Posted on 4 May, 2020 by Constanze Schaaff, Chief Technical Advisor Transboundary Biosphere Reserve Prespa

Albania, too, is in a nationwide lockdown to fight the Corona pandemic. While people are to stay at home, nature at the project location of the KfW financed project Transboundary Biosphere Reserve Prespa of the Prespa National Park is not in quarantine.
Since the start of the lockdown on March 13, seasons changed from winter to spring. A series of short video clips produced by a GFA team of experts invites people for a virtual tour to Prespa.

While the rules of social distancing prevent activities involving meetings with people and consultations, work of the  park administration and the project team continues: Rangers control illegal activities, preparatory works for the tourism season go on in the field, tenders are being prepared, and environmental education activities are conducted online. For example, an essay competition of the Junior Rangers for the Earth Day celebration on 22 April, 2020 has been held.

The Transboundary Biosphere Reserve Prespa project aims at reducing the pressure on natural resources while contributing to poverty alleviation in the Albanian part of the Ohrid-Prespa Transboundary Biosphere Reserve. The project helps conserve biodiversity and improve the livelihoods of the population in the Prespa National Park and in the Albanian part of the Biosphere Reserve. The project started in May 2018 and will be completed in April 2021. It is co-financed by the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW Development Bank and implemented by GFA and INCA.

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