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1 Integrated Management of Shared Lakes Basins Ohrid and Prespa Lake -Transboundary Cooperation- Mrs. Darinka Jantinska, Bilateral Cooperation Head of Division, Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, Regional Capacity Building Workshop16-18 July 2008, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia

2 Ohrid and Prespa WATERSHED AREA Natural and Cultural Heritage of Ohrid Region, UNESCO World Heritage mixt site - since 1979 nature Prespa Lake, potential Biosphere Rereserve - UNESCO MAB Ohrid and Prespa Starting point of Drin Basin

3 Ohrid Lake & Prespa Lake Landscape

4 Lake Ohrid Conservation Project First experience of cross-border protection and management of natural resources in the region. From 1998 to 2004, Lake Ohrid Conservation Project

5 Conservation of Ohrid Lake Joint Protocols for sampling and analysis and Joint Quality Assurance Protocol. State of Environment Report for Lake Ohrid and its watershed, By Project initiative, in June 2004, the Governments of two countries signed Agreement for joint protection and sustainable development of Lake Ohrid Watershed

6 Activities Local Offices in Albania and Macedonia Monitoring Program, National programs from both sides are in the phase of joint harmonization and new established Monitoring Teams Investments in non-governmental sector and establishing of Green centers contribute to public awareness in the watershed Program for small investments in pilot projects.

7 Joint Institutions & Documents since 2004 Joint Institutions Lake Ohrid Bilateral Watershed Committee Bilateral Secretariat Appointed members of Joint / Bilateral experts Working groups for: Fishing Legal framework legislation Preparation of the Lake Ohrid Watershed Management Plan

8 Joint Documents Joint Action Plan for the Watershed Part of the governmental policy, measures regarding future actions, basis for future projects, short-term measures in the field of reduction of pollution, measures for protection of habitats, bilateral cooperation.

9 The Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, within the frames of its programs, supported several activities in the Ohrid region: Support to NGOs Capacity building Protection of Sateska River Protection of trouths and support to Hydrobiological Institute Preparation of Regional Spatial Plan of Ohrid and Prespa Region Local contribution to the projects Governmental measures

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15 The development process and implementation of the Trans-boundary Prespa Park Initiative. Prespa Park INSTITUTIONS : PPCC since 2001 PPCC Secretariat 10 - PPCC Regular meetings, 2001 to 2007 First side meetings: water authorities and spatial planning contact group, 2006 JOINT PROJECT DOCUMENT Strategic Action Plan PDF A Project Document Integrated ecosystem management of the Prespa Lakes basin, Macedonia, Albania and Greece

16 Integrated ecosystem management of the Prespa Lakes basin, Macedonia, Albania and Greece Overall Goal of the Project Conservation and sustainable use of globally significant biological diversity and trans-boundary water resources of the Prespa Lakes Basin

17 HOW? Strengthening legal and regulatory frameworks and establishing land and water use management basis for maintaining and restoring ecosystem health in the Prespa Lakes Basin. Modifying productive sector resource management practices to reduce pesticide inputs, increase habitat heterogeneity, and improve the status of target species and communities within the national sectors of the Prespa Basin Strengthening the trans-boundary coordination mechanism and piloting trans-boundary conservation and water management Increasing public awareness and knowledge

18 Project products Integrated land-use spatial plan for MK-Prespa and Local Environmental Action Plan for AL-Prespa. Water Management Plan Forests Management Plans Trans-boundary Monitoring System Upgraded Information Management and Geographic Information System

19 Prespa project as a model Management of trans-boundary lakes worldwide Decentralized partnerships between national and local authorities in resource and ecosystem management Partnership between national and local governments, in addressing the priority needs identified in the strategic documents / programs / plans

20 The Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, within the frames of its programs, supported several activities in the Prespa region: Continuous financial support to the Public Communal Enterprise for maintenance and securing the Prespa Lake coast, especially the Reserve of Ezerani. Action for cleaning part of the beaches in the areas of Sirhan, Otesevo and Stenje, Provided communal waste containers and bins for the Municipality of Resen from the Program for Local Selfgovernment Support, September Forestation of parts of the area Dolgi Rid (25000 seedlings planted) from the Youth Awareness Raising Program, Preparation and printing of the Local Environmental Action Plan in Macedonian and English,

21 THANKS Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning,

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