Cultural Heritage / Related projects

The Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP) was established in 1991 by two visionaries, Dr Luc Hoffman and Thymios Papayannis, who wanted to create an organisation that would work collaboratively to protect Prespa's remarkable nature and culture, through scientific principles and dialogue, ensuring that all those who strived for the conservation of this incredible and biodiverse corner of SE Europe spoke with a single and effective voice. Many partners and...

Up until the middle of the 20th century Prespa was more densely populated than it is today and there were once many mills in Prespa, particularly in the eastern part of the basin which has a number of small rivers and streams. The Agios Germanos watermill, built in 1930, is one of the few mills in the area to have survived almost completely intact and the original building included a...

The project entitled "Enhancing the cultural touristic product of the transboundary area of Prespa through the promotion of the natural and cultural heritage", or “Holy Water” for short, was an attempt to comprehensively approach tourism development in the transboundary area of Prespa through the promotion of cultural and environmental values. The project partners (Municipality of Prespa, Municipality of Resen, Ephorate of Antiquities of Florina, Bitola Museum and the Society for...

The Prespa Centre for Nature and Anthropos (PCNA) was founded in 2004 as a distinct part of the Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP). In essence it is a centre for all the documentation about the natural and cultural heritage of the entire Prespa basin. The PCNA’s mission is twofold: on the one hand, to bring together, archive and make available to the public the total body of knowledge...

In a nutshell, this project addresses a large proportion of the programme of the Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP) for the overall conservation and protection of Greek and transboundary Prespa, as foreseen in the organisation’s Strategic Framework for the period 2023-2027, as well as support for core administrative and managerial work. These efforts aim to contribute to achieving the long-term goals set out in the previous strategic framework,...

The remains of the lakeshore church of Agia Anna were discovered by local people, following a fall in the water level of Lesser Prespa Lake. The Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP) moved, through collaboration with the Ephorate of Byzantine Monuments of Kastoria, to ensure the basic restoration of the Byzantine church dedicated to Saint Anna, which was carried out by the Ephorate, protecting the remains from further deterioration. Funded...

Prespa’s local authorities, farmers, schools, sports-cultural associations and other local bodies joined forces to implement a major project (2018-2023) that set out to create an innovative model for the development of the country's protected areas. The core of the ambitious multi-partner PoliPrespa project was the parallel strengthening of Prespa’s social and institutional capital and the sustainable utilisation of the region's valuable natural and cultural resources, incorporating environmental values in productive...