Apr 29
Sharing experiences for the protection of freshwater ecosystems
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The workshop, of freshwater ecosystems brought in Lin village on the shore of Lake Ohrid, some 28 representatives from 18 environmental NGOs active in the SW Balkans (28-29 April 2015). The workshop  which was co-chaired by MIO-ECSDE and its member NGO PPNEA, was organized by MIO-ECSDE in collaboration with the Act4Drin partner NGOs, BIOSFERA, EDEN, GREENHOME and MES within the framework of the CEPF funded Act4Drin project aiming at raising public awareness, enhancing knowledge and empowering NGOs to protect and conserve freshwater ecosystems in the Drin River Basin.
 
Everyone engaged in a collective and collaborative learning process on integrated water resources management and freshwater biodiversity conservation in transboundary settings. Participants had the opportunity to take stock of their experiences on a wide range of issues including technical & research aspects, policy & advocacy, education & awareness raising, participatory science, etc. Intensive discussions and reflections resulted in a set of lessons learned and the identification of promising practices, which will be showcased in the upcoming Act4Drin handbook. The handbook will communicate acquired knowledge and ensure that beneficial information is factored into future NGO activities.
 
All participants agreed that similar opportunities to exchange views and experiences at transboundary level are necessary. Among others, these serve as sources of inspiration and motivation to keep on working with determination, commitment and confidence towards the protection of our common natural heritage. Common challenges that NGOs face were highlighted along with the momentum and strength that can be built by complementing each other’s efforts and resources towards a common goal.

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