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. Added to these dangers, several mega-projects have been announced in recent years, including infrastructure for rail, road and boats, but also large resorts such as a ski-center.
After pressure from UNESCO, international scientists, local citizens and NGOs such as Ohrid SOS, several of these plans have now been cancelled. Nonetheless, dangers still lurk and the situation can change very fast.
Click on the map icons above or see a project-by-project rundown — including current danger-status — here.
UNESCO World Heritage Centre considers the Ohrid region to be World Heritage in Danger.
Fish kill in Studenchishte Canal.
Why Macedonia’s River Sateska is slowly becoming a River of Death.
Ohrid SOS has delivered robust evidence of environmental mismanagement to the UNESCO Reactive Monitoring Mission team.
INTERVIEW: Dr. Martin Pusch of Berlin’s Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology & Inland Fisheries talks marinas with Ohrid SOS.
Macedonia’s world-class nature needs protection. 13 orgs tell Macedonian authorities how to start.