International conference on integrated protection and management of lakes in South-East Europe (SEE) countries opened in Ohrid on 12 October.
The three-day conference brought together some 60 representatives of the SEE countries, the World Bank, UNDP and UNESCO. The event was organized by Macedonian Ministry of Environment and the International Organization for Water Protection.
In the course of opening session on Thursday, the World Bank pledged support to joint projects of the SEE countries on sustainable management of transboundary waters.
The World Bank still remains a key supporter of environment protection projects, however, it made it clear that transboundary water management would require a co-operation among the countries in the region.
The conference is expected to set out guidelines and new projects on lake protection, funded by international finance organizations.