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Interview with Mayor of Pogradec, Mr Kapri about the Project

Interview with the Mayor of Pogradec, Mr. Eduard Kapri to discuss the shared responsibilities and benefits of the project Mayor of Pogradec, Mr. Eduard Kapri What does the project: "Towards Strengthened Governance of the Shared Transboundary Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Lake Ohrid region mean for Pogradec? Mr. Kapri: The project started with the signing of an Agreement in 2005 between the governments of FYROM and Albania for the protection and sustainable development of Lake Ohrid and its watershed. Both governments are committed to undertaking development and spatial management plans of the area of Lake Ohrid. A steering committee of experts from the two countries are working together to define the criteria, standards, restrictions and clear objectives for the protection of Lake Ohrid region in accordance with EU standards and principles. We hope this project will contribute in this direction. What are the concrete measures that the Municipality of Pogradec will

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 structure

Albania defines the buffer zone protecting Basilica of Lin Peninsula, Pogradec

Albanian National Council for Restoration at Ministry of Culture defined the Buffer Zone for protecting cultural heritage in the area of Lin Village Pogradec. Ruins of Paleo Christian Church The protected area includes the ruins of Paleo-Christian Church and Mosaics, which are considered as Monuments of First Category. The Paleo Christian basilica of Lin is situated in the West Side of Lin peninsula and represents one of the most important monuments of Albanian heritage. The structure is decorated with colorful mosaics of flowers motifs, geometric and Eucharistic scenes, belonging to early Christian Period. Archaeological excavations and numismatic records of Basilica with mosaic floor are dating back in V-VI the century. Poly-chrome mosaics and rich archaeological material, make the Church one of the most beautiful monuments and the most interesting site in the territory of Albania. The floor mosaics of Church Two-thirds of Lake Ohrid is inscribed on the World Heritage Li

Tourism/ Pogradec, in harmony with nature

Pogradec is one of the most charming tourism destinations in Albania set on the shores of Lake Ohrid. The journey to Pogradec is always inspiring. The more you travel here, the more you become addicted to the city. Travelling over Qafe Thane, reaching the pass and begining the descent down to Lake Ohrid and the beautiful village of Lin with its magnificent scenery surrounded by hills unfolds itself like a book to the eye of the tousists. The beauty and tranquility of the lake move your soul. Once in the city, a long promenade, invites you for a long walk. Pogradec is very welcoming, and people are among the most friendly in Albania, the lake has softened their hearts.. The city was home to many of the country's famous writers and poets: Lasgush Poradeci and Mitrush Kuteli, and lately Luan Starova and painters Anastas Kostandini(Taso), Gjergji Lako, Gentian Zeka, Vangjo Vasili and Ilir Dhima. Cultural heritage In the west side of Lin pennisula you can visit the paleochristian chu

Training on Integrated Management of Heritage Landscapes will take place on 31 March in Lin, Pogradec, Albania

The Collaborative and Integrated Management of Protected and Heritage Landscapes 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 31 March – 1 April 2016 in the Lin Peninsula, Albania. Management of the potential extension of the World Heritage property “Natural and Cultural Heritage in the Ohrid region” in Albania and the overlapping Pogradec Protected Landscape will require a collaborative approach, involving the large number of stakeholders with interests in the area. It will also require establishing a harmonious balance of nature, culture, landscape and development. So-called ‘co-management’ is a less familiar form of governance for many of those who will have responsibility for the area. This short course will bring together representatives of all the main stakeholders to learn about how to develop an integrated and cooperative approach to managin

Third Transboundary Platform Meeting took place in Pogradec, 7 March

Groups of experts from both sides of #LakeOhrid The third Transboundary Platform Meeting of the project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region” took place on 7 March 2016, Pogradec, Albania. This third meeting on transboundary cooperation is part of a European Union and UNESCO initi ative aiming to reinforce conservation and sustainable development through management effectiveness on both sides of the Lake Ohrid. Representatives from the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Environment, representatives from the National Agency of Protected Areas, representatives from the local governments around the lake, representatives from the Advisory Bodies (ICOMOS and IUCN) as well as UNESCO gathered in Pogradec to pursue their work in establishing a viable cooperation platform. The aim of Transboundary Platform Meeting was more specifically to present and discuss opportunities in existing transboundary proc

#OurLakeOhrid Photo & Story Contest

We are pleased to announce the launch of an Instagram and Facebook competition around the Lake Ohrid region and its heritage. How to participate: Share a special moment/person/quote/story/photograph from the Lake Ohrid region (Albanian and Macedonian sides) on Instagram on or on the Lake Ohrid Heritage Facebook page using the tag #OurLakeOhrid, along with a brief description. It could be a person, place, scenery, object or a cultural practice or tradition – it's up to you! The top 5 entries will receive a free 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), and the top 10 will be showcased on the project’s webpage on the World Heritage Centre website as well as associated blogs and social media pages. What we are looking for: What will be taken into consideration by the jury is: - Creativity: we are looking forward to reading ima

Lake Ohrid Project’s meetings

THE FIRST Management Planning Workshop to protect the transboundary Lake Ohrid region took place on 25 and 26 March 2015 in Korca, a city in southeast Albania and seat of Korca country, which also includes the city of Pogradec, situated on the shores of Lake Ohrid. The workshop brought together national and local authorities of two sides of the lake and representatives of UNESCO and the Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Convention (ICCROM, ICOMOS and IUCN), who discussed the heritage management systems currently in use in the region, and identified key stakeholders to support the development of a transboundary heritage management plan. At the meeting stakeholders presentated of the state of the cultural and natural heritage in the Lake Ohrid region, with particular focus on the existing management structures and planning processes and two participatory working sessions. Two main participatory working sessions focused on undertaking a thorough stakeholder analysis, the first s

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