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:

http://whc.unesco.org/en/lake-ohrid-region 

10 Winners of #OurLakeOhrid Social Media Contest announced

10 Winners of #OurLakeOhrid Social Media Contest announced. 
The Photo Contest was organized in the framework of the Project:Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region, founded by European Union and Albanian Government and is implementing by UNESCO. The aim of this project is to improve transboundary cooperation and management effectiveness for the protection of the natural and cultural heritage in the Lake Ohrid region.
#OurLakeOhrid Photo & Story Contest around the Lake Ohrid region and its heritage takes place on Instagram  and the Lake Ohrid Heritage Facebook page was open from 7 March to 7 April 2016. About 450 photos were posted on Facebook and Instagram. A jury from EU, UNESCO, IUCN, ICOMOS, selected 10 winning photos based on the terms and condition published in the page dedicated to this Photo Contest.http://whc.unesco.org/en/ourlakeohrid-photo-contest/


We are pleased to announce the top 10 Winners of #OurLakeOhrid photo Contest. Here are the 10 winning photos:

Silhouette by Adnan Beci (Instagram)
The village of Radozda, photo by Elena Nikolovska @redredvine
My Best Souvenir by Teodora Krasimirova Koleva

Sv stefan Ohrid by @MarijanaPipePipileva

Spring fairytale by Stefanija Vidovski  @svidovski

Autumn Drilon by Ardian Fezollari @ardianfezollari

Radozda Struga overlooking Lin, Albania a photo by Slavica Panova @slavicapanova

Sunrise Lake Ohrid by Betim Berisha @betimberisha

Snake in the Lake. photo by Marko Blazevski @blazevskimarko


Sunset by Nikola Naumoski @nikolanajk1
The 10 winning photos are posted with following accounts:
Adnan Beci (Instagram); My Best Souvenir (Instagram) Betim Berisha (Instagram) Ardian Fezollari (Instagram); @redredvine (Instagram); Slavica Panova (Facebook); Marijana Pipe Pipileva (Facebook); @Svidoski (Instagram); @nikolanajk1 (Instagram) ; @blazevskimarko (Instagram)

For the winners Unesco will provide a Certificate and also a Lake Ohrid region (LOR) gift bag (content of the bag: a LOR coat, a LOR thermos cup, a LOR 8GB USB key, a LOR notebook and a pen). Congratulation to the winners and to all contributors. It was a great help to promote together our transboundary Lake Ohrid.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Albania will host for the 4th year, The Environment Film Festival

Albania will host for the 4th year in a row, The Environment film Festival, which will take place from 22 May -5 June 2016. Ecology, culture, economy, migrations, wars and social issues, among many others, are the essence of why this festival is created by aiming to share and exchange common and future concerns.

The Festival is organized in 8 locations: Shkodra, Tirana, Vlora, Skrapar, Permet, Erseke, Gjirokaster and Valbona. More than 70 movies were received from more than 40 countries.

The competition will focus on these categories: Long Movies, (Movies of more than 20 min), Short Movies, (less than 20 min); EFTA lab; EFTA Young Talents. The detailed Programme about movies, the Jury and other information about the Festival is now published. (https://effalbania.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/effa-catalog-en1.pdf)

EFFA is organized by the Albanian Ministry of Environment and the Delegation of the European Union to Albania, in collaboration with Embassies and NGOs’ partners in the country.

“Artists from Albania and the world bring to the Environmental Film Festival their focus towards the environment, merging political and social boundaries, as environment itself is” said Environment Minister Lefter Koka about this Festival.

Also the Head of EU Delegation in Tirana, Mrs Mrs Romana Vlahutin expressed her enthusiasm and support about this event. “The European Union takes a leading role globally in addressing environmental protection, action on climate change, energy efficiency, raising awareness and promoting public consultation. Here in Albania, in the Western Balkans and across the world, a safe environment can only improve our quality of life, our health, our productivity, and our economy. The Festival provides an excellent opportunity to witness global and local environment issues and to see and reflect how solutions are found and how challenges are managed.”, she said.

The Environmental Film Festival Albania holds and defends the idea that the right to environment is a right for everyone, a common good that has a great relevance and importance for our daily life and for the planet we live in.

For more information: https://effalbania.org/

Monday, May 2, 2016

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


"Promoting nature, culture and World Heritage in the Lake Ohrid region" training, which is part of the project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region” will take place on 10- 11 May 2016 in Pogradec and Tushemisht, Albania.

Tushemisht Albania
In line with the World Heritage Capacity Building Strategy, the training course aims to provide participants with the necessary tools and people-centred approaches available for the promotion and interpretation of assets of collective importance to humankind, whilst increasing appreciation of shared heritage values. The training will also build awareness and contribute progress to the management planning process for the Albanian extension to the World Heritage property "Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region" (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia).

