Sunday, 18 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

8 March 2013: “Crafted by time”, a documentary about Prespa by Vangelis Efthymiou, is in the 15th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival Print E-mail

Adonis is starting to build his new wooden boat. He is one of the few who still have this skill. He makes a living from fishing in the Prespa Lakes. The Society for the Protection of Prespa has spent many years studying the fish species of these same lakes.

With the documentary “Crafted by Time”, director Vangelis Efthymiou transports us to the magical world of the Prespa Lakes. The film’s underwater protagonists are the 23 unique fish species found in Prespa, one of the less well-known, though highly important, aspects of the area’s natural wealth, and a primary reason why Prespa is classified as one of the ten most important wetlands in the Mediterranean. On dry land, the film stars the local fishermen and their traditional customs and practices, the lakeside tales passed down from father to son, and the problems they face in today’s economic climate.

“Crafted by Time” has been chosen as one of 58 Greek films to be shown at the 15th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival – Images of the 21st Century. The premiere of the documentary will take place on Saturday 16th March 2013 at 13:00 in the Olympion Hall, and it will receive a second showing on Sunday 17th March at 15:15 in the Tonia Marketatki Hall. The Festival runs from 15th to 24th March 2013.

The documentary was produced as part of the LIFE+ Information & Communication (2010-2013) project “Fish, Fisheries and European Policy in the Prespa Basin,” which aims to inform the public and raise awareness about issues connected with the rare fish species and fisheries of Prespa.

Your guided tour around the magical world of Prespa awaits you.

You can see the trailer for the documentary here

Further information from:
Rallia Kougioumtzi, Society for the Protection of Prespa, 23850-51211, 697 4062330
Vangelis Efthymiou, Direction – Land Art Productions, 694 4190314

Information for editors:
1) One of Prespa’s key features is the unique fish species which are found there. There are 23 species of fish living in Lesser and Great Prespa Lakes, 9 of which are endemic, meaning that they are found nowhere else in the world, and for this reason they are protected by both European and national legislation. The survival of these endemic fish species is threatened by factors connected with the general condition of the ecosystem as well as the use of improper fishing practices. Some of the more significant threats to the survival of the endemic fish species include water pollution, degradation of spawning grounds, illegal fishing and the introduction of non-native invasive species through re-stocking of fisheries.

2) The LIFE+ Information & Communication (2010-2013) project, “Fish, Fisheries and European Policy in the Prespa Basin” is being implemented by the Society for the Protection of Prespa and is 50% co-funded by the European Union. The aim of the project is to raise awareness about the fish species and the threats they face, as well as to encourage the active participation of local and regional stakeholders in their protection. More information about the project can be found at www.spp.gr/life_prespafish


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