Studenchishte Marsh

Water filters, carbon lock-ups, flood defenses, biodiversity havens, winter shelters, launchpads for baby birds, tourist attractions, and safe harbors for fish, wetlands provide more services to humankind and the natural world than we can possibly imagine. Despite all this, they remain under severe threat.

Chief among endangered superhabitats is the Republic of Macedonia’s Studenchishte Marsh, a critical support for ancient Lake Ohrid’s spectacular water quality and biodiversity theme park in its own right. The local Ohrid government has been maneuvering to drain, concrete and sell off the land as luxury accommodation, even though it’s a vital component of World Heritage.

We’re doing everything we can to save the full 63.97 hectare area and secure it Ramsar status as a Wetland of International Importance.

So far, we’re winning and we don’t plan to let that go…


The Great Purifier

How does Lake Ohrid keep in shape? A low nutrient diet with the ultimate detox gadget: wetlands!

Life Support

Studenchishte doesn’t just do logistics for the Lake Ohrid party. In many ways, it’s the star of the show.

Irreversible Damage

100 years of research points in one direction: Studenchishte Marsh matters.

Wetland Future Vision

Ohrid SOS doesn’t just see an amazing wetland at Macedonia’s Studenchishte Marsh. We see opportunities for development of humans and nature both.

Magic Number 63.97

Special Studenchishte’s lucky number is 63.97. Here is why.

The Declaration on the Protection of the Lake Ohrid Ecosystem

UNESCO Lake Ohrid and Studenchishte Marsh have received the honor of a Declaration from the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS).

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