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It's World Wetlands Day today, and exactly 23 years ago the prime ministers of the 3 littoral states established the transboundary Prespa Park, following a proposal of the Society for the Protection of Prespa and WWF Greece. It took a great deal of time and effort, but just before this year’s anniversary of the Prespa Park, on Tuesday 31st January, the environmental organisations that have consistently and patiently asked and, more...

Wetland & degradation The wetlands of the Prespa basin have long been recognised as providing refuge to important biodiversity, while also playing a central role in the well-being of the local communities that have evolved around them over the centuries. Nonetheless, both lakes are not impervious to human-induced pressures, including climate change, which has been leading to increasing degradation of their wetlands in recent years. Long-term drought events, reduced precipitation and...

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...

Last week the Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP) successfully carried out a planned Dalmatian pelican trapping session, this time at Lake Kerkini! A total of 12 Dalmatian pelicans are now carrying satellite transmitters, thanks to which we will be able to know their movements in great detail. At the same time, genetic samples (blood, feathers, etc.) were taken in order to investigate the vulnerability of the species to avian...

Η Εταιρία Προστασίας Πρεσπών επιθυμεί να καλύψει θέση στον Τομέα Έρευνας, Προστασίας και Διαχείρισης Φυσικού Περιβάλλοντος με σύμβαση εργασίας πλήρους απασχόλησης και τόπο εργασίας στα γραφεία της στο Λαιμό Πρεσπών. Βρείτε περισσότερες πληροφορίες εδώ...

In 2017, the Turkish Government ratified Lake Marmara as a wetland of national importance. It is globally recognised as one of the 305 Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) and 184 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Turkey. In addition, the lake also meets the criteria to become a wetland of international importance, also known as Ramsar Site. Today, there is no water in this lake. Most of the wetland has been converted to...

On Wednesday, 31st August 2022, almost two years to the day after a previous such accident (https://bit.ly/3cBfOc4 , only in Greek), the ‘Management Unit of Prespes National Park and Protected Areas of Western Macedonia’ and the Society of the Protection of Prespa (SPP) were called to the scene of another great white pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) death, under turbine Nº 31 at the wind farm on Anthovouni, Mount Varnous. The Forestry Management...

The Avian Influenza (AI) wave of 2022 had an unprecedented biological impact on wild birds throughout Europe and caused mass mortality in Dalmatian pelicans (DP) in most of their southeastern European breeding range. However, the effect on the Lesser (Mikri) Prespa Lake colony, NW Greece, the world’s largest colony of the species, was particularly devastating. By the end of April 2022, 1,734 DPs had died, corresponding to ca 58%-67% of...

“Monitoring and management for conservation in Prespa” 11th – 16th September 2022, Prespa National Park, Albania Application Deadline: Wednesday, 24th August 2022 In collaboration with its PrespaNet partners the Macedonian Ecological Society (MES), and the Society for Protection of Prespa (SPP), PPNEA will organise a transboundary summer school entitled “Monitoring and management for conservation in Prespa”, which will be held on 11th – 16th September 2022. The summer school will include theoretical sessions and...

Collaboration between all the states and bodies that share the Prespa lakes basin has always been a key long-term strategic goal of the Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP). Without this it is difficult for any one side alone to achieve the effective protection of the natural ecosystem and biodiversity, the effective management of common resources, particularly water, and the sustainable well-being of local communities. The more specific goal...

Public concern for landscapes that are rapidly changing around us due to developments in crucial sectors such as agriculture and energy has been answered by the Council of Europe through the European Landscape Convention. In our country, however, who is engaged in the discussion for landscape management and in which way? What are the policies that affect the landscape? How do we conceive the landscape that we experience on a...

23rd June 2022 is a historic day for Prespa, with the long-anticipated inaugural meetings of the Prespa Park Management Committee and the Working Group on Water Management taking place in the Pyli Information Centre by the shores of Lesser Prespa Lake in Greece. Representatives from the European Commission, the three states sharing the Prespa lakes, local authorities, NGOs and management bodies for the protected areas lying within the Prespa Park,...

Two more removal operations of dead pelicans were carried out this week at Prespa National Park. On April 11 and today, April 15, a total of 277 Dalmatian pelican (DP) carcasses were collected from Lesser Prespa Lake’s colonies and roosting sites. Likewise in the previous operations, the carcasses were transported to a fixed-facility incinerator, that appropriately handles such infectious waste. 1,420 DP carcasses have been collected so far at Prespa,...

The avian flu continues to kill Dalmatian pelicans (DP) in Prespa, charting a destructive course through the rest of Greece’s pelican colonies too. The situation is unprecedented in terms of its scale and duration and the impact to DPs is devastating. Another 200 DPs were recorded dead in a week’s time at Lesser Prespa Lake and a new operation is now set up to remove the additional carcasses. Already 1,143...

Through its valuable network of collaborators and friends, the SPP has managed to document the development of the severe avian influenza outbreak across wetlands of northern Greece. The tragic death toll has risen to a total of 1,861 Dalmatian pelicans (DP) and 5 great white pelicans in a total of 12 wetlands in northern Greece. The Prespa colony accounts for 76% of the DP deaths (1,413 individuals). Another 15% (283...

The avian influenza outbreak in the Dalmatian pelican colony of Lesser Prespa Lake shows signs of slowing down, as temperatures rise, still it has led to 1,300 pelican deaths so far. 1,143 carcasses of Dalmatian pelicans were removed from the lake in a demanding operation that lasted one week and has almost been completed. The sight of so many dead pelicans in full breeding plumage is striking and very sad. Yet,...

Herewith we would like to inform you about the development of the avian influenza outbreak in the Dalmatian pelican colony of Lesser Prespa Lake. The number of deaths is sadly still increasing, but efforts to collect the carcasses commenced this week, and thus it is expected that with the reduction of the viral load on the colony, the spread of infection to other pelicans will be reduced. According to the last...

An avian influenza outbreak is currently in progress at the Prespa National Park, in the Lesser Prespa Lake Dalmatian pelican (DP) colony, severely affecting the DP population. Mass mortality events started about a week after the first DPs had arrived in Prespa from their wintering grounds in NE Greece and W Turkey. The first 11 deaths of adult DPs in full breeding plumage were recorded on 17/02. The number increased to...