Monday, January 16, 2017

Vevcani Carnival - a 1400 year old tradition

Vevcani Carnival is celebrated every year for more than 1400 years. It is held every year on 13 and 14 January (on the eve and the first day of the New Year, according to the old calendar).
Carnival is a mix of pagan and modern way of celebration. The main characteristics of the carnival are: archaism, secretiveness, and improvisation.

The village of Vevčani is situated in the southwestern range at the foot of the Jablanica mountain range. It is 800 – 950 metres above sea level. The village is located 14 km North-West of the town of Struga, close to Lake Ohrid region. Carnival is one of the most important festive day in the area. According to some sources, the tradition of the Vevcani Carnival is dedicated to St. Basil the Great, a Christian saint and bishop from Asia Minor, who is considered the founder of the monastic tradition in Eastern Orthodoxy.

Vevcani from morning of this festive day, turned into a kind of theater without borders. First participants backstage them dressed and shaped masks, far from the public eye, designed and made weeks before. Then all the participants go on streets with their masks and perform their imaginary scenarios like real actors.

 Vevcani Carnival as a collection of "archaic, mystery and unique masks, but the most traditional masks are: "groom and bride," "Stupid August" and musicians. Carnival can regularly see the masks and costumes that satirizes everyday political events in the country and in the world. Vevcani Carnival is considered also an outdoor theater. It engages all residents of the municipality, and residents open doors of their homes to guests with traditional specialties and good wine.

Under cloudless skies, hundreds of Vevcani citizens and curious guests from Ohrid, Struga, Macedonia and abroad, walked for nearly two hours in a parade, with the masks that this time was an image of the actual situation in Macedonia and the world.


Monday, January 9, 2017

Albania is part of biggest lakes in Balkans

Albania is home to 247 natural lakes and more than 800 artificial lakes. Albania is part of three most important lakes of the Balkans Peninsula: Shkodra lake, Ohrid Lake and Prespa Lake.
Let's explore some of them:
Ohrid Lake

Lake Ohrid straddles the mountainous border between southwestern Macedonia and eastern Albania and is the deepest lake in the entire Balkan Peninsula, with a maximum depth of nearly 300 m. The historical value and the diverse flora and fauna have helped Lake Ohrid to become one of UNESCO’s Cultural and Natural Heritage sites. There are a variety of aquatic species in the lake, the most famous of which is the Koran, known for being a particularly delicious fish. The city of Pogradec, well known for its climate, was built on the southwestern coast of Lake Ohrid. Alongside the shore there are several tourist centers such as Lini, Pojska, Pogradec, Drilon and Tushemisht, where many hotels and guesthouses offer comfortable accommodations for a wonderful and relaxing vacation.

Prespa Lake

Prespa Lake consists of two branches, Great and Small Prespa. The latter branch cuts deeply into Albania's Galicica Mountain. It is the highest tectonic lake in the Balkans with an altitude of 853 m. Prespa Lake with a surface of 285 km2, of which 38.8 km2 belongs to Albania, is known for the small island of Maligrad. For those exploring the island, the old.
In this lake there are very important breeding populations of Dalmatian and white pelicans. Lakes Ohrid and Prespa are between two and four millionyears old and unique species of fish have evolved in them, among them the delicious koran and belushka.

Shkodra Lake

Shkodra Lake is located in northwestern Albania, straddles the border between Albania and Montenegro. and is the largest lake in the entire Balkan Peninsula, with an area of 370 km².
Thousands of cormorants winter on this lake each year. It is relatively shallow and is fed by many different rivers as well as by springs, making it quite varied in its aquatic life, with various species of carp and trout in its waters.

The main tourist centers are Shiroka and Zogaj, offering numerous hotels and restaurants. This area is famous for it’s variety of fish, including carp, eel and shtojzë. The main leisure activities here are fishing, swimming, sunbathing and the exploration of the area.

