Охрид - Македонија | Ohrid - Makedonien
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Lake Ohrid bike tour promotes peace
31/10/2012Citizens of Macedonia and Albania observe natural beauty in trip around Lake Ohrid and promote tolerance.
By Miki Trajkovski for Southeast European Times in Ohrid -- 31/10/12
Around 100 bicycle riders from Macedonia and Albania participated in a tour around Lake Ohrid on October 20th in an appeal for tolerance, mutual respect, a region with no borders and protection of natural resources.
|Cyclists prepare to begin a bicycle tour around Lake Ohrid, which straddles the border of Macedonia and Albania. [Miki Trajkovski/SETimes]
The recreational cycling marathon began in Ohrid, and travelled through Struga to Lynn and Pogradec in Albania, before returning to the Macedonian part of the lake, which straddles the border of the two countries.
Zanko Golaboski, president of the Bicycle Club Zsh from Ohrid and organiser of the marathon, told SETimes he wanted the activity to encourage citizens from both sides of the lake to cross the border more frequently.
For decades, during Albania's communist period, border crossings were rare. More recently, border crossings required a passport, but in April the Albanian and Macedonian governments agreed to allow people to cross simply by showing an ID.
"The main goal of this tour was to promote the region as one without borders, because the border now can be crossed only with an ID," Golaboski said. "It is a great experience to see the lake from both the sides."
Ljupcho Mitreski, a member of the Bike Star cycling association from Skopje, said the event was productive because it gave Macedonian citizens a better understanding of Albania.
Some of the participants recalled a time when the border was closed, but now that people are able to move between the two countries freely, the area around the lake has become a tourist destination. The trip by car from Ohrid or Struga to Pogradec is less than an hour.
The bike tour covered about 100 kilometers and riders finished it in less than seven hours.
"We had [prejudice] about Albania," Mitreski said. "But after what we saw there, I can tell that those opinions are past. Pogradec is a lovely town, the people are friendly and welcoming. A lot of people come to Ohrid, but they’ve never seen the whole lake. That is why they have to see how the lake looks from the Albanian side and how it is to live there."
"Since I was a kid, I had a major wish to cross on the other side of the border, because I am part of that generation which lived in time when the border with Albania was closed," said Misho Tanevski, an Ohrid resident. "Pogradec is a beautiful town, which is developing rapidly. A lot of the people talk in Macedonian, and in the restaurants you can pay with denars, Macedonian currency."
Pogradec resident Faton Osmani said the bike tour showed that "although we live in different countries, there are a lot of things that connected us which makes us similar, for example the desire of communication and co-operation."
While participants said they enjoyed the scenery, they also made less-desirable observations, photographing garbage dumps that could be seen along the road and the lake.
Zhanko Golaboski told SETimes the group planned to contact local governments.
"We also want to shake up the public awareness of the importance of the clean and healthy living area," Golaboski said. "There are such beautiful places beside the lakes, and they are full with garbage. In the Albanian part I don’t like that on every 10 meters fishes are hunted, huge nets are thrown, and trout, plashica and eel are sold in aquariums beside the road."
The riders say that their next initiative would be to organize a cycling marathon around the three neighboring countries, Macedonia, Greece and Albania. They also hope to convince authorities to build a cycling path beside the lake, which will contribute to the development of tourism.
Die Stadt ist wirklich schön, Die Häuser und der See, einfach perfekt.
1965 war ich zum ersten mal da, hab mich sofort in Stadt und See verliebt. War schon viel unterwegs, aber Ohrid bleibt unübertroffen!!! War ja lange nicht so viel los, wie Heute, ausserdem hatten wir nicht viel Geld, also haben wir uns was zu essen und trinken gekauft und sind dann hier hin gegangen:
Zitat von Axha Paqarriz
Wahrscheinlich eines der beliebtesten Fotoobjekte in Makedonien, wenn nicht gat auf dem gesamten Blkan...
Der Kommandant der Wasserpolizei Ohrid mit drei Komplizen verhaftet. Sie sollen Schwarzfischerei im großen Stil begangen haben.
Ohrid soll einen Wasserflughafen bekommen, scheint eher ne Insel zu werden
In den Medien tauchte heute dieses Bild auf, mit der Überschrift: So soll der neue Flughafen aussehn.
Macedonia, Albania ecologists call for boost in Lake Ohrid cleanup
14/12/2012Macedonian and Albanian environmentalists sound the alarm to save Lake Ohrid's aquatic life.
By Miki Trajkovski for Southeast European Times in Ohrid -- 14/12/12
A recent ecological incident on the Albanian side of UNESCO-protected Lake Ohrid, where large amounts of soapy phosphorus contaminated the waters, sparked environmentalists from both Albania and Macedonia to call on their governments to jointly contribute to the protection of the lake.
|A recent phosphorus spill in Lake Ohrid threatens aquatic species. [Miki Trajkovski/SETimes]
Ohrid-based Grasnica Environmental Association ecologists said that phosphorus is a dangerous substance that can speed up the aging of the lake's water life and turn it to a swamp.
Phosphorus causes a lack of oxygen to aquatic life and threatens the fish species, including the Ohrid trout, which already faces extinction, according to experts.
"Advanced treatment to remove nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewaters should be introduced. But the effective solution would be to discharge refined wastewater from the lake basin to nearby rivers," Gjoko Zoroski, president of the Grasnica Association, told SETimes.
In order to prevent future incidents, officials said that they two countries need to work together.
"The current co-operation is not sufficient. Permanent actions are needed from both sides to protect the lake … including [the involvement of] more institutions from both countries," former Macedonian Minister of Environment Zoran Shapurich told SETimes.
The Podgradec purification station, built in 2008, does not include all phases of wastewater purification, so some wastewater flows into the lake, according to ecologists.
Arijan Meroli, Albanian government representative in the bilateral committee for the protection of Lake Ohrid, told SETimes that, for now, only mechanical and biological water treatment can be done.
"What happened here was not an ecological incident. Accumulated phosphorus had nowhere to go, so it spilled over. The third water treatment phase will prevent the spillage of phosphorus and metals in the lake from happening," Meroli said.
Albanian authorities said that the chemical treatment phase will be installed at the station next year.
"Macedonia should invest in new equipment for its own water collection that was built more than 30 years ago. Often because high rain amounts collect in three places on the Macedonian side of Lake Ohrid and due to the old equipment, wastewaters directly pour into the lake," Vanco Stojanovski, an ecologist from Ohrid, toldSETimes.
However, Jetnor Shkulaku, president of NGO Association for Industrial Ecology in Albania, said Podgradec wastewater is purified in line with EU standards.
"The plant does mechanical and biological treatment of wastewater after which the water is purified according to EU norms, so it can be used for irrigation, or released into Lake Ohrid."
Albanian law mandates significant fines for water pollution, from 700 to 15,000 euros, while the fine in Macedonia is 6,000 euros for discharge of wastewater into water ecosystems, or for construction of objects along the shore without proper permission.
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