Our vision is Prespa lakes basin managed jointly by the three countries, for the preservation of natural and cultural heritage and the wellbeing of its peoples. Our mission is to offer ways to restore and keep this balance.
Prespa Lakes Basin (Southeast Europe) is a wetland of international importance, comprising of four National Parks and several protected areas with globally unique habitats, flora and fauna. In 2000 the Governments of Albania, FYR Macedonia and Greece have agreed to work together to reduce pollution in the lakes, and introduce environmental management practices in the Prespa Park by integrating ecological, economic and social goals.
Transboundary Prespa Park was designated a Wetland of International Importance under the international Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. It has been acknowledged as a Gift to the Earth by WWF-International, and European Union has included Prespa Lakes in its policies on water and species protection.
Prespa Park Coordination Committee (PPCC) is a trilateral body representing governments, local authorities and civil society. It supports environmental protection and sustainable development in Prespa Park for the preservation of natural and cultural heritage and the wellbeing of its peoples.♦
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Children celebrate World Wetlands Day in Prespa Park
On the occasion of the World Wetlands Day, February 2, and the 9th Anniversary of the Prespa Park, three environmental organizations from Albania, FYR of Macedonia and Greece invited the primary school children to share their view of the lake with their neighbours through paintings.
Some 160 primary school children from the three countries took part in the drawing competition “Show your lake to your neighbors”, organized by the Nature and Life, Coalition for Perspective Prespa, and the Society for the Protection of Prespa. The three winners – one from each country - will be announced on local events in each country on February 2.
The curiosity of the event is that children from one country were choosing winners from the neighbouring country. In the months to come the whole exhibition will tour the Prespa Lakes Basin and give the opportunity to all children to share the same vision of the lakes and their environment.
In the same spirit, an international Prespa photo competition will be announced on February 2, to mark and celebrate together the next, 10th anniversary of the transboundary Prespa Park.♦