The Annotated Ramsar List: The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia


The Annotated Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance


The Convention on Wetlands came into force for The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on 8 September 1991. The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia presently has 2 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance, with a surface area of 21,616 hectares.

site; date of designation; region, province, state; surface area; coordinates
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Dojran Lake (Dojransko Ezero). 02/08/07; 2,696 ha; 41°13'N 022°45'E. Monument of Nature; Balkan Green Belt (EECONET); CORINE site. A shallow eutrophic lake with no natural outlets and its surrounding swamp and thermal spring, located in the southeast of the country and shared with Greece. The local community employs a unique and ancient fish hunting practice, with its own implements and traditions using birds and reed traps, first described by Herodotus in the 5th century B.C. and thought now to be practiced only here. The lake hosts several endemic species and subspecies of fish as well as 11 endemic invertebrates and many protected bird species. More than 100 individuals of Pelecanus crispus are supported every year in the period from November till March. A decreasing water level from over-abstraction is perceived as a potential threat. Ramsar site no. 1735. Most recent RIS information: 2008.

Lake Prespa.03/05/95; 18,920 ha; 40º56’N 021º01’E. Strictly Protected Nature Reserve; Ornithological Reserve. A Pliocene Lake (2-3 million years old), providing important feeding areas for large numbers of the Pelicans that breed nearby in Greece. The site includes cultivated land, meadows, pastures, reedbeds, and forests. Commercial and recreational fishing and conservation education are the only human activities. There is a visitors’ center at the site. Ramsar site no. 726. Most recent RIS information: 1998.

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2,186 Total surface area of designated sites (hectares): 208,674,247

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