The Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust – PONT, one of only 8 Transboundary Conservation Trusts funds around the world, was set up in 2015 to support and improve the environmental management of The Prespa Ohrid ecoregion is Ohrid Utra-Trail's main partner and financier.
PONT has initially focused its funding on the Prespa lakes basin, including the six protected areas covering the most significant biodiversity features of the Prespa lakes and adjacent terrestrial ecosystems. PONT aims to expand its work beyond the Prespa region to include the Ohrid lake basin and its surroundings in the near future.
At its core, PONT believes in protecting for future generations, one of Europe’s most ecologically valuable areas, the Prespa Ohrid ecoregion which is a refuge for many rare and endemic species as well as many cultural and historical monuments. PONT understands that biodiversity conservation and the management of ecoservices is complex and takes time. It is with that in mind that PONT provides effective long-term funding to support the national parks, other important protected areas and conservation organisations in the region.
As part of that, PONT promotes partnerships, transboundary cooperation, and a collective ecoregional approach. PONT provides the resources for those working on the ground to manage their own needs while engaging with governments to leverage funding and political commitments towards conservation. Working together with a long-term vision we can raise public environmental awareness and community engagement to protect The Prespa Ohrid ecoregion.
Learn more about our work here: https://www.pont.org/