First Monitoring and Conservation Working Group Meeting of the Prespa Park GEF Project

The first meeting of the Prespa Monitoring and Conservation Working Group (MCWG) took place o­n October 18,2007 at the city of Pretor in the FYR of Macedonia. This working group has been established in the frame of the UNDP-GEF Prespa Park Project with the task to guide the development of a consensus based transboundary monitoring program for the Transboundary Prespa Park. The MCWG will also provide input to other transboundary components of the Project.

 During the first meeting, discussions focused o­n finalizing the terms of reference of the working group, o­n existing monitoring programmes already running in the transboundary area, and o­n a proposal for the development of the transboundary Monitoring System presented by the Society for the Protection of Prespa and Tour du Valat.

The MCWG consists of representatives from the governments, research institutions, the protected areas and NGOs from the three neighboring countries, the International Transboundary Advisor and  MedWet, which together with  the Ramsar Secretariat, have been instrumental in launching the Prespa Park initiative. MedWet was represented by its Interim Coordinator, Dr Dionyssia Hatzilacou.

The GEF Project’s overall objective is to catalyse the adoption of integrated ecosystem management (IEM) in the trans-boundary Prespa Lakes Basin to conserve globally significant biodiversity, mitigate pollution of the trans-boundary lakes, and provide a sustainable basis for the Basin’s further social and economic development.

(Source: MedWet)

Updated on 11/28/2007 11:42:29 AM.