Other lakes
Those who are willing to explore more of Albania will be able to see the artificial lakes formed by the Drin’s cascade (Vau i Dejës Lake, Komani Lake and Fierza lake), the artificial lakes of Shkopeti and Ulza, the small glacial lakes of Lura, Balgjait, Dobërdol, Sylbice, Rajca and many more.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Things to do on Lake Ohrid that will make you fall in love

"Lake Ohrid is a UNESCO protected lake and town in South-West Macedonia. Squeezed into the border of Macedonia and Albania, it is a heady combination of crumbling villas, terracotta tiles and gigantic statues. This is a town where you will fall in love – with early morning mists hovering over the lake, with deserted castles and monasteries and with delightful, natural springs bubbling from emerald waters". Here is how Anne the founder of the blog TravelTheGlobe4Less, describe the Lake Ohrid Region in her article: Things to do on Lake Ohrid that will make you fall in love, published in the latest days of December 2016.
She suggests 5 top things to do around this region, describing them as fabulous destinations, impossible to resist. 

Discover these 5 top destinations in Lake Ohrid region:

St. Naum monastery 
A visit to the monastery is as much about the journey as the arrival. You feast on beautiful coastal views, and glimpses of the Bay of Bones, the President’s summer house and the only five-star resort on the lake.
The hulking outline of mountains rising on the opposite side of the lake in Albania add drama to the monastery’s location. Like a guardian angel, it perches on a rocky outcropping, overlooking the bay. It’s free to visit the inner courtyard but 100 Den to go inside the small monastery (30 if you are a student!)
Inside, frescoes line every inch of wall space, so dated they look like smudged crayon drawings which have rubbed away over time. A sense of serenity overwhelms me and I find myself reliving the sensation of meditating on an Indian retreat.
Once you have taken your ecclesiastical fill, wander down the hillside towards the few restaurants and village shops. En route, you will pass boat owners touting short trips into the emerald green springs. Negotiate a price and jump onboard.

St. Naum springs
It’s silent apart from the water lapping at the hull of the boat and the oars splashing as we row slowly through the springs of St. Naum. Vivid green waters hide gurgling springs below, the main supply of lake water. We can just make out huge bubbles spewing from the ground into the cold waters like potions in a cauldron.
My tour guide, Nikola is something of a storyteller regaling me with tales of previous mishaps on the boat. I struggle to understand everything he says but am happy to stare into the crystal clear waters and thank my lucky stars I am fortunate enough to be here.
We row (yes, Nikola is crazy enough to allow me to take the oars!) to a tiny monastery hidden in the bush, the colours so vivid it looks as though the pop filter on my camera has been applied to the scene. It’s truly stunning, like a quaint little cottage hidden in the woods.
Cost: the boat trip costs 10 Euro per person and you can book your own trip with Nikola at Nikoturs.

Samuil’s Fortress, Ohrid
This fortress is a Goliath. With remearkably well preserved walls, a huge inner courtyard and a gigantic flag fluttering above, it can be seen from almost anywhere in Ohrid. If you want specatcaulr views a little closer, however head to the church of Perivleptos where you have the perfect vantage point of the castle.
It pays to get here early too. Although the official opening time is 9am, I arrive at 8.30 and wander through the gates to find myself alone. Like an excited child, I rush up onto the ramparts to admire spectacular views of the town slowly waking from a slumber, wisps of hazy clouds lingering. The video gives you an idea of how fabulous this attraction is (100 Den or 30 if you are a student) especially when you have it entirely to yourself. I have one of my quiet, wow moments, one where I feel a little overwhelmed with a wondrous sense of delight.
Does anyone else experience that sensation when travelling?

St John at Kaneo Church
The Wizz Air site proudly displays a picture of this church, which probably sub-consciously influenced me to book the flights. It’s a red terracotta delight perched high on the cliff, above stunning azure waters. I’m drawn to it like a moth to a flame, carefully skittering down the hillside to take a closer look. The architecture resembles many other churches in the area (365 apparently!) with a small dome in the middle and pale-red brickwork.
You can reach the church by following a boardwalk along the base of the cliff from the old town of Ohrid. After passing a little shingle beach, the path weaves its way up the hillside until you arrive at a bluff overlooking the church.

