With support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has helped since 2004 to reverse pollution in one of the oldest freshwater ecosystems on Earth – Lake Prespa, which is home to 2,000 animal species. Water quality has improved and indigenous fish species have recovered thanks to a 30 percent reduction in pesticide use and new sewage-treatment facilities. A state-of-the-art composting plant generates healthy profits from tons of organic waste that would earlier have been dumped into the lake. The 80 percent of residents who depend on apple farming have also benefitted from new methods that have reduced costs and increased yields.
On the occasion of World Water Day UNDP will be screening “Lake of Apples”, a documentary that features the restoration of one of the oldest freshwater ecosystems in the world, Lake Prespa.
Photo Credits: Ljubo Stefanov/ UNDP Skopje