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Are you an adventurous undergraduate or post-graduate student searching for new experiences of learning and investing in field research? Save the dates of 26th-30th August and apply for the Transboundary Summer School 2024, in Prespa National Park, Albania! Led by PPNEA and actively supported by MES from North Macedonia and SPP from Greece, this Summer School promises a unique, synergetic experience, sharing knowledge from all three sides of the Prespa’s basin. Let's...

The Society for the Protection of Prespa had the pleasure of participating in two conferences beyond Greek borders in April, with the central theme being the conservation and restoration of rivers, traveling to the Netherlands and Wales, filling with new knowledge and experiences. We are grateful to be able to convey what we saw and learned back to Prespa. Initially, we attended the Free Flow Conference in Groningen, which encompassed a...

The watermill of Agios Germanos opens its doors once again and welcomes visitors to a journey into tradition starting from Monday, April 29th. Considering the enormous interest from visitors in the Prespa region, we are excited to announce that we decided to open the watermill exhibition! Join us our opening hours on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:00 to 16:00. For the latest updates or schedule changes, feel free to check our website...

This year’s trip to fit transmitters on Dalmatian pelicans at Lake Kerkini before the breeding season gets underway was successfully carried out as planned! The SPP team placed transmitters on nine of these magnificent wild birds, enabling us to learn more about their movements and the risks they face over their lifetime. This activity was carried out with the support of the Kerkini Branch of the Management Unit for the...

The Prespa wetlands are globally recognized for their contribution to biodiversity, providing a suitable 'home' for many flora and fauna species. At the same time, they play a significant role in the well-being of the residents. But what do Prespa wetlands mean for children? What elements do they identify, and to which of these do they attribute a crucial role? Through their paintings, the students at the Primary School of Agios Germanos...

The Municipality of Prespa has once again ensured a certified company has collected Prespa’s empty agrochemical containers, ensuring their safe transportation and disposal. Although this is a costly process due to our distance from the recycling centre, it is essential for protecting Prespa's surface and groundwaters from the toxic contents of this packaging. Αs part of the 'Prespa's Green and Blue LifeLines' project, the SPP has donated 14 special new bins...

An incredibly rare winter visitor has been spotted in Prespa for the first time! The red-breasted goose (Branta ruficollis) is one of the smallest wild geese in the world. The features of this goose are the contrasts of black and white in its plumage, and the chestnut-crimson shades on the lower part of its neck, abdomen, and cheeks. Its presence in Prespa caused quite a stir, as this species is usually found...

It’s not even the end of January and the first 40 Dalmatian pelicans have already shown up in Prespa and valiantly built their nests amidst the winter snows! As we’ve seen in recent years, these iconic birds are arriving here earlier and earlier due to the mild winters, a result of climate change. Let’s give our brave pelicans a helping hand - by not fishing too close to the colonies and disturbing...

The co-signatory 19 Environmental Organizations express our complete opposition to the proposal announced today by the European Commission to degrade the wolf's protection status under the Bern Convention and we call on the Greek government to proceed to its rejection during the Council of Environment Ministers that will be held. A few days ago, we joined with almost 300 European organizations, who addressed a new open letter to the EC President,...

Last week the SPP team visited the pelican colony of Lake Cheimaditis up close for the first time ever! We set out by boat to see what the characteristics and quality of the colony nests were. Access to the pelican colonies here is tricky, however, because they are located in remote areas that are well protected by dense vegetation, so a good knowledge of the area and the appropriate equipment were...

The Society for the Protection of Prespa joined in the final workshop of the project MediterRE3 “REstoring REsilience of Mediterranean landscapes to REduce GHG emissions from wildfires” and a meeting of the partners of the Medforval network from 02 – 05 October, held in Luberon, France. The project meeting included a detailed presentation of the important biodiversity of the Luberon Regional Park, host to 30% of the country’s flora and the...

From 26th to 28th September the Society for the Protection of Prespa took part in the 5th European Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change: Riverine and Coastal Wetlands, held in Bonn, Germany. The programme was filled with inspiring talks, exciting discussions, engaging workshops and presentations from experts, policy makers and scientists. We explored how nature-based solutions for wetland and river restoration can both benefit biodiversity and help combat climate change. We...

PrespaNet, a network of environmental NGOs dedicated to the preservation of the natural and cultural heritage of the transboundary Prespa Lakes Basin, is proud to be passing its 10th anniversary this year! Founded in 2013 by three organisations with a rich history of environmental stewardship in the region – the Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP), the Macedonian Ecological Society (MES), and Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in...

Our research on the landscapes of Prespa, in collaboration with the Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anrthropos (MedINA), is coming to an end. Our report Landscape Study of the Municipality of Prespa which is part of the project “Landscape Public Participation Tools – LPPT” presents an approach on landscape management of Prespa’s landscapes integrating public participation procedures. The research lasted for 2 years and included the following steps: 1. We recognized the...

The rivers and streams of Prespa are an integral part of the region, as they are inextricably linked to the activities and life of the locals, while they demonstrate an important element for visitors of the area. How are they affected by the climate crisis? What are the problems they face and which is their influence on humans? These are only two questions of the research conducted by the Society for the...

Η αξία του τοπίου της Πρέσπας αναγνωρίζεται τόσο από τους κατοίκους όσο και από τους επισκέπτες της περιοχής, και αναδεικνύεται σε πολλά κείμενα πολιτικής. Η εικόνα των λιμνών, του Αγ. Αχιλλείου και των βουνών που περιβάλλουν τις λίμνες είναι κατά γενική ομολογία εμβληματική. Ποια είναι όμως τα χαρακτηριστικά αυτών των τοπίων και πώς διαμορφώθηκαν; Ποιοι παράγοντες επηρέασαν την εξέλιξή τους; Ποια είναι η διαχείρισή τους και ποιες πολιτικές τα επηρεάζουν...

Biodiversity and Conservation Transboundary Educational Field Monitoring Experience 07th – 12th August 2023, Stenje, North Macedonia - Application Deadline: Sunday, 16 July 2023 Macedonian Ecological Society (MES) in collaboration with its PrespaNet partners PPNEA (Protection and Preservation of the Natural Environment in Albania), and Society for Protection of Prespa (SPP from Greece), will organize the network’s 5th transboundary summer school titled “PRESPAnning”, which will take place between 07-12 August 2023. The summer school...

Η  Εταιρία Προστασίας Πρεσπών αναζητά δυο (2) Βοτανικούς Πεδίου για τη συλλογή χλωριδικών δεδομένων από την περιοχή του όρους Σφήκα (Τρικλάριο) κατά τη διάρκεια του Ιουνίου 2023. Σκοπός της δράσης είναι η ενίσχυση της βάσης δεδομένων Flora Prespae Database με νέα δεδομένα πεδίου από περιοχές του Εθνικού Πάρκου Πρεσπών και των γειτονικών σε αυτό περιοχών (GR1340009 & GR1340010). Παράλληλα, στόχος είναι και η περαιτέρω ανάπτυξη της συλλογής φυτικών δειγμάτων του SPP Herbarium, ενός...

International recognition for the work of SPP and its partners on water governance in the transboundary Prespa Park The persistent and systematic work of the Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP) over the last two decades, advocating for the establishment and operation of an interstate cross-border collaboration scheme in the Prespa basin, with special emphasis on joint water management, has recently been recognised by the global community organised under the...