The monastery of St Pantelejimon
In the shadow of the castle and high above the water, another monastery greets you with roman pillars suggesting a grand, bygone era. It is clearly an auspicious monument as our visit coincides with that of the Macedonian president meeting Serbian orthodox priests. My curiosity gets the better of me and I decide to pay the 30 Den (student price or 100 for adults: £1.50) so I can get my first glimpse of the president.
I wander around the church, snapping pictures of the mind boggling roof shapes then stop to sunbathe. I am basking in the shade of the roman ruins when a posse of people emerge into sunlight. I immediately identify the president (something about the scary looking bodyguards surrounding him!) who passes by so close I can almost reach out and grab him (but I don’t fancy being shot today!).
His security is pretty limited and I’m astonished that I can get so close with no security clearance and no search. It makes an amusing interlude to my day but I soon forget about it in my quest to discover Ohrid.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Vogue: Ohrid Macedonia should Top Your 2017 Travel Lists

Ohrid, Macedonia should top your 2017 Travel List. This time is the famous american magazine "The Vogue", writing an article for 6 Balkan places that everyone should visit during 2017.
Ohrid is recommended among 6 small Balkan's cities: Prizren (Kosovo); Belgrade (Serbia); Himara (Albania); Transylvania (Romania) and Herzegovina region (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 

"Unbeknownst to most, these countries are just the outset of exploration into the Balkans region, home to a number of culturally vibrant and naturally impressive countries where you won’t run into troves of tourists: You can dine alfresco at family-run, waterfront restaurants, and you don’t have to dodge selfie sticks while enjoying castle-top views. "


Locals stroll along a cobble stoned walkway, canoes drift in the lake’s oscillating waters, and a choir practices on the Church of St. Sophia steps as dusk begins to set: Welcome to Ohrid, Macedonia, an utterly perfect town full of Old World charm, set on the banks of brilliant Lake Ohrid. 

"This UNESCO World Heritage Site sits at the intersection of three national parks, attracting hikers, bikers, and climbers to town, as well as those in search of a holiday, and it’s also the perfect place to enjoy Macedonia’s flourishing wine harvest", writes the Vogue.

Stay in one of Ohrid’s many lakefront properties like Hotel Tino, or opt inland at Villa St. Sophia or Vila Mal Sveti Kliment. Wander Ohrid’s old town: Pass homes decorated with bougainvillea, flower pots, and ivy until you reach Kaneo Beach, home to family-run Restaurant Kaj Kanevche. End the night at Jazz Inn, a dive-bar-meets-live-music venue where locals convene. Visit Ohrid’s most photographed landmark, Church of St. John at Kaneo, and view the city from atop Samuel’s Fortress. For scenic views, take a drive through National Park Galičica to neighboring Lake Prespa, and enjoy an evening boat cruise to Restaurant Ostrovo set near the Black Drim River and the Monastery of Saint Naum.

Full article:

Monday, December 12, 2016

Beautiful Lake Ohrid has it all, from pure spring water to precious icons

After being recommended as one of top 10 destinations for 2017 by Lonely Planet, Ohrid city and lake ohrid region, is continously attracting the worldwide media to write about the amazing place, and inviting tourists to know and visit it.
This time is 'Daily Mail' with a special report on Sunday, writing an article about this amazing destination. Among others, the author writes:

"On our journey to Lake Ohrid, the diamond in this country of many treasures, we crossed part of the ancient Via Egnatia, one of the great Roman military roads of the ancient world – a 696-mile link between Macedonia and Istanbul. Much of the route fell into disuse but some sections are now a walking trail. 
Straddling the Albanian border further south, beautiful Lake Ohrid has it all – pure spring water, some of the country’s most precious icons and, supposedly, a church for each day of the year. Ohrid town, a blend of cobbled old quarter and modern resort, has sandy beaches, lakeside walks and waterside restaurants. It’s blissfully relaxing".  Enjoy the full article:

Great surprises in the ancient land of Alexander: Macedonia's magnificent scenery and intriguing history are beginning to attract visitors

By Dymphna Byrne For The Mail On Sunday
Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great and St Paul were among those to stride its paved highways in ancient times; much of its artwork and architecture can rival any in Europe, while the sandy shores of its magnificent inland lake beat many a seaside resort.

