCO site, significantly increasing the interest of local and international culture and nature visitors to explore and enjoy the extraordinary natural, aesthetic, cultural and spiritual values that Lake Ohrid and the communities living around it have to offer. This will transform the centuries-old property into an engine of development and revenue generation, thus enabling a better life for LOR communities.


Intervistë me Zhuljeta Harasanin, drejtore e përgjithshme e planifikimit strategjik të Trashëgimisë kulturore dhe diversitetit, Ministria e Kulturës e Republikës së Shqipërisë

Si po ecën projekti "Drejt një qeverisjeje të përbashkët të trashëgimisë natyrore dhe kulturore ndërkufitare të rajonit të Liqenit të Ohrit".

Projekti ndërkufitar për bashkërendimin e menaxhimit të Liqenit të Ohrit, tashmë ka hyrë në fazën finale të tij. Megjithëse institucioni lider për palën shqiptare në këtë projekt është Ministria e Mjedisit, Ministria e Kulturës përmes Drejtorisë së Përgjithshme të Trashëgimisë dhe Diversitetit Kulturor dhe institucioneve të saj të varësisë si Instituti i Monumenteve të Kulturës dhe Drejtorisë Rajonale të Kulturës Kombëtare Korçë ka qenë dhe mbetet plotësisht e angazhuar dhe e përfshirë në përgatitjen dhe ndjekjen me rigorozitet të rekomandimeve të dala nga takimet e organizuara në këtë kuadër, për të plotësuar në kohë dosjen për zgjerimin e Trashëgimisë botërore të rajonit të Liqenit të Ohrit me pjesën shqiptare të Liqenit të Ohrit.

Cilat janë angazhimet e Ministrisë së Kulturës lidhur me pjesën e trashëgimisë kulturore

Në zbatim të rekomandimeve të ekspertëve të ICOMOS, IUCN dhe ICCROM, ekspertët tanë po punojnë për të siguruar mbrojtjen dhe integritetin e Vlerave të trashëgimsisë kulturore të zonës së mundshme të rajonit të Liqenit të Ohrit që do të përfshjihet në Listën e trashëgimisë botërore të UNESKO-s. Me një vendim të Ministres së Kulturës në Mars 2016 është shpallur zona e mbrojtur e monumentit të kulturës kategoria I-rë "Rrënojat kishës paleokristiane dhe mozaikët" në fshatin Lin, Pogradec. Në zbatim të Ligjit për trashëgiminë kulturore, në zonën e mbrojtur ndalohet çdo ndërhyrje me karakter ndërtimor.
Po kështu, në vijim të misionit në terren (field mission) të datave 29 - 30 mars 2016 nga grupi ndërinstitucional me përfaqësues të ICOMOS, IUCN, IMK, AKZM, ARZM, Instituti Arkeologjik dhe Bashkia Pogradec, Këshilli Kombëtar i Restaurimeve ka miratuar me 25.05.2016: Propozimin e kufirit të zonës së mundshme për shpallje pasuri botërore e UNESCO-s, vendim i cili i është përcjellë Qendrës së Trashëgimisë të Botërore të UNESCO-s dhe Ministrisë së Mjedisit, institucioni shqiptar "leader" në projekt.
Gjithashtu, në bashkëpunim me Ministrinë e Mjedisit, Ministria e Kulturës ka ndërmarrë nismën për ratifikimin e Konventës Europiane të Peisazhit e cila përcakton qartë kërkesat dhe kriteret për ruajtjen dhe promovimin e peisazheve në përgjithësi dhe atyre kulturore dhe natyrore në veçanti. Besoj se kjo Konventë do të jetë një tjetër "instrument" në duart e menaxherëve të kësaj pasurie botërore.

