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Project Milestone- The boundaries of potential World Heritage property

The Albanian National Council of Restoration approves the boundaries of the potential World Heritage property The National Council of Restoration under the Albanian Ministry of Culture through a decision on 25 May 2016 approved the proposal for delineation of the boundary of the potential extension of the transboundary World Heritage property and its buffer zone. Based on the results of the joint field mission: ICOMOS, IUCN, ICM, NAPA, RAPA, Municipality of Pogradec and Institute of Archaeology carried out in March 2016 as a contribution to the identification of the boundaries, the National Council of Restoration decided to approve the proposal of the boundary of the potential transboundary World Heritage property that includes: the waterline of the Lake Ohrid, cultural features of the landscape of the Lin Peninsula and Lin Village, areas critical to the scenic integrity of the Lake Ohrid (Drilon, coastal landscapes to the North of Lin), pile dwelling areas. This is a great milestone

The Summer issue of "Protecting Lake Ohrid" Newsletter is now published

The second 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", is now published and is available in three languages: Albanian English Macedonian In this edition published in Summer 2016, besides information  about meetings, activities and and updates on the progress of the Lake Ohrid project, the reader will get to know the winners of social media Photo Contest: which lasted from 7 March- 7 April 2016 with hashtag #OurLakeOhrid, on Facebook and Instagram with almost 450 submission competing for "Top Ten". They were voted not only for the good quality photo, but also for the story behind it.  The social media competition helped

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

Exploring the beauty of Lake Ohrid, Macedonia

The landscape photographer's paradise, where the poor become rich, where the fat become skinny, where everything is clear: I present to you Ohrid, Macedonia. I spent four and a half days in Ohrid during my trip to the Balkans. Rule number one: stay longer. While I didn't particularly "do" much besides swim in crystal-clear, UNESCO-approved Ohrid Lake, indulge in all things nature, catch every golden sunset, and walk through thousand-year-old churches, I came back feeling very unsatisfied as if I hadn't completed my rounds. The place is teeming with natural beauty everywhere, not to mention, the place is empty so it's like having it all to yourself. While I'm all for getting lost in this nature haven called Ohrid (pronounced like  okrid  in Macedonian), I do recommend starting with a tour around the Lake so you get a better grasp of where you are and what your options are. I took a boat trip with  Lale tours  that began in Pestani, where

Balkan Mish-Mash Film Production in Pogradec

Balkan Mish-Mash Film Production was held in Pogradec from 31 July to 5 August 2016. This year’s production was made possible with the support of UNESCO. Up to 150 films from the Balkan countries participated in this edition of the festival. A new section—Balkan Heritage—was added to the competition’s other genres in the festival. Documentaries that deal with Balkan traditions, cultures, music and nature were part of the festival, enabling us to know more about what we have in common and what makes Balkan countries unique. The festival is held every year in Pogradec, an area known historically for the importance of its commercial routes among Balkan countries in the centuries of the Ottoman Empire. The best film and the winner of the festival was Wish to wash with rain, directed by Gülten Taranç from Turkey. Best experimental was We have all been here forever, by Peter Cerovšek, Neža Grum, Matevž Jerman (Slovenia). Best animation: Dinner for a few, by Nassos Vakalis (Greece). Bes

A Video about Transboundary cooperation in the Lake Ohrid Region

A video about the EU-funded project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region” was Published in UNESCO website and youtube page. This video presents the main threats and opportunities affecting the natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region, the importance of sustainable development for effective heritage conservation, the main project partners as well as the overall expected results. Its a project about Lake Ohrid, situated in a region shared between Albania and Former Yougoslav republic of Macedonia. The natural and cultural heritage of Ohrid Region has been enlisted in the world Heritage list, but it currently covers only the Macedonian part of the region. "At the time of nomination of the existing site there was virtually no communication between the two countries", Oliver Avramoski from IUCN said. This is a joint European Union- Unesco Project about not only safeguarding the l

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