New center to consider links between man and environment at Prespa, Greece

On 16 May 2005, the General Assembly of the Society for the Protection of Prespa approved a programme o­n an integrated approach to culture and nature in the Prespa Lakes Basin. This area of the Balkans, shared by Albania, Greece and the FYR of Macedonia includes a rich cultural and natural heritage and landscapes of unique beauty. The programme establishes the Prespa Centre for Nature and Anthropos (PCNA) to undertake research, action and communication o­n the interface between human activities and the natural environment.

Its headquarters will be in a traditional three-storey building in the village of Lemos in Greek Prespa and its first activities will include:

– Research o­n the land use and habitation patterns in Prespa during the 19th and 20th centuries
– Development of an information management platform, web-based, and digitisation of data
– Research o­n the cultural heritage of Prespa and strategy for its conservation
– Conservation of traditional fishing methods and boat construction.
– Study and promotion of local products in Prespa gastronomy.

Already some of these activities have started and the PCNA will be fully operational by the end of 2005.

Source: website of the Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (Med-INA)

Updated on 8/26/2005 5:13:33 PM.