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Agreement between the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Albania and the Government of the Republic of Macedonia for the protection and sustainable development of Lake Ohrid and its watershed

Document type
Bilateral
Field of application
Regional/restricted
Date
Jun 17, 2004
Source
FAO, FAOLEX;  IUCN (ID: TRE-151137)
Place of adoption
Skopje
Language
Albanian, English
Subject
Water, Wild species & ecosystems
Keyword
Management/conservation International agreement-text Freshwater quality/freshwater pollution Basin/catchment/watershed Ecosystem preservation Biodiversity
Abstract

The Contracting Parties agree to work individually and in cooperation to ensure the integrated protection of the Ohrid Lake and to give to the lake and its watershed the status of world natural and cultural heritage as well as the status of biosphere reserve. The Parties shall take all necessary measures in order to: (a) prevent, control and reduce pollution in the watershed; (b) protect soil from erosion, depletion and pollution; (c) preserve biodiversity, especially through the protection of endemic, rare, threatened and endangered species; (d) prevent the introduction and breeding of non autochthonous animal and plant species; (e) ensure the sustainable exploitation of natural resources of the watershed; (f) avoid any serious damage of the cultural values and natural landscapes; and (g) prevent and control the economical activities which cause or may cause harms to the watershed. The Agreement establishes the Lake Ohrid Watershed Committee, which monitors the activities carried out for protecting the lake and proposes measures for attaining the objectives pursued.

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