SKOPJE, June 12 (Xinhua) -- Ohrid and Prespa region in the southeastern Balkan area was named the cross-border biosphere reserve by UNESCO's international Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Program at a meeting held in Sweden, Macedonia Information Agency reported on Wednesday.
The Ohrid Prespa region known for limestone cliffs with caves and mountain massifs are the ecologically precious area on the European green belt in the Balkans.
This new title for the Ohrid Prespa region will attract world's attention and is expected to bring new commercial opportunity as well as more environmental protection.
Inhabitants and biospheres are one integrated body through sustainable development. The name of biosphere reserve is an incentive for all the existing protective efforts made for this area, said Dejan Panovski, Macedonia's representative of the Lake Ohrid bilateral secretariat.
The biosphere reserve which covers Lake Ohrid's mouth and the region of Prespa was outlined by the Lake Ohrid bilateral secretariat as part of the Lake Ohrid preservation agreement, implemented jointly by Macedonia and Albania.
With the support of MAB committees, the environment ministries and the UNESCO national committees of Macedonia and Albania, the Lake Ohrid bilateral secretariat promoted this area for the nomination.
UNESCO recognizes the biosphere reserves as areas where human activities are focused on sustainable use of natural resources and provision of adequate conditions for humans to live in harmony with fauna and flora.