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Cross-border climate protection in Europe

The Prespa National Park in southern Europe is a good example of how countries can work together for the environment.

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Project goal: development of the Prespa National Park across Albania, Macedonia and Greece

Project size: the park covers 27.5 hectares; 5,500 people live on the Albanian side

Project volume: around 3.5 million euros ($4.5 million) to build a biosphere reserve

Known for its stunning natural beauty, the Prespa region is a UNESCO World Heritage site that is shared by Macedonia, Greece and Albania. But it’s doubtful how much of the region will be around for future generations to enjoy. Illegal logging, overfishing and over-grazing have destroyed large parts of the Prespa. Now, all three countries are working together to preserve the unique flora and fauna as well as support poor families in the region who depend on using the land to survive.

A film by Danijel Visèvic

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