Welcome to Macedonia. Landlocked by Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece, the country may have a turbulent past. But after centuries of invasions and border disputes, it became an independent state in 1991. With Soviet gloom banished, the magnificent scenery, excellent sporting facilities, intriguing history and archaeological sites are beginning to attract visitors.

On our journey to Lake Ohrid, the diamond in this country of many treasures, we crossed part of the ancient Via Egnatia, one of the great Roman military roads of the ancient world – a 696-mile link between Macedonia and Istanbul. Much of the route fell into disuse but some sections are now a walking trail.
This ancient and modern link threaded through our journey. Our accommodation included two nights in mountain monasteries – St Joakim Osogovski near the Bulgarian border in the east, founded in the 12th Century with its great collection of frescos; and St Jovan Bigorski, near the Albanian border in the west.

Straddling the Albanian border further south, beautiful Lake Ohrid has it all – pure spring water, some of the country’s most precious icons and, supposedly, a church for each day of the year. Ohrid town, a blend of cobbled old quarter and modern resort, has sandy beaches, lakeside walks and waterside restaurants. It’s blissfully relaxing.

Phoenicians, Macedonians, Romans and Christians all left their mark on Ohrid. We walked the ramparts of the 10th Century fortress of Tsar Samuil, built over the 4th Century BC fort of Philip II of Macedonia, father of Alexander the Great. Centuries later, in 2002, a gold funeral mask and glove, possibly dating from the 7th Century BC and now in the Gold Room of Ohrid museum, were found nearby.

So many ancient treasures must lie under the ground of this remarkable country, criss-crossed over the centuries by royalty, pilgrims, peasants and merchants. No wonder curious visitors are now following the archaeologists and historians to this captivating country.

Alexander the Great, warrior king of the ancient world, is Macedonia’s hero. But be careful – the locals are touchy about his birthplace. Having explored the capital Skopje’s atmospheric old Ottoman quarter of cobbled streets, busy stalls, slender minarets and shining cupolas, we crossed to the east quarter. This, with its shining neo-classical buildings, art galleries and statues, is the serious side of town.

Daniel, our guide, stopped at a statue of a man on a rearing horse entitled The Warrior. ‘Who is he?’ he asked. ‘Alexander the Great?’ ‘Good. Where was he born?’ A pause then a hesitant ‘Macedonia?’ ‘Correct. Alexander III of Macedon was born in Pella, which was then in Macedonia, but is now in Greece. He is not Greek, he is Macedonian.’ Phew!

Macedonia is an exhilarating country. The lakes, streams and mountains of its three national parks are perfect for walking, climbing, caving, paragliding, swimming and skiing.

Our last night was spent in the Hotel Molika, high in the Pelister National Park with magnificent mountain views. An evening walk through the Molika pines led us past the remains of First World War trenches; a dark and unexpected reminder of the spread of the ‘war to end all wars’ and another fascinating historical element in an enthralling country.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Interview with Milovan Shutinoski, Director of the Nikola Nezlobinski Museum in Struga

The Nikola Nezlobinski Museum in Struga is an important place for the history of the Lake Ohrid region, presenting Lake Ohrid and its inhabitants over a period of more than 100 years. The museum conserves and displays animal and plant species of the Lake Ohrid region and Lake Prespa. It is a rare collection, because some of the species no longer exist.

