Prespa Park Agreement

11 Apr , 2021   David  

RECALLing bilateral agreements between the parties in the area of cooperation in environmental protection and sustainable development, it was announced today in a press release that a cross-border cooperation agreement had been signed on 29 March 2013 between three environmental NGOs from the three countries sharing the lakes of Prespa. Prespa Trilateral Park was first supported by the Ramsar Convention and inaugurated by the three presidents of the three participating countries on World Wetlands Day in 2000. Subsequently, the three environment ministers and the European Commissioner for the Environment signed a joint management agreement on World Wetlands Day 2010. Representatives of the following environmental NGOs – the Macedonian Ecological Society (MES), the Association for the Protection and Conservation of the Natural Environment in Albania (PPNEA) and the Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP) – met in the Greek village of Prespa Laimos to officially lay the groundwork for their environmental network. The Greek company Prespa was one of the first winners of the Ramsar Prize in 1999. Agreement on the protection and sustainable development of the Prespa Park areaThe environment ministries of the three states sharing the territory of the Lakes of Prespa and the European Union, referred to as “The Parties”, NOTE of the declaration of the prime ministers of the three states of 2 February 2000 on the creation of the Prespa park and the protection of the environment and the sustainable development of the Prespa-Seen and its surroundings, THE joint declaration by the Prime Ministers of the three states, who share the Prespa Lakes Basin in Pyli on November 27, 2009, CONSIDERING that the lakes of Prespa and their surrounding basins are a unique natural area, whose geoecological and ecological zone is the lakes of Prespa and their surrounding basin. , biodiversity and cultural importance is of international importance, as a vital habitat for the conservation of many rare and/or semineic animal and plant species, as a nesting site for endangered birds around the world and as a camp of important archaeological and traditional heritages, their common responsibility for the conservation of the Prespa Lakes ecosystem and its components, as well as for its natural beauty, as the basis for the economic and social well-being of their inhabitants and the creation of economic development opportunities (including agriculture, fishing and tourism) CONVAINC THAT only an integrated approach at the pelvic level will enable them to ensure and preserve biodiversity, the main functions and human benefits of the Prespa Lakes Basin. , aware that individual actions by countries are not enough to preserve Prespa`s ecosystems and cultural heritage, while improving the standard of living of their inhabitants. DE DÉSIRANT strengthen cooperation between relevant authorities and stakeholders in the three states to preserve and protect the unique ecological values of the Prespa Lakes watershed and to prevent and/or reverse the causes of habitat destruction; as requested by the Prime Minister in his statement of 2 February 2000, in the february 2, 2000 decision to review appropriate management methods for sustainable development and the protection of aquatic and freshwater ecosystems in the Lakes of Prespa, as stated by the Prime Minister in his statement of 2 February 2000.

In line with the requirements of the EU Framework Directive on Water 2000/60/EC and related directives, AWARE of the long history of human use of the site and the compatibility of traditional uses with Directive 2000/60 As part of the development of a common vision of sustainable water basin management and the promotion of cross-border cooperation and cross-border cooperation launched in 2009 between the relevant authorities and stakeholders, Economic and Monetary Union is part of the 2009 dialogue between the relevant authorities and stakeholders. , IN TAKE COMPTE of the relevant provisions of the international environmental instruments, to which they are parties or signatories, recalling the existing bilateral environmental protection cooperation agreements between the parties and the