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Lake Ohrid: Experience and Lessons Learned Brief (Lake Basin Management Initiative). 2005. (636 KB)

Lake Ohrid is an ancient lake, formed by tectonic forces 2-3 million years ago, in the Tertiary period. Because the lake is so old and is isolated by surrounding hills and mountains, a unique collection of plants and animals have evolved. These include a number of relict species, or “living fossils,” and many endemic species, found only in Lake Ohrid (Stankovic 1960). For example, 10 of the 17 identified fish species of the Lake Ohrid are endemic, as are many of the lake’s snails, worms, and sponges. The lakeshore reed beds and wetlands provide critical habitat for hundreds of thousands of wintering water birds, including rare and threatened species such as the Dalmatian pelican, ferruginous duck, spotted eagle, and imperial eagle. Main_LBMI_report--http://www.iwlearn.net/publications/ll/lbmi_main_report_2005.pdf/view Original_LBMI_website--http://www.ilec.or.jp/eg/lbmi/index.htm

1665: Towards a Lake Basin Management Initiative and a Contribution to the Third World Water Forum: Sharing Experiences and Early Lessons in GEF and non-GEF Lake Basin Management Projects

30 Nov 2010 by iwlearn

Lake Ohrid: Experience and Lessons Learned Brief (Lake Basin Management Initiative). 2005. (636 KB).pdf

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