Milovan Shutinoski
The founder of the museum was a Russian doctor, Nikola Nezlobinski, a nature lover. As soon as he arrived in Struga he started collecting and preserving insects, catching birds and other kinds of animals. In 1928, he established the first zoo exhibition and in doing so, he laid the foundations for a natural sciences museum in Struga. The current exhibition in the museum is determined by the origin of the fauna and flora, all of which originate from the mountains and fields of the Struga–Ohrid region, exhibiting the local character of this specialized scientific institution.
The exhibition consists of numerous insects, amphibians, reptiles and fish species residing in Lake Ohrid, as well as many bird and mammal species from the region. The evolution of life is demonstrated in the exhibition with animal categories revealing most primitive forms up to mammals and birds. The Nikola Nezlobinski Museum is a national institution that consists of a complex of five different divisions or departments: biology, archaeology, ethnology, history and art. The current director of the museum is Milovan Shutinoski, whom we interviewed to learn more about this special place.

1. Can you describe in a few words the importance of Struga Museum for protecting the values of Lake Ohrid?
 The unique collections that the museum presents, of both natural and cultural heritage, are the best example of showing how nature and people have lived side by side for centuries. The values of the Lake Ohrid region are presented for all people visiting the museum. Inside here one has the opportunity to learn much about the history of the region. You can see what we have managed to preserve, but also what has already been lost, because of the many changes that have taken place in the depths of Lake Ohrid over the years.

2. What is the most delicate part of the museum requiring the most work to maintain and protect?

Administrative Building of the Museum
Every day presents a challenge for the preservation and promotion of the natural and cultural heritage that the museum presents. We work with limited space in which we need to present the region’s natural and cultural heritage, and the museum has many items in its stores that are yet to be presented to the public and properly protected.

3. Based on your research is Lake Ohrid losing or maintaining some of its oldest values?

Unfortunately, many values that the Lake Ohrid region possesses are endangered, not just at the moment, but constantly. Interference by people is the main threat to this heritage. However, on the other hand, there some positive actions have been taken to preserve the values of Lake Ohrid region. Raising awareness among the public about the treasures that the region possesses is the main goal to be achieved in order to protect and preserve it.

4. Do you have in this museum some findings from the Albanian side of Lake Ohrid? What is your message for your colleagues on that side of Lake Ohrid?

The unique collection of flora and fauna in our natural sciences exhibition presents Lake Ohrid region as a whole, One Lake. Fishesand birds don’t know borders, and a rich cultural heritage is found on either side of Lake Ohrid. All people, especially those involved in protection of natural and cultural heritage, should and must work very hard to preserve and protect the values that the whole world has recognised as something special. We have to work together to protect these unique values, as our Lake Ohrid region is special and important.


