The Prespa Park (PP), the first transboundary protected area in the Balkans, was established on 2 February 2000, World Wetlands Day, with a joint declaration by the Prime Ministers of Greece, Albania and FYROM, following a proposal from the Society for the Protection of Prespa and the WWF. Nine years later, the Prime Ministers of the three countries met in Prespa (27 November 2009) and agreed on the signing of a binding agreement for the protection and the sustainable development of the Prespa Park. Click here to see the Joint Statement of the Prime Ministers.
On the tenth anniversary of the Prespa Park, 2 February 2010, the three states and the European Union signed an international agreement, which strengthens the institutional operation of the park, ushering in a new era for the Prespa Transboundary Park. The SPP has supported the operation and activities of the park from its inception, believing transboundary collaboration to be the only way of tackling both the environmental problems and the economic development of the area. For ten consecutive years the SPP participated in the park’s operation as a member of the Prespa Park Coordination Committee (PPCC) while at the same time supported the operation of the PPCC secretariat. Under the new transboundary agreement the SPP will continue to participate in the operation of the Prespa Park as member of the Prespa Park Management Committee Moreover, under the transboundary cooperation ‘it carries out a variety of projects in collaboration with official bodies from the three countries.