A është gati Shqipëria për të menaxhuar dhe ruajtur një trashëgimi të tillë në bashkëpunim me palën maqedonase?
Shqipëria ka një eksperiencë më tepër se 20 vjeçare në menaxhimin e vlerave të jashtëzakonshme universale (outstanding universal value - OUV). Ministria e Kulturës në këto dy vite ka dëshmuar angazhimin maksimal të saj për përmbushjen dhe ndjekjen me rigorozitet të detyrimeve të anëtarësimit në Konventën e Trashëgiminë Botërore Natyrore dhe Kulturore dhe rekomandimeve të ICOMOS. Ndërsa ka përmirësime të punës dhe rezultateve, ka ende shumë për të bërë. Kjo mbetet sfida jonë ndërkohë që kësaj sfide i shtohet edhe detyrimi për t'u bashkërenduar institucionalisht jo vetëm së brendshmi, me institucionet e speializuara përgjegjëse qendrore dhe vendore, por edhe me simotrat në vendin fqinj Maqedoni. Ashtu si dhe për parnerët tanë maqedonas, sfida e ruajtjes dhe mbrojtjes së vlerave të trashëgimisë kulturore në një kontekst bashkëkohor vazhdimisht në presionin e zhvillimeve urbane, ka qenë dhe mbetet një angazhim konstant.  Institucionet përgjegjëse (jo vetëm ata të trashëgimisë kulturore) të të dy vendeve kanë filluar tashmë ta trajtojnë rajonin e liqenit të Ohrit si një hapësirë të përbashkët që nuk ka vetëm vlera e përfitime, por dhe përgjegjësi e detyrime. 

Kur do të jetë gati dosja për futjen në UNESCO të pjesës shqiptare të Liqenit të Ohrit
Mendojmë dhe besojmë se dosja ndërkufitare e kandidimit do të finalizohet brenda muajit janar 2017 për t'u dorëzuar zyrtarisht në UNESCO brenda muajit mars 2017. Ndonëse po punohet me grupe ekspertësh të institucioneve më në zë kombëtare dhe ndërkombëtare në fushën e mjedisit dhe të trashëgimisë kulturore falë mbështetjes së pakursyer të EU dhe UNESCO, kjo është një sipërmarrje dhe angazhim madhor për të dy shtetet palë në këtë Konventë të Trashëgimisë Botërore të UNESCO-s, që nuk përfundon me finalizimin e dosjes së kandidimit.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Final Management Planning Workshop for the Lake Ohrid region

View from Lin peninsula, Albania (UNESCO)
The Fifth Management Planning Workshop, in the framework of the project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region” will take place in Udënisht, Pogradec area, Albania, on 22 and 23 June 2016.
The workshop will focus on governance systems and more specifically on the identification of mechanisms for the involvement and the coordination of various activities between different partners and stakeholders. Additionally the workshop aims to identify priority themes, targets and actions concerning sustainable development options in the Lake Ohrid region in Albania.
Last of a series of five, this Fifth Management Planning Workshop will be the opportunity to review the outcomes of the Fourth Management Planning Workshop (12-13 May 2016, Tushemisht) along with the conclusions of the Third meeting of the Technical Working Group (19 May 2016, Tirana). These Management Planning Workshops have greatly contributed to the capacity building of the project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region”.Funded by the European Union and the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Albania, the project is going towards its final year of implementation.

More information about the Lake Ohrid region project can be found at: whc.unesco.org/en/lake-ohrid-region/

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Promoting nature, culture and World Heritage in the Lake Ohrid region

Lake Ohrid Pogradec, Albania
The training course “Promoting nature, culture and World Heritage in the Lake Ohrid region” in the framework of the project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region” takes place in Pogradec and Tushemisht, Albania, on 10 and 11 May 2016.

The training course aims to provide participants with the necessary tools and approaches available for the promotion and interpretation of assets of collective importance to humankind, whilst increasing appreciation of shared heritage values among existing and new audiences in a way that enhances the achievement of the shared management objectives for the heritage place. The training will also contribute indirectly to progress in the management planning process in view of the proposed Albanian extension to the World Heritage property “Natural and cultural heritage of the Ohrid region” (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) with ideas that will address the need to build unique narratives around a common identity for this potential mixed (nature/culture) transboundary World Heritage property. In accordance with the 2011 World Heritage Capacity Building Strategy, the training strives to achieve broader capacity building of heritage practitioners, institutions, organizations, communities and networks for heritage management and conservation in the Lake Ohrid region through people-centred changes.

The training will offer conceptual background, case studies and group exercises dedicated to the entire Lake Ohrid region and participants will be able to gain good understanding of the role of cultural and natural heritage in sustainable development, sustainable tourism, audience development, data gathering and strategic planning. It will have a focus on the particular demands of a mixed (natural and cultural) transboundary site.

This training course takes place as part of the project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region”, funded by European Union and the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Albania).

More information about the Lake Ohrid region project can be found at: