A deadly fuzz of pollution, creaking wastewater infrastructure, trash, illegal construction, poorly planned urbanization, incremental habitat loss, overfishing, climate change, non-natural fires, deforestation, erosion, wetland degradation, and invasive species have been afflicting the sumptuous habitats of UNESCO Lake Ohrid and National Park Galichica for several years.
Many of these link directly or indirectly to the tourism industry, whose badly implemented expansion has coincided with a gradual deterioration in the Ohrid region’s natural resources. Now, added to these long-term threats, numerous mega-projects designed to exploit the mass visitor market have been proposed.
Each comes with its own particular danger and there are almost too many to count. Incredibly, the plans are to execute them almost simultaneously. Click on the map icons above or see a project-by-project rundown here.
INTERVIEW: Dr. Martin Pusch of Berlin’s Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology & Inland Fisheries talks marinas with Ohrid SOS.
Ohrid SOS has delivered robust evidence of environmental mismanagement to the UNESCO Reactive Monitoring Mission team.
Macedonia’s world-class nature needs protection. Here’s how to start.