Together with WWF Greece, the SPP proposed and promoted the idea of a transboundary Prespa Park, which was established in 2000, with a joint declaration by the prime ministers of the three states. In 2010 this collaboration was formalised by an international agreement signed by the three states, together with the EU Commissioner for the Environment, ushering in a new era for the park. In the intervening years, the SPP initiated and participated in many activities in order to help secure this co-operation, firmly believing that the only way of tackling both environmental issues and the sustainable development of the basin is through working together in a co-ordinated way for the benefit of all.
Furthermore, after collaborating closely with NGOs on the other sides of the basin for many years, in 2013 the SPP invited two partner organisations to join it in forming an environmental NGO network for Prespa – PrespaNet. Together, the SPP, the Protection and Preservation of the Natural Environment in Albania (PPNEA) and the Macedonian Ecological Society (MES) have worked collaboratively to strengthen conservation efforts in the region through this network.
The three partners produced the Transboundary Strategic Framework (TSF) for conservation in Prespa, which sets out what work needs to be done to protect the area’s precious natural heritage, and are currently working on projects aiming to support their efforts. The establishment of local offices on the other two sides of the basin has been a milestone achievement, securing closer co-operation between the three NGOs and creating more collaborative grounds with local communities. PrespaNet works closely with all authorities for the protected areas in the basin, towards ever closer co-operation and co-ordination between those responsible for the remarkable nature, landscape, and culture in Prespa.