Intervistë me Milovan Shutinoski, drejtor i Muzeut Nikola Nezlobinski në Strugë

Muzeu “Nikola Nezlobinski” në Strugë zë një vend shumë të rëndësishëm në historinë e e rajonit të Liqenit të Ohrit, pasi prezanton jo vetëm Liqenin, por gjithë speciet e tij gjatë një periudhe më shumë se 100 vjecare.  Muzeu ruan dhe ekspozon specie të kafshëve dhe bimësinë e gjithë rajonit të Liqenit të Ohrit dhe të Prespës. Është një koelskion i rrallë pasi shumë specie nuk ekzistojnë sot.Themeluesi i këtij Muzeu ishte doktori rus Nikola Nezlobinski, një adhurues i natyrës. Ai erdhi në Strugë për të ndihmuar në luftimin e epidemisë së malaries në 1924. Porsa mbërriti në Strugë nisi të koleksionojë dhe të ruajë insekte, zogj dhe lloje të tjera kafshësh. Në 1928 ai krijoi ekspozitën e parë zoologjike dhe duke bërë këtë ai vuri dhe themelet e muzeut të shkencave natyrore në Strugë. Ekspozimi aktual në muze përcaktohet nga origjina e faunës dhe florës, të cilat që të gjitha vijnë nga malet dhe fushat rreth rajonit të Strugës-Ohrit, duke shfaqur dhe karakterin lokal të këtij institucioni të specializuar shkencor. Ekspozimi konsiston në një numër insektesh, amfibësh, zvarranikësh, dhe specie peshqish që jetojnë në Liqenin e Ohrit, si dhe shumë zogj dhe specie gjitarësh nga i gjithë rajoni. Evoluimi i jetës demonstrohet në këtë muze me kategoritë e kafshëve duke nisur që nga format më primitive të gjitarëve dhe zogjve. Muzeu Nikola Nezlobinski është një institucion kombëtar që konsiston në 5 ndarje të ndryshme ose departamente: biologji, arkeologji, etnologji, histori dhe art. Drejtori aktual i këtij muzeu është Milovan Shutinoski, të cilin ne e intervistuam për të mësuar më shumë rreth këtij vendi special.
A mund të na përshkruani me pak fjalë rëndësinë e Muzeut të Strugës për mbrojtjën vlerave të Liqenit të Ohrit?
Koleksioni unik që muzeu përfaqëson, si për trashëgiminë kultuore dhe atë natyrore, janë shembulli më i mirë i faktit se si natyra dhe njerëzit kanë jetuar pranë e pranë për shekuj të tërë. Vlerat e rajonit të liqenit të Ohrit prezantohen për gjithë njerëzit që e vizitojnë këtë muze. Këtu kanë një mundësi për të mësuar më shumë për historinë e rajonit. Ju mund të shihni se çfarë kemi arritur të ruajmë, por gjithashtu se çfarë është humbur, pasi shumë ndryshime kanë ndodhur në thellësitë e Liqenit të Ohrit prej vitesh. 
Cila është pjesa më delikate që kërkon më shumë punë për mirambajtjen dhe mbrojtjen e objekteve të muzeut?
Çdo ditë për ne është një sfidë për ruajtjen dhe promovimin e trashëgimisë natyrore dhe kulturore që muzeu përfaqëson. Ne punojmë me hapësira të kufizuara, në të cilat duhet të prezantojmë këtë trashëgimi natyrore dhe kulturore të rajonit dhe muzeu ka shumë e shumë objekte në magazinat e tij që ende duhet të prezantohen për publikun dhe të mbrohen siç duhet. 
Bazuar në kërkimet tuaja, rajoni i Liqenit të Ohrit po i humb apo po i ruan vlerat e veta të vjetra?
Fatkeqësisht shumë vlera që rajoni i Liqenit të Ohrit i posedon, janë të kërcënuara, jo vetëm sot, por në mënyrë konstante. Ndërhyrja nga njerëzit është kërcënimi më i madh për këtë trashëgimi. Sidoqoftë nga ana tjetër ka disa veprimë pozitive që janë ndërmarrë për të ruajtur vlerat e rajonit të liqenit të Ohrit. Rritja e ndërgjegjësimit të publikut për thesaret që ky rajon ka, është qëllimi kryesor që duhet artritur në mënyrë që ta mbrojmë dhe ta ruajmë atë.
A keni në muze disa gjetje nga pjesa shqiptare e Liqenit të Ohrit? Cili është mesazhi juaj për kolegët e pjesës tjetër të liqenit?

Koleksioni unik i florës dhe faunës në muzeun tonë të shkencave natyrore përfaqëson Liqenin e Ohrit si i tërë, Një liqen. Peshqit dhe zogjtë nuk njohin kufij, dhe trashëgimia e pasur kulturore ekziston dhe në anën tjetër të liqenit të Ohrit. Gjithë njerëzit, veçanërisht ata të përfshirë në trashëgiminë kulturore dhe natyrore, duhet të punojnë shumë fort për të ruajtur dhe mbrojtur vlerat e tij, që gjithë bota ta njohë si diçka shumë speciale. Ne duhet të punojmë së bashku për të mbrojtur këto vlera, pasi rajoni ynë i Liqenit të Ohrit është i veçantë dhe i rëndësishëm.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

