Third meeting of the Transboundary Wetland Management Technical Group
11 Dec 2020
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. The meeting revolved around two main issues. Firstly, and very importantly, the group discussed the gradual shift of feeding and breeding habitats for certain waterbird species, as an effect of multiple factors including climate change and water level implications in both lakes. The SPP presented the situation based on the recent work of the LIFE Prespa Waterbirds project and drawing conclusions from the Society’s long-term monitoring of waterbird speciesand representatives from Galičica National Park, MES and PPNEA completed the depiction of the situation with corresponding data from the other two countries. The participants agreed that co-ordinating monitoring actions was imperative in this changing situation, for the protection of these species at a transboundary level.
In the second part of the meeting, the MBPNP and the SPP presented developments in wetland management as part of the LIFE Prespa Waterbirds project, also highlighting the impacts of factors such as reduced water level on management, as well as the effects of management itself. A presentation by the Transboundary Biosphere Reserve project included the preliminary outcomes of the revision of the Management Plan of the Albanian Prespa National Park and provided an insight into possible activities taking place over the next couple of years. A representative from the Municipality of Resen shared the plans of the municipal environment department for the management and monitoring activities to be implemented in Ezerani Nature Park, while MES also presented their plans for pilot actions in specific wetland habitats for the coming period. The positive outcome of this discussion on wetland habitat management was that the TWMTG agreed on exchanging information on the management of wetland habitats, beginning with the creation of a cloud-based “information hub”, where members will share between them all relevant studies as they are produced and implemented, updating all the group members and enabling discussions.