Summer birds in Prespa - what to look out for and where to find them
Prespa has lots to offer for anyone interested in birds and their behaviour. Everyone from the complete beginner to the dedicated ornithologist will find bird-watching experiences to suit their taste.
JOB OPENING: Communications and Awareness-raising Officer
30 July 2014
The environmental NGO ‘The Society for the Protection of Prespa’ seeks a full-time Communications and Awareness-raising Officer for the co-ordination of a wide range of communication activities targeting multiple target audiences at local, transboundary and international level (i.e. local communities in transboundary Prespa, visitors, partners). The position is part of the Communications Department of the SPP, based in Laimos, Prespa.
Deadline for applications: 05/09/14
Prespa’s 10 best-kept summer secrets!
Exploring Prespa is an invitation to the senses. Beyond the first impressions of gorgeous scenery and peaceful calm, lie countless hidden pleasures just waiting to be discovered by those in the know.
30 May 2014
Click here to see the May newsletter of the Society for the Protection of Prespa with the latest news of Prespa.
The Society for the Protection of Prespa is the “Best of the Best” once again!
Press release, Tuesday 15 April 2014
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 re-introduction of animal husbandry as a conservation measure for the Grecian juniper woods of Prespa
Press release, Friday 21 March 2014
The importance of the Grecian Juniper Woods (GJWs) and the role of animal husbandry as a management tool for their conservation was the central issue of a meeting held on Thursday, 20th March at the old Town Hall in the Prespa village of Laimos.
Prespa Park: at the crossroads of sustainability
Press release, Friday 31 January 2014
World Wetlands Day, 2nd February 2014, and four challenges for the future of Prespa. Prespa is a Wetland of International Importance in all of the three countries which share the lakes and an area of global scientific importance.
For this school year, Nature Club will explore the Prespa villages!
30 October 2013
Nature Club has resumed for the children of Prespa in the new academic year. This year it will be dedicated to all of the Prespa villages, with the children discovering Prespa and its secrets through a different topic in a different village each session.
Albanian part of Prespa designated as a Ramsar site
2 August 2013
A positive piece of news: on 13 June, the Albanian part of Prespa became part of the long list of Wetlands of International Importance of the Ramsar Convention . This convention, signed in 1971, provides the framework for conservation and wise use of wetlands, and refers to thousands of wetland sites all around the world.
The very first nationwide Pelican Census in Greece!
Press release, Wednesday 3 July 2013
The first nationwide Pelican Census was successfully held this spring in thirty wetlands throughout the country. This action was an initiative of the Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP) and the Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS) and involved a national census of the two species of pelicans which breed in Greece.
World Environment Day 2013
5 June 2013
The need for integrated environmental protection is highlighted by the whereabouts of the satellite tagged Dalmatian pelican "Odysseus".
Signing of an Agreement of Cooperation for Prespa Net – a Network of Environmental NGOs for Prespa
Press release, Wednesday 3 April 2013
Striving to enhance the natural values of the Prespa region, for biodiversity and people, through joint actions across borders.
“Crafted by time”, a documentary about Prespa by Vangelis Efthymiou, is in the 15th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
Press release, Friday 8 March 2013
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.
Prespa Park 2000-2013: time to take new initiatives
Press release, Friday 1 February 2013
If birds and fish can cross borders, why are decisions in the transboundary Prespa Park still made separately by each of its 3 countries?
Share with us the beauties of world’s wetlands!
For World Wetlands Day on 2nd February we’re collecting photos of wetlands from all over the world, to then share them with the children of Prespa.
How can you share your photo? Post it* on our Facebook page or send it to
before 2nd of February. Leave everything else to us.
* The photos should be from your personal archive, but can show wetlands from anywhere in the world. By sending them you grant the Society for the Protection of Prespa the right to use them solely for the purposes of this activity
Manual for the protection of fish and fisheries in Prespa
Press release, 10 December 2012
The latest publication from the Society for the Protection of Prespa entitled "Saving fish biodiversity in the Prespa basin", which came about under the LIFE+ Information & Communication project "Fish, Fisheries and European Policy in the Prespa Basin", includes subjects such as the ecology of the fish species found in Prespa and the threats they face, the features of local fisheries and the problems fishermen encounter, what is and isn’t provided for under national and European legislation for fish and fisheries, the cross-border aspect of the issue and proposals for sustainable management.
Working meeting on hydrology and water-quality
30 November 2012
In 29th and 30th November, a symposium on current and state-of-the-art research on water quality of Prespa lakes was organized by the Society for the Protection of Prespa.
SPP in Landelijke Tag 2012
24 November 2012
For the first time the Society for the Protection of Prespa participated in the Landelijke Dag that was organized on Saturday 24 November 2012, at the premises of the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands.
The stories of the Greylag Geese in Prespa
The Greylag Geese population in Prespa is of high importance for Greece as it is the sole, viable breeding population of any goose species in the country. It is also of international importance since it is the southernmost population of this species in Europe and one of the few resident populations in the world.
9th October 2012: The thrilling journey of migration!
Press release, Tuesday 9 October 2012
On Saturday 6th October 2012 we took part in EuroBirdwatch – a series of events celebrating bird migration, which take place on the first weekend in October every year in over 30 countries in Europe and Central Asia. The events are an initiative of the global partnership BirdLife International, working in cooperation with the Hellenic Ornithological Society in Greece.
The winner of the Thiess International Riverprize is finally announced
Tuesday 9 October 2012
Congratulations to the Willamette River and the Meyer Memorial Trust from USA for winning the Thiess International RiverPrize!
We would like to thank the International River Foundation for giving us the opportunity to participate in such an important contest and enabling us to shine the spotlight on Prespa at the international level.
