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PONT | Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust

The Prespa Ohrid ecoregion is located at the heart of Balkans and covers parts of Albania, Greece and the Republic of North Macedonia. Regarded as one of the most ecologically valuable regions in Europe, the Prespa and Ohrid lakes are among Europe’s oldest. Their waters, surrounding mountains and the plants and animals that make 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 this region and its rich natural and cultural heritage by providing effective long-term funding support to the national parks and conservation organizations in the region.

The Region

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 “provide long-term financing for the conservation and sustainable management of biological diversity, natural processes and ecosystem services in the wider Prespa area for the benefit of nature and people in the region.”



A Trust Fund for Nature

As a conservation trust fund, PONT’s approach to conservation focuses on sustainable support and collaboration. With a focus on stable and long-term support, PONT aims to provide funding for the conservation of the Prespa Ohrid region 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, who continue to contribute in the development of the PONT’s work.

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