Upcoming Events

1. NP PELISTER IS SEEKING INVESTORS FOR PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP for "Great Meadow" and "Visitors center - Malovishte"

 

 

 

 

2. EARTH DAY

3. Dinaric Arc Parks conference began with endorsment of Big Win for Dinaric Arc

Dinaric Arc Parks conference began with endorsment of Big Win for Dinaric Arc

 
Endorsment of Big Win for Dinaric Arc
Representatives of the governments of eight countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia – have endorsed today a key agreement for the protection of the environment in Dinaric Arc Region. WWF, the global conservation organisation, organized this event with IUCN and Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro.

Today's agreement sees the Dinaric ARc countries formally commit to strengthen regional cooperation in conservation and sustainable development, and the establishment of trilateral transboundary protected areas between Albania, Kosovo*, Macedonia and Montenegro. The first two marine protected areas in Montenegro were also approved for creation. This agreement is increasing the 8 countries protected territory of  more than 13%  and is enforcing the creation of  2 new national parks, 10 protected  landscapes, and 3 marine protected areas.

The eight countries have committed to assess the economic value of their natural capital, while integrating nature conservation goals into economic development plans for fisheries, forestry, agriculture, energy, spatial planning, and cross-sectoral cooperation.

"The beautiful Dinaric ARc region in south-eastern Europe is rich in natural resources and has been identified by WWF as a place of global importance for its abundant biodiversity," said Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International. "WWF applauds all governments involved for their commitment to choose the long-term benefits associated with sustainable development over short-term economic gains."

The 8 countries commit to evaluate the contribution of protected areas to their own and the region's economy, and to draft sustainable financing schemes for protected areas. This will include plans to build sustainable tourism in these areas over the next five years.


“The nature knows no borders”, said Boris Erg, director of IUCN Programme office for South-Eastern Europe. “In this sence, this event is very important step to strenghten istitutional cooperation and creation of regional platform that will help harmonization of standards in nature protection. Strengthening regional cooperation of the competent institutions is the foundation of long-term protection of wildlife and the sustainable use of natural resources”.

"WWF is proud to have supported the Dinaric Arc countries in the development of a regional network of almost 80 protected areas, known as the Dinaric Arc parks network," said Paolo Lombardi, Director of WWF Mediterranean. "This transboundary cooperation in the field of nature protection is happening for the first time in this region, and should scale up the development of sustainable tourism in the region."

Dinaric Arc is the most water-rich area in the Mediterranean, and hosts the largest European virgin forest and healthy populations of large carnivores – including bear, lynx, wolf and golden jackal. The region also boasts the second deepest canyon in the world and is home to more than 5,000 unique species.

4. THE EUROPEAN DAY OF PARKS

EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS

"Pelistersko FLOWERS"

Author  Petar Stavrev

Thursday, May 23, 2013    at   12 pm

 

The Information Centre Pelister 

 

    

EUROPARC Federation currently represents some 400 members. These include protected areas, governmental departments, NGO's and businesses in 35 countries, who themselves manage the green jewels of Europe's land, sea, mountains, forests, rivers and cultural heritage. Nature knows no boundaries and we therefore facilitate international co-operation in all aspects of protected area management to further and improve and conserve our shared natural inheritance. We endeavour to exchange expertise, experience and best practise as well as to collaborate with others to ensure the value and meaning of protected areas is at the heart of Europe.

The Voice of Europe's Protected Areas

We represent some 400 members in 35 countries, who themselves manage the green jewels of Europe's land, sea, mountains, forests, rivers and cultural heritage. Nature knows no boundaries and we therefore facilitate international co-operation in all aspects of protected area management to further and improve and conserve our shared natural inheritance. We endeavor to exchange expertise, experience and best practice as well as collaborate with others to ensure the value and meaning of protected areas is at the heart of Europe.

In 2013, the Federation is celebrating its anniversary "40 years Working for Nature".

EUROPARC was founded in 1973 under the official title "Federation of Nature and National Parks of Europe", and has since grown to become the recognized, professional organization for European protected areas. An independent, non-governmental organization, its membership brings together the organizations responsible for the management of most of Europe's protected areas. Yet the Federation is also very much a network of people: those whose daily task is to take care of these special areas, and who combine forces within EUROPARC to achieve their common goals.

The key aims of the EUROPARC Federation are:

Promote good practice in the management of protected areas

Facilitate the establishment of new protected areas

Raise the profile of protected areas as a vital means of safeguarding many of the continent's most valuable natural heritage assets, and thereby to increase support for their future protection

Influence the future development of public policies and programmes, especially with the European Union, to the benefit of protected areas' objectives.

Working for the Protected Areas of Europe

Europe's protected areas - its national parks, nature parks, and biosphere reserves - play a vital role in safeguarding the continent's nature, its wildlife and landscapes. They protect Europe's most special places: relatively untouched landscapes, as well as those which have been shaped by centuries of man's interaction with the land. They offer refuge to the species and ecosystems which represent the very basis of future life. And they help to preserve the natural beauty of Europe in all its variety for us to experience and enjoy. They are our life-support system

Helping protected areas to fulfil this role, encouraging cooperation and exchange between protected area staff, and promoting their aims and work across Europe is the purpose of the EUROPARC Federation.

  

5. Network of national parks - Dinaric Arc

Project "National parks of Dinaric Arc" - about visit in Macedonia.


On Tuesday evening (19.09.2012) we came to Ohrid, met people from 2 national parks of Macedonia... Today we had a very good meeting with director of HOTAM, general associat

ions of hotels in Macedonia. They are very interested in cooperation with us, and the main idea of the meeting was that local community, business and protected areas should work together. Sustainibility in every sense :-)
The meeting in Agency for tourism promotion of Macedonia was GREAT!!! Director of Agency Jordan Trajkov is very enthusiastic with our project and he invited us to promote Parks Dinarides on the regional conference that he is organizing in April next year. There will be all the people in the region working with tourism, he wants to show Parks Dinarides as a case study and this is something that will be perfect for us.
 
 
 
Last not least, we met minister of environment of Macedonia, Mr. Abdilaqim Ademi! He listened to us presenting the project and offered to host the conference in 2013.
Macedonia, thank you for hospitality and beautiful food! A tip for all of you who don't know Macedonian restaurants - KAJ JARE - the best BBQ ever :-). Petra Boic Bolcic