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Collective decisions on the management of Prespa’s wetlands

26 Feb 2021

Collective decisions on the management of Prespa’s wetlands

On 26th February the annual Wetland Management Committee (WMC) meeting was held; the WMC is an advisory committee which functions under the Management Body for the Prespa National Park (MBPNP). At this year’s meeting, the 14th such event, subjects such as wetland vegetation management, the fluctuation of the water level in Lesser Prespa Lake and developments in the waterbird populations were discussed, as well as other issues related to fisheries, such as the dates of the closed season for 2021.

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The first pelican chicks of the year have hatched, but is this good or bad news?

17 Feb 2021

The first pelican chicks of the year have hatched, but is this good or bad news?

November and December of 2020 saw some of the highest temperatures recorded in Greece in the last century, and pelicans across the country were lulled into a false sense of security! In Messolonghi, Karla and Prespa the first eggs hatched earlier than in any previous year.

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The Presplorers present their movie “People and naiads – myths and facts”

02 Feb 2021

The Presplorers present their movie “People and naiads – myths and facts”

To celebrate World Wetlands Day, which is dedicated to water this year, and the interplay between this vital resource and wetlands, we invite you to watch “People and naiads – myths and facts”, a video created by the young people of Prespa.

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The project’s target species in the midwinter counts of waterbirds

22 Jan 2021

The project’s target species in the midwinter counts of waterbirds

On January, like every year in Lesser and Great Prespa, the midwinter bird counts took place. The midwinter counts occur simultaneously all over Europe and in Greece they are organized by the Hellenic Ornithological Society with the cooperation of many bodies and organizations, and hundreds of volunteers.

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Third meeting of the Transboundary Wetland Management Technical Group

11 Dec 2020

Third meeting of the Transboundary Wetland Management Technical Group

On 10th December, the 3rd meeting of the Transboundary Wetland Management Technical Group (TWMTG) took place online with 18 representatives from the protected area authorities and NGOs of the three countries. 

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This year’s monitoring of waterbird populations has been completed

23 Oct 2020

This year’s monitoring of waterbird populations has been completed

The picture for great white and Dalmatian pelicans looks good for 2020. Pelicans only very occasionally use their nesting islets at this time of year, so we took the opportunity to go and record their condition, and also see how many chicks didn’t survive this year.

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Presplorers record changes in the lakeshore

30 Sep 2020

Presplorers record changes in the lakeshore

The Presplorers set out in late September to record changes of the shore in Lesser Prespa that we had visited again at the beginning of spring.

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Ongoing management activities in the wetland

23 Sep 2020

Ongoing management activities in the wetland

In July, local stock-breeders joined their forces once again with the LIFE Prespa Waterbirds team and began wetland management activities, which have almost been completed in some of the most important areas of the wetland, such as Opaya, Slatina Plateos, and Mikros Kampos.

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Electric fencing placed in areas of Opagia and Slatina Plateos

02 Sep 2020

Electric fencing placed in areas of Opagia and Slatina Plateos

As part of work to conserve wet meadows, as well as pilot actions for the prevention of damage by wild boar, solar-powered electric fencing was placed along areas of Opagia and Slatina Plateos during the summer of 2020. 

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Learning about

04 Aug 2020

Learning about

With the endeavour to deliver the Prespa region’s first transboundary virtual summer school for students from the three countries sharing the Prespa lakes having come to an end, we cannot help being delighted with the results and grateful for the co-operative spirit in which this summer school on wetland management and monitoring was organised and delivered.

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