Ongoing management activities in the wetland
23 Sep 2020
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. The SPP, the Municipality of Prespa and the stock-breeders, all under the co-ordination of the Management Body for the Prespa National Park, are co-operating on determining the areas for interventions, dividing the works, implementing the management actions, monitoring the cutting of vegetation, harvesting the cut material and also monitoring the effects on species and habitats.
This work is continuing into the autumn, and also being extended to the other lakeside areas, the management of which has been approved by the Board of Directors of the Management Body for the Prespa National Park, with the aim of creating wet meadows and protecting the bird colonies from fires. Along with the management of wet meadows, the amphibious cutting machine will be sued to create expanded fire zones in important parts of the wetland.
These firebreak zones could become important feeding grounds for waterbirds, since their deepest points remain flooded during periods of drought, as has happened for the past two years. These conditions are in line with the conclusions of the monitoring programme, which states "the lower the level of the lake, the more vital it becomes to increase the managed areas with aquatic macrophytes for waterbirds".