PONT | Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust

The Prespa-Ohrid ecoregion is located at the heart of the Balkans and covers parts of Albania, Greece and North Macedonia. Regarded as one of the most ecologically valuable regions in Europe, the Prespa and Ohrid lakes are among Europe’s oldest. The lakes and their surrounding mountains, the plants, animals and the people that call this magnificent area home, are in desperate need of effective and long-term protection.

The Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust – PONT is a transboundary conservation trust fund dedicated to conserving the rich natural heritage of the Prespa-Ohrid region. We do this by providing effective long-term funding support to the parks and conservation organisations in the region. We are the only Conservation Trust Fund working in the Balkans.

The Region


 “Conserving nature for a sustainable future in the Prespa-Ohrid ecoregion through long-term partnerships and financing”


“The transboundary Prespa-Ohrid ecoregion is sustained as one of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots where people live and work in harmony with nature”



A Trust Fund for Nature

As a conservation trust fund, PONT’s approach focuses on action oriented conservation support. PONT aims to provide stable and long-term funding support for the conservation of the Prespa-Ohrid region and beyond and foster participation and collaboration among all stakeholders working on conservation management in the three countries.


PONT was established in 2015 with initial funding from the MAVA Foundation and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through KfW Development Bank, and supported by the technical expertise of WWF Greece and the Frankfurt Zoological Society.

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