Thursday, 22 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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Friday 16 February 2018, 17:18

Environmental Education Print E-mail

The Prespa National Park is one of the best places in Greece for environmental education with regards to biodiversity, because a great range of species is concentrated in a small area. Consequently, educational programmes and tours have always been an important part of the work of the Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP). These programmes have been taking place since 1992 and more than 50,000 students from all over Greece have participated in them.

Today the SPP carries out environmental education programmes for local schoolchildren as well as for schools from all over the country.

  • Programmes for visiting schools: After having contacted the Society for the Protection of Prespa schools can participate in organised tour programmes. Through these programmes students have the opportunity to understand some of the basic values of the area and to appreciate the constant interdependence which exists between man and nature. Depending on the season, they can also observe rare species of wildlife up close, without disturbing them of course. The programmes are flexible, are led by local eco-guides and are tailored to the time each school has available.
  • Schools wishing to participate in the programmes can contact the SPP on weekdays from 9.00 to 5.00, by telephone 23850-51211, fax 23850-51343 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

  • Programmes for local schools: In Greek Prespa there is a high school, as well as secondary and primary schools, with around 160 students in total. In collaboration with the teachers the SPP organises environmental education days appropriate to the ages of the children. These environmental education days are carried out during the school year on a regular basis and every year a particular theme is chosen, such as wet meadows or the forests of Prespa. Over the course of the year the students come to a deeper understanding of the chosen theme through a combination of classroom and field activities that let them experience nature first hand.

Similarly, specific environmental educational activities are organised in response to special circumstances and world days such as World Wetlands Day, World Migratory Birds Day or World Environment Day. The themes differ according to the season and the occasion. The overall aim of the activities is for the children not only to understand the natural and cultural values of Prespa but also to gain a wider environmental consciousness. The SPP, it is worth noting, recognises that the protection and viable development of the area requires the cooperation and participation of the three states that share the lakes (Greece, FYROM and Albania). Therefore, the SPP focuses on designing activities aimed at the children understanding the things they have in common with their neighbouring countries and which strengthen the transboundary dimension of this relationship.

Some of the more recent activities which the SPP has organised include:


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