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SWS Europe endorses Lake Ohrid Day

June 17, 2016 — Lake Ohrid is the most ancient lake of Europe, located in Macedonia along the border of Albania. Since major disturbances to the lake have been minimal, it still exhibits excellent water quality and high biodiversity, including the presence of numerous endemic plants and animals. However, the Studenchishte Marsh, on the shores of Lake Ohrid is only a small remnant of the vast wetlands that once bordered the lake. This precious wetland is now threatened by plans to convert it into a tourist destination by building large tourism infrastructure. The characteristic status and important ecosystem services of this wetland were presented as a highlight during the annual meeting of SWS Europe in Potsdam, Germany in May 2016 by Dr. Nadezda Apostolova from Macedonia. She was the lead author on an article in SWS's Wetland Science and Practice about this subject. SWS has also officially expressed its concern in letters to the responsible authorities at a regional and national level. In fact, these actions have received attention in the major national Newspaper Dnevnik and on Macedonian public radio. We endorse Lake Ohrid Day and pay tribute to Studenchishte Marsh today! Find out more about Lake Ohrid at: https://ohridsos.wordpress.com/ 

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