The World Heritage Committee, meeting in Baku announced that the Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid Lake (extension of “Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region”, North Macedonia), in Albania, has just been inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List!
The Albanian part of Ohrid Lake is expected to be part of UNESCO World Heritage in 2019.
Albania submitted in February 2018 the nomination dossier for the inclusion of the Natural and Cultural Heritage of Ohrid Lake region in UNESCO World Heritage List.
The process for listing Ohrid Lake area as a UNESCO World Heritage Site started since 2012. Meanwhile, the Macedonian side of the lake, which includes two third of the lake surface was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. The Albanian part of Ohrid Lake includes important sites like the landscape in Lin Peninsula and Lin village, Drilon, the landscape in the northern part of Lin, where the ancient Illyrian settlements are located.
Ohrid Lake is the oldest lake in Europe. Its ecosystem is considered a nature center for the conservation of biodiversity and landscape and a habitat for endemic species of flora and fauna.