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PONT enables protected areas in the Wider Prespa Area to develop and implement their management plans to conserve the environment through sustainable co-financing of operational costs. PONT supports the development and use of standard operational planning and reporting systems for the implementation of proprietary protected area programmes. Standardised biodiversity monitoring systems must be developed in which data collection, data analysis and habitat management are implemented, with an efficient division of what can be done by the protected area staff themselves, local people and what to outsource to third parties. Enabling the protected area staff to increasingly use scientific data in managing the area must be included in the third-party contracts. The inclusion of minimum Natura 2000 requirements will garner importance in the coming years.

National Agency of Protected Areas (NAPA) for Prespa National ParkAlbaniaThe grant focuses mainly on the requirement of additional manpower to implement priority conservation actions as outlined in the park management plan. A mid-term review of the current park management plan (2014-2023) will establish a timetable that will inform the preparation of the future annual operational plans.
Public Institution Pelister NP (PIPNP) for Pelister National ParkNorth MacedoniaWith this grant a new management plan for Pelister National Park is developed. For the additional included territory in 2007 an inventory of all species and habitats and birds and endemic and rare species is needed. The draft study for revalorisation to provide scientific evidence for the policies and management actions to be defined in the management plan was finalised including the management zoning.
Resen Municipality for Lake Prespa Monument of Nature & Ezerani Nature ParkNorth MacedoniaThe grant supports the approval of the management plan and the implementation of priority activities derived from the management plan. This includes the monitoring of target habitats and species according to national legislation and EU birds and habitats directive (Natura 2000).
Public Institution Galicica National Park (PIGNP) for Galicica National ParkNorth MacedoniaImplementation of the 4 programmes of the current management plan to reflect the shift from operations related to firewood production to standard operations of a protected area: conservation and visitor management. In addition the management plan will be updated.


Grants to environmental actors are for qualified NGOs, municipalities and research institutes with a local presence in the Wider Prespa Area and with a strategy in developing society, improving communities, and promoting citizen participation in conservation. PONT funding priorities identified for environmental actors are mainly focussed on transboundary conservation activities and some important specialised conservation activities. In addition, the environmental actors with a focus on conservation in the Wider Prespa Area are supported with their operations and organisational development so as to make the organisations more robust and capable of sourcing third party funding.

In addition, PONT financial support to NGOs and research institutes is directed towards the implementation of activities identified in the management plans for the respective protected areas and where there is a lack of capacity within the protected area management bodies. Applied research, with the involvement of protected area staff, directly focussed on species or habitat management is also supported, but fundamental research is not.

Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP)GreeceThe grant supports efforts to improve the “greening” of the local economy on the Greek side of Prespa with an emphasis on applied research and monitoring and management of important habitat and species.
Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania (PPNEA)AlbaniaGrant activities include mapping of wetland and forest riparian habitats using the Natura 2000 habitat mapping protocols and conservation of large carnivores, including a component on monitoring of the brown bear population in the region.
Macedonian Ecological Society (MES)North MacedoniaThe grant supports wetlands restoration, monitoring of target species of water birds and the establishment of a network of community volunteers to assist in the protection and monitoring of wild plant species.
Public Scientific Institution Hydrobiological Institute Ohrid (HIO)North MacedoniaDevelopment and implementation of a strategic plan focusing on capacity development and applied research supporting the management plans for the protected areas. The activities combine theoretical and practical training in the laboratories of HIO and the Stenje Monitoring Station, as well as field sampling and monitoring.
Connecting Natural Values and People (CNVP)North Macedonia &
Sustainable cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants to serve as a model of decoupling local economic development from harvesting of wild resources in the protected areas.
Alpine club PATAGONIA OhridNorth MacedoniaFirst phase in the establishment of an adventure zone in Galicica National Park to attract more visitors in the park zones with lower level of protection and to reduce the pressure in the strictly protected zones.
Association of sports “Sport for all – All for sport” OhridNorth MacedoniaBoost the adventure tourism niche in the Ohrid Lake Region. The marathon along the “Ohrid Trail” is conducted in cooperation with the local government and Galicica National park with the aim to generate local tourist income in the pre-season. The skills and services of local mountain guides are used in the event.
Albanian Centre for Environmental Governance (ACEG)AlbaniaOrient tourism development towards nature-based tourism, focusing on inter-municipal cooperation, exchange and capacity building in the municipalities of Pustec and Devoll. Enhance the skills of young entrepreneurs on sustainable tourism, not only through training but also financial support.
ILIRIA-Protection and Social & Environmental Development Association (ILIRIA) AlbaniaThe grant focuses on the conservation of ten vascular plant species in Prespa National Park. Most of the selected species occur on both sides of the border and therefore ILIRIA will work together with MASA and in close cooperation with the respective protected area and national authorities and local stakeholders. The grant will also contribute to the updating of the national and global red lists.
Research Centre for Environment and Materials of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (MASA)North MacedoniaThe grant focuses on the conservation of six vascular plants species in Galicica National Park. Most of the selected species occur on both sides of the border and therefore MASA will work together with ILIRIA and in close cooperation with the respective protected area and national authorities and local stakeholders. The grant will also contribute to the updating of the national and global red lists.
Balkan Foundation for Sustainable Development (BFSD)North-MacedoniaThe grant will support actions concerning the conservation of the endemic Prespa trout (Salmo peristericus) which is listed as Endangered (EN) on the global IUCN Red List. The grant will enable the BFSD, in partnership with the NGO Eko-svest, design and facilitate a participatory process for developing a Conservation Action Plan (CAP) for the endemic Prespa trout. This will be done in close cooperation with the Public Institution Pelister National Park and other stakeholders involved in the management of water resources and freshwater biodiversity in Prespa
PROGRAMME - Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust