Prespa National Park has been listed in the European Wilderness register as a  potential member of the European Wilderness Network.

Prespa National Park and its famous Greater and Lesser Lake are located in the south-eastern part of Albania at 860 meters above sea level and surrounded by mountains, having a great values and significance due to its biodiversity, rare and endemic species.

Prespa region is well known for its natural beauty and its high biodiversity with unique characteristics. It hosts more than 1,200 species of plants, 30 species of mammals, 220 of birds, 32 reptiles and amphibians, and 23 species of fish including a number of species found only here. The mountains are one of the last European homes of brown bears, wolves, chamois and wild boar whilst the lake host breeding colonies of Dalmatian and White Pelicans as well as pygmy cormorants.

National Park Prespa is an important element of the first transboundary protected area at the south western part of the Balkans, i.e. Prespa Park shared between Albania, Greece and Macedonia. We see this also as a  potential for inviting Greece and Macedonia to join the European Wilderness Network and contribute with their piece of wilderness to this unique Europe wide network.

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Vlado Vancura is the Deputy Chairman and Director of wilderness of the European Wilderness Society and is based in Liptovsky Hradok, Slovakia.

4 Comments

  1. I’m so glad I see next country joining this wonderful project. Only by joining together and holding tight, the wilderness lovers and supporters can success in protecting natural environments.

  2. Yes, you are absolutely right! Network of wilderness protected areas is firstly about mutual partnership and trust to protect our wilderness heritage! It is wonderful to see growing interest about this subject throughout the Europe!

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