The training course 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. The training will have a focus on the particular demands of a mixed (natural and cultural) transboundary site and the importance of building unique narratives around a common identity.


More information about the project:

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Collaborative management of Lake Ohrid is critical for Natural and Cultural Heritage

By Stephanie Gentle
Successful management of the Lake Ohrid region depends heavily on collaboration between diverse stakeholders and a harmonious balance of nature, culture, landscape and development. During the training on Collaborative Integrated Management of Protected and Heritage Landscapes held in April in Lin Peninsula, Albania, the stakeholders learned how to develop an integrated and cooperative approach to managing complex landscapes.

Group of experts in Lin Pogradec 
“The first success is that we now think of the lake as one whole, together with our Macedonian partners. We are now aware that we have to cooperate with our partners and protect the lake from damages that have been made until now”, said Mr. Mihallaq Qirjo, Director of the Regional Agency for Protected Areas (RAPA) for Korca region, speaking about the positive impacts the project has achieved thus far.

The training brought together more than 20 representatives from Albania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, including the respective Ministries of Environment and Culture, protected area authorities, representatives from fisheries and tourism industries, as well as experts from ICCROM, ICOMOS and IUCN.

“This training assists the two countries to improve and upgrade transboundary cooperation by helping to better understand Lake Ohrid’s outstanding universal values, both natural and cultural. Cooperation between diverse stakeholders is the key to expanding the mechanisms for transboundary cooperation, strengthening the involvement of various stakeholders, and also harmonizing the actions on both sides through joint management activities,” said Mr. Oliver Avramoski, Project Officer at IUCN Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The course had a strong focus on interactive learning, with an emphasis on group work, practical exercises and field work. The training’s objectives included participants achieving a sound understanding of various mandates, rights and responsibilities that can affect complex landscapes; understanding different types of governance that can be applied to protected landscapes and the importance of collaboration and partnership; gaining experience of co-management approaches that combine nature, culture, local needs and development; and gaining new skills and understandings in consensus building, negotiation and conflict resolution. This knowledge contributes to the development of a co-management system for the Pogradec Protected Landscape and the potential transboundary World Heritage property in the Lake Ohrid region.

The training was organized as part of the joint EU UNESCO project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region”. The project seeks to reinforce transboundary cooperation between Albania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, establish integrated management mechanisms, increase the effectiveness of capacity building, and profile the transboundary area and its sustainable tourism opportunities. In addition, the project aims to support the efforts of national authorities in the preparation of a nomination file to extend the World Heritage property “Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid Region” to the Albanian side.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

World heritage Day- Raising awareness on Lake Ohrid

18 April is World Heritage Day. This is a special day to raise public's awareness about the importance and values of Cultural and Natural Heritages and the efforts required to protect and conserve it. Lake Ohrid region is one of the few mixed Cultural and natural properties included in World Heritage List, protected by UNESCO since 1978. Now Albania is preparing the file to inscribe the 1/3 of the Lake Ohrid into this World Heritage property.

A lot of work need to be done by local government and community itself to protect this area.

The project Towards Strengthened Governance of the Shared Transboundary Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Lake Ohrid region, is contributing in this direction, to raise awareness of Albanian Government and community to protect Lake Ohrid Region.

In the framework of this project a photo competition on Lake Ohrid run by UNESCO and its local partners during April aiming to promote the values of this region. More than 450 photos were submitted in Facebook and Instagram through dedicated social media channels managed by an Albanian PR company contracted by UNESCO, which showed a good enthusiasm of people to share their interest, concerns, or good memories from this beautiful area. This social media competition showed that many people are willing to conserve and protect this amazing natural and cultural heritage.
This is just one of many activities foreseen in the project to raise public awareness about Universal Outstanding Values of Our lake Ohrid.

Monday, April 11, 2016

The first Newsletter "Protecting Lake Ohrid" published

The first Newsletter "Protecting Lake Ohrid" on behalf of the Project:"Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region", was published and is available in three languages: Albanian, English and Macedonian in the following website: http://whc.unesco.org/en/lake-ohrid-region/
In the first edition Spring 2016 just published, everybody can be informed about activities of this 3 year project, financed by European Union and Albanian Ministry of Environment and implemented by UNESCO.
In this issue you can read an address by Mr Lefter Koka, Minister of Environment of Republic of Albania;
- interview with Mr Eduard Kapri, Mayor of Pogradec, Albania;
- information on project progress, the next steps & important upcoming dates;
- and several thematic articles, regarding tourism in Ohrid City and Pogradec

In the next edition which will be published in Summer 2016, you can read articles about tourism in Struga city and Debarca Region, more news about the project's meeting, and also the results of Photo Contest:  http://whc.unesco.org/en/ourlakeohrid-photo-contest/ which lasted from 7 March- 7 April 2016 with hashtag #OurLakeOhrid, on Facebook and Instagram.

We hope you enjoy reading it!