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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 15 December 2017, 19:25

2 February 2015, World Wetlands Day: It's time for ratification of the Agreement on the transboundary Prespa Park Print E-mail


2 February 2015 is not only World Wetlands Day, but it is also 5 years to the day since the 3 states sharing the Prespa basin joined with the European Union and all signed the International Agreement for the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Prespa Park Area. The Agreement still remains inactive because the Greek side alone has not ratified it. Recently the other two littoral countries, without Greece, established a “transboundary Biosphere Reserve” in the area under the auspices of UNESCO, which they have invited Greece to join.

Seven environmental organizations - EuroNatur, Frankfurt Zoological Society, KORA, MES, Plantlife, PPNEA and the Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP) - call upon the new Greek Government to now ratify the Prespa Park International Agreement. After decades of efforts for Prespa, all those involved, reach the same conclusion: the only choice for the protection, wise management and sustainable development of this sensitive and valuable place is for the 3 states to establish permanent mechanisms of deliberation, coordination and joint actions. Separate national actions, however positive, cannot produce maximum results and benefits for people and nature alike.

In view of this lack of state-led, trilateral cooperation in Prespa, the protection of the area still relies on initiatives taken by local and international actors with Prespa’s inhabitants. In this context, this 7 environmental organisations, trumpeting the theme of this year’s World Wetlands Day, “Wetlands for Our Future”, will meet in Greek Prespa on 3 and 4 February to discuss common targets and priorities of action for the protection of Prespa’s natural and cultural values. But at the core of these discussions is the message that a different development perspective must be sought for areas like Prespa, especially in times of economic insecurity. Such a perspective has to ensure the conservation of natural resources and the diversity of life for future generations, whilst at the same time allowing for the development of modern productive activities with high added value, especially in the primary and tertiary sectors.

The Secretariat of the Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative (MedWet) associates itself to the call to the new Greek Government, as it did with the previous one, to ratify without further delay the International Agreement for the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Prespa Park Area”, said Delmar Blasco, MedWet Coordinator from his office in Arles, France. He added that “this will represent a significant step towards ensuring the conservation and effective management of this significant area, not only for the benefit of nature but also of the local communities. Significant opportunities are there for the sustainable development of the Prespa Park Area to become a prime example in Southern Europe of local peoples’ participation and engagement in making a wise use of local resources.”

For more information:

Gabriel Schwaderer, EuroNatur (e: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; t: 0049-7732-9272-20)
Svetlana Pejovic, MES (e: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; t: 00389-224-02773)
Dimitra Paschalidou, SPP (e: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; t: 0030-6972590438)
Klaudjia Koci, PPNEA (e: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


Editor’s notes

  1. The 2nd February (World Wetlands Day of the Ramsar Convention) has always been an important date for the Prespa Lakes: The Prespa Park was established on 2nd February 2000 with a joint Declaration by the Prime Ministers of the three countries. The ‘International Agreement for the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Prespa Park’ was signed on 2nd February 2010 by the three countries, who are sharing the rare ecosystem of Prespa Lakes, and the EU Commissioner for the Environment. This is in fact one of the most significant agreements for the comprehensive protection of a catchment basin and Ramsar wetland in Southeast Europe, aiming at the conservation of the natural environment and sustainable development of the region through a standing mechanism of transboundary cooperation.
  2. The PrespaNet is an environmental NGO network, founded on February 2013 and consists of MES (Macedonian Ecological Society) based in Skopje, SPP (the Society for the Protection of Prespa) based in Agios Germanos, Prespa, and PPNEA (Protection and Preservation of the Natural Environment in Albania) based in Tirana. 
  3. MedWet brings together 26 countries from around the Mediterranean since more than 20 years ago, with the aim of conserving wetlands and making a wise use of wetland services for people and nature.

     

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