Tuesday, 20 Feb 2018


17th February 2017: 14th February 2017: A historic day for transboundary Prespa

22 September 2016: The Juniper Forests captured the interest of the “students” of the two summer schools, implemented this summer in Prespa

13th September 2016: 100 wetlands and 7 countries in 1 afternoon – the 1st Pelican census covering all of SE Europe and Turkey

15 February 2016: Our life in a wetland! Primary school students from across the transboundary Prespa basin show us what the wetland looks like through their eyes

8 October 2015: Walk in the forests of Prespa with your phone aw a guide!

23 July 2015: United by pelicans

9 February 2015: "Karagiozis, the protector of Prespa!"

2 February 2015, World Wetlands Day: I'ts time for ratification of the Agreement on the transboundary Prespa Park

21 January 2015: Second Dalmatian pelican falls victim to illegal hunting in the Evros Delta

15 April 2014: The Society for the Protection of Prespa is the “Best of the Best” once again!

21 March 2014: The re-introduction of animal husbandry as a conservation measure for the Grecian juniper woods of Prespa

31 January 2014: Prespa Park: at the crossroads of sustainability

3 July 2013: The very first nationwide Pelican Census in Greece!

3 April 2013: Striving to enhance the natural values of the Prespa region, for biodiversity and people, through joint actions across borders

1 February 2013: Prespa Park 2000-2013: time to take new initiatives

10 December 2012: Manual for the protection of fish and fisheries in Prespa

9 October 2012: The thrilling journey of migration!

9 August 2012: Only Greece is now delaying implementation of the International Prespa Park Agreement

The cooperation of the countries of SE Europe is imperative for the protection of the pelicans

8 May 2012: Transboundary Prespa puts fish and fisheries centre stage

3 February 2012: The Society for the Protection of Prespa is celebrating World Wetlands Day with events in Thessaloniki and across the borders in Prespa

23 January 2012: Environmental organisations denounce out-of-control illegal hunting in the Prespa National Park

6 October 2011: With a seal of approval from the European Union, the International Agreement for the Prespa Park is now in the hands of the three states that share the Prespa basin

15 April 2011: Learn all you need to know about keeping the treasures of the lakes safe from harm

2 February 2011: Ratification of International Agreement for the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Prespa Park still pending one year after

21 May 2010: Prespes: An ecosystem that still resists

2 February 2010: The three countries and the European Commission commit to cooperate for the protection and the sustainable development of the Prespa Basin




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The Prespa Centre for Nature and Anthropos (PCNA) was founded in 2004 as a distinct part of the Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP). In essence it is a Documentation Centre for the natural and cultural heritage of the entire Prespa basin. The PCNA’s mission is twofold: on the one hand, to bring together, archive and make available to the public the total body of knowledge regarding the heritage of Prespa and, on the other hand, to encourage and promote a unified, integrated understanding of the relationship between man and nature in the region. It is hoped that this approach will lead to a greater appreciation of the relationship between nature and culture, creating synergies between the two and contributing to the effective safeguarding of the unique natural and cultural values of the area.

In founding the PCNA the SPP acknowledged the need for assisting the Transboundary Prespa Park, by offering support particularly in its early years, and also for making progress on implementing two decisions by the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands:

A. Resolution VIII.19 of COP8 “Guiding principles for taking into account the cultural values of wetlands for the effective management of sites” (Valencia, Spain, November, 2002)
B. Resolution IX.21 of COP9 “Taking into account the cultural values of wetlands” (Kampala, Uganda, November, 2005)

The SPP is hopeful that this initiative will be an example for other wetlands in the Balkans and the Mediterranean.

The more specific aims of the PCNA are:

  • To bring together all the available information on the natural and cultural heritage of Prespa, and to provide advisory assistance on how best to incorporate cultural values into the management of the natural environment.
  • To strengthen recognition of Prespa’s cultural values by publicising and promoting this scientific body of knowledge to the wider public, the various bodies that participate in the management of the Prespa basin and to whoever may have a professional interest.
  • To promote, among local, national and international bodies and local authorities, the idea of the necessity for a common approach on issues surrounding the management and safeguarding of Prespa’s natural and cultural heritage.
  • To support, promote and emphasise the importance of carrying out relevant research as an essential prerequisite to the implementation of effective management measures.

Initially the PCNA aspires to create a complete archive of documentation on the nature and culture of Prespa. The archive will contain, in copies or as originals, in print or electronic form, all works which refer to the nature, history and culture of the wider area of Prespa in all three states. This may be in the form of books, articles, extracts, monographs, photographs or maps, amongst others. The archive will be enlarged and updated constantly; though initially emphasis will be given to bringing together and collating documents which refer to the Greek side of Prespa, it is intended that data to be found in Albanian or Slavo-Macedonian archives and libraries will be added at a later date. In the first phase the PCNA will seek to translate at least the summaries or synopses of the archive into English, so as to facilitate their widest possible use.

Whether in the form of texts, photographs or slides and papers; works published, unpublished or in limited editions; articles, books or extracts of books, old and rare works, maps, reports of research or other projects, all the material which is held in the archives will be organised so as to enable easy access to it, simplifying its management and thematic searches of the material. The archive will be searchable both on site and off, by means of the internet.

A large part of the archive will be digitised and available on the internet, so that it will be possible to find information easily and quickly through online searches, both for on-site researchers and SPP employees as well as anyone not in Prespa but interested in the material. It will be available to any interested student or scholar, with an emphasis on those who come from the three countries which share the lakes.

The aim is to make all the texts which are currently available only in Greek, Albanian or Slavo-Macedonian less difficult to access by translating them into English. A Geographical Information System will also be developed, by means of which all the information that is contained in the archive in whatever form can be correlated to the specific place to which it refers. In other words it will be possible to connect a document with the place where it was created or was collected or to which it refers, by entering its title or its bibliographic reference on a map.

The PCNA is hosted in the SPP’s building in Laimos, Prespa.

During the period 2007-2008 a database of the following was created (ABEKT5.5):

  1. The contents of the SPP’s library.
  2. The contents of the library of Mr. Georgos Pavlidis, which has kindly been donated to the SPP.
  3. Scientific articles about Prespa belonging to the SPP.

A database of all known scientific works and publications regarding the area of Prespa was also created, using the same software.


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