Only Greece is now delaying implementation of the International Prespa Park Agreement
Press release, Thursday 9 August 2012
On 23rd July 2012, the Parliament of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia approved – with no negative votes- the draft law on the ratification of the International Agreement on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Prespa Park, which had been signed by Greece, Albania, the FYR of Macedonia and the European Commission on 2 February 2010.
The cooperation of the countries of SE Europe is imperative for the protection of the pelicans
The need for cooperation and networking between the experts who work in pelican and research conservation in the countries where the species breed, overwinter or migrate was one of the main conclusions of the 1st Workshop on Pelican Research and Conservation in SE Europe.
Award ceremony honours Arne Strid for his contribution to the study of Hellenic flora
The European Dry Grassland Group held the 9th European Dry Grassland Meeting in Prespa, from 19th – 23rd May. During the meeting the Hellenic Range and Pasture Society held an award ceremony for the internationally renowned Swedish botanical scientist, Arne Strid, Professor Emeritus of Botany at the University of Copenhagen, acknowledging his contribution to the study of Hellenic flora.
Transboundary Prespa puts fish and fisheries centre stage
Press release, Tuesday 8 May 2012
A meeting on the subject of ‘Fish and Fisheries’ was held on Friday 4th May at the Pyli Information Centre in Greece run by the Prespa National Park Management Body; the meeting was attended by organisations from transboundary Prespa, including municipalities, fishery authorities, national parks, fishery co-operatives, scientists and environmental organisations.
1st WORKSHOP ON PELICAN RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION IN SE EUROPE
1-2 May 2012, Prespa, Greece
Regarding the two species of pelicans breeding in Europe, the Dalmatian and the Great White pelican, exchange of information, synergies and collaboration between pelican specialists and conservationists in SE Europe does not seem to be in a satisfactory level. For that reason the Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP) is organizing the 1st workshop on pelican research and conservation in South East Europe.
For more information please click here.
Vodafone World of Difference programme
Vangelis Tziritis, winner of the Vodafone ‘World of Difference’ programme, has taken the position of Environmental Advisor for a year at the Society for the Protection of Prespa.
Symposium on Water and Wetlands in the Mediterranean (Agadir, Morocco)
The International Symposium for Water and Wetlands in the Mediterranean took place in Agadir, Morocco on 6-8 February 2012. This Symposium came 20 years after the Grado Conference which led to the establishment of MedWet (Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative). The Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP) participated with a poster presenting the milestones of 20 years of conservation work in the Prespa Park wetlands.
Please click here to see the SPP’s poster.
The Society for the Protection of Prespa is celebrating World Wetlands Day with events in Thessaloniki and across the borders in Prespa
Press release, Friday 3 February 2012
At the centre of this year’s events for World Wetlands Day organised by the Society for the Protection of Prespa are Prespa’s fisheries and rare fish species.
Environmental organisations denounce out-of-control illegal hunting in the Prespa National Park
Press release, Monday 23 January 2012
Uncontrolled illegal hunting in the Prespa National Park has exceeded all limits and is no longer a case of a few isolated instances but a regular and systematic occurrence. The latest incident happened on 18th January, when a Warden from the Prespa National Park Management Body, together with a Forestry Warden, found a large group of hunters in the Park.
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
Press release, Thursday 6 October 2011
On Tuesday 4th October the final approval of the ‘International Agreement for the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Prespa Park’ by the EU Council of Ministers was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (EU).
“We don’t throw rubbish in our lakes…”
…says Kostas Paraskevopoulos, local fisherman and protagonist of the TV infomercial currently showing on Greek television as part of the LIFE+ Information and Communication Programme.
How many plant species make up the flora of Greece?
Although Greece is one of the most important biodiversity hot-spots in Europe, unfortunately this question still cannot be answered with any accuracy, rather only approximately.
Get to know the unique Prespa' s fish
At www.spp.gr/life_prespafish you can learn all about the unique fish fauna of Prespa, the threats that it faces and what has to be done for its protection.
Learn all you need to know about keeping the treasures of the lakes safe from harm
Press release, Friday 15 April 2011
With the core message – “Learn all you need to know about keeping the treasures of the lakes safe from harm” – the exhibition was launched on Friday 15th April.
Ratification of International Agreement for the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Prespa Park still pending one year after
Press release, Wednesday 2nd of February 2011
One year ago, on World Wetlands Day, 2 February 2010, the three countries sharing the valuable ecosystem of the Prespa basin, Albania, Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM), together with the European Commissioner for Environment, signed an ‘International Agreement for the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Prespa Park’.
Grass-lands as bat-lands: evidence from Mount Varnous
Uploaded Monday 18th October / Bulletin 8, European Dry Grassland Group
Read the related article in the bulletin of the European Dry Grassland Group (EDGG).
Click here to see the article
For more information you can visit the EDGG's website.
Prespes: An ecosystem that still resists
Press release, Friday 21st of May 2010
At the same time that the U.N. is warning about the major species loss rate, which is 100 times more than the expected one, and that nowadays our planet “looses” 3 species per hour, at the southwestern part of the Balkan Peninsula, protected inside the mountains that surround it, among Greece, Albania and FYROM, one of the most important ecosystems still defends itself conserving unique forms of life and habitats. The ecosystem of Prespa!
The three countries and the European Commission commit to cooperate for the protection and the sustainable development of the Prespa Basin
Press release, Tuesday 2nd of February 2010
With satisfaction and positive view of the future, the Municipality of Prespa, the Society for the Protection of Prespa and the Prespa National Forest Management Body salute the signing of the international agreement among the Ministries of Environment of the three countries sharing the Prespa Basin and the European Commission, on February 2nd 2010.