ICOMOS: A proposal to preserve the traditional buildings around Lake Ohrid

Conservation and preservation of the developed heritage area in Pogradec is essential for all the local authorities on the Albanian side of Lake Ohrid. In this framework the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is proposing the development of a manual with guidelines for maintenance and rehabilitation of traditionally built heritage in the Albanian part of the region. The manual will address conservation problems and upgrade the needs of the heritage developed on the Albanian side of the lake, while retaining and sustaining its morphology and construction characteristics and materials. The guidelines will act as a reference tool for all those responsible for the preservation and conservation of the developed heritage of the Pogradec area, including local architects, engineers and craftsmen. Moreover, it will also be useful for state institutions and the local administrations.

The ICOMOS mission in the area, undertaken in June 2015, highlighted the need for rationalizing the built environment and improving the quality and performances of the built assets on the Albanian side of the Lake Ohrid region. The Guidelines for built heritage will be developed in close cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, Institute of Monuments, Regional Directorate for Cultural Heritage and the Municipality of Pogradec.

Staff from the Albanian institutions will be involved in the development of the Guidelines. So that they may be developed for other heritage sites in Albania as well. Knowledge exchange is also foreseen with the partners from the Macedonian institutions. The Guidelines are planned to be published by autumn 2017. There are several similar publications for other heritage locations, such as Cinqueterre in Italy, Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem, and Gjirokastra.

ICOMOS: Një propozim për të ruajtur ndërtesat tradicionale rreth liqenit të Ohrit

Ruajtja dhe mbrojtja e zonës së zhvilluar të trashëgimisë në Pogradec është thelbësore për gjithë autoritetet lokale të pjesës shqiptare të Liqenit të Ohrit. Në këtë kuadër, Këshilli Kombëtar për Monumentet dhe Vendet (ICOMOS) propozon zhvillimin e një manuali me udhëzime për ruajtjen dhe rehabilitimin e ndërtesave tradicionale të trashëgimisë, në pjesën shqiptare të rajonit. Manuali do të 
adresojë problemet e ruajtjes së tyre dhe nevojat për përmirësim të kësaj trashëgimie në pjesën shqiptare të liqenit, duke ruajtur dhe mbrojtur morfologjinë e tyre dhe karakteristikat e materialet e ndërtimit. 
Udhëzuesi do të shërbejë si një mjet reference për gjithë ata që janë përgjegjës për ruajtjen dhe mbrojtjen e trashëgimisë së zhvilluar në zonën e Pogradecit, përfshi arkitektët lokale, inxhinierë dhe artizanë. Gjithashtu do jetë i vlefshëm dhe për institucionet shtetërore dhe administratën lokale. Misioni vëzhgues i ICOMOS në këtë zonë, i kryer në qershor 2015, ka theksuar nevojën për racionalizimin e mjedisit të ndërtimeve dhe përmirësimin e cilësisë dhe performancës së aseteve të 
ndërtuara në pjesën shqiptare të rajonit të liqenit të Ohrit. 
Ky udhëzues për ndërtesat e trashëgimisë do të përpilohet në bashkëpunim të ngushtë me Ministrinë e Kulturës, Institutin e Monumenteve, Drejtorinë rajonale për trashëgiminë kultuore dhe bashkinë e Pogradecit. Stafi nga institucionet shqiptare do të përfsshihet gjithashtu në zhvillimin e këtij udhëzuesi, në mënyrë që ai të përpilohet gjithashtu edhe për zona të tjera të trashëgimisë në Shqipëri. Gjithashtu parashikohet dhe shkëmbim njohurish me partnerët e institucioneve maqedonase. Udhëzuesi planifikohet të publikohet në vjeshtë 2017. Ka disa bo time të ngjashme për vende të tjera të trashëgimisë si Cinqueterre në Itali, Jeddah në Arabinë Saudite, Jeruzalem e Gjirokastër.