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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10 April 2014: The Society for the Protection of Prespa is the “Best of the Best” once again! Print E-mail


The Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP) has been honoured by the European Commission for the second time, with a "Best of the Best" Award for its implementation of the LIFE + Information and Communication project 'Fish, Fisheries & European Policy in the Prespa Basin'.

The Prespa Lakes are among the twelve most important wetlands in the Mediterranean because of their rare fish species. This aspect of Prespa is not as well-known as the rich bird-life for which Prespa is famous, however its protection is extremely important both for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in the region.

The aim of the project was to inform the public about the value of these rare fish species and the threats they face, as well as to encourage local authorities and stakeholders to actively participate in their conservation. The project included a series of communication activities targeted at both the general public and more specialised audiences. TV and radio infomercials, a mobile exhibition which toured Greece, leaflets and a documentary film were all used to make the general public more aware of the natural wealth found in the Prespa Lakes. In addition, the publication "Fish species and sustainable fisheries in Prespa," meetings with stakeholders and lobbying to promote concrete measures were all means by which the issue of sustainable fisheries and the protection of fish populations were put more firmly on the agenda.

This is not the first time that the SPP has been honoured with this award; in 2009 the LIFE project “Protection and conservation of priority bird species in Lake Mikri Prespa" was also declared ‘Best the Best’ in Europe. The award is a very prestigious honour which the European Commission gives annually to four or five projects out of all those implemented under the European Union’s LIFE funding programme. The award is judged on the best implementation and management of projects according to the original proposal and the project results.

The co-funding required for both of the “Best of the Best” LIFE projects implemented by the SPP came from private funds secured by the Society. At a time when the lack of transparency in some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Greece has cast a shadow over the vast majority of legitimate and law-abiding NGOs working on behalf of society, such accolades clearly demonstrate the importance of the valuable work they undertake.

The Director of the Society for the Protection of Prespa, the biologist Myrsini Malakou, said: "We are doubly pleased to receive this award, not only because it is the second time that the European Commission has honoured us in this way, but also because in the current climate of disregard for the role of civil society, it is proof that there are organisations carrying out important work, away from the glare of publicity and with the support of society, and which are furthermore internationally distinguished for their efforts. This makes me feel proud of the Society for the Protection of Prespa and of the dozens of NGOs in Greece quietly and transparently getting on with their work and providing important contributions to society, each in its own field. We warmly thank all the local bodies such as the Municipality of Prespa, the fishing co-operatives, the primary school of Agios Germanos and all the inhabitants of Prespa who contributed to this project and of course the MAVA - Fondation pour la Nature for their many years of support for our work.

Further information:
Marianna Vlassi, Communications Co-ordinator, Society for the Protection of Prespa, 6947692357

Notes for editors:
Information about the project, its objectives and deliverables can be found at www.spp.gr/life_prespafish
Information about the Society for the Protection of Prespa and its activities can be found at www.spp.gr


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