Ohrid SOS is informed by a wide range of sources and not all of them fit into neat categories. Time to widen the range.
Biodiversity positively correlates with tourism receipts in developing countries, according to 2009 research from Freytag and Vietze in The Open Political Science Journal. Their work indicates that higher species richness bestows comparative advantage, which should be great news for the Republic of Macedonia, whose plant and animal species are more varied than almost any other country in Europe!
Bioinspiration is the use of solutions found in nature to inspire commercial products and other applications in the human world. We think it is an area of interest for the Ohrid region due to both the high number of species that are globally unique and the importance of the location for studying evolution. In 2013, the Fermanian Business and Economic Institute released a report assessing the economic achievements and potential of the field, including an overview of the steps necessary to maximize its potential.
Lake Ohrid’s exceptional water clarity is supplied by natural filters like Studenchishte Marsh. We know that helps the lake’s biodiversity but what benefits does it actually have for people in the region? Does it really matter how much you can see through the water? The good news for crystal lakes like Ohrid is that greater water transparency has been linked to higher numbers of recreational visitors. In this paper for Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Keeler et al demonstrate exactly how.