Educational Capacity Strengthening for Risk Managment of Non-native Aquatic Species in Western Balkans - RiskMan

HYDROBIOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OHRID

HYDROBIOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OHRID

Hydrobiological Institute Ohrid

Partner Description: The HIO has been established in 1935, thus being the oldest scientific institution in North Macedonia. It is a public institution of a national interest licensed to monitor all three natural lakes in the country as well as other water bodies.  In 2005 the Institute has been accredited for postgraduate studies (according to the Bologna Convention) in the frame of the University St. Kliment Ohridski in Bitola. More than 50 Agreements of collaboration with scientific institutions worldwide have been signed and implemented and more than 1000 sci. publications have been published. The Hydrobiological Institute Ohrid is a public, governmental Institution, thus, it is fully financed by the Government through the Ministry of Science and Education. Besides, the institute is financed through commissions received for providing different competent services (monitoring, analysis) provided to public and private organizations. Finally, the institute is also financed through overhead revenues from international projects. At present HIO employs a total of 30 employees, whereby 16 are scientists and the rest include supporting and administrative staff.

Role in The Project: Hydrobiological Institute Ohrid will be a Programme Country Institution in the RiskMan Project. The role of the institution will be to support the Partner Countries of Western Balkan in completion of activities in the field of monitoring and research and also the public education during and also after the Project. In details, the support of the Staff of Hydrobiological Institute Ohrid will focus on assistance in the development of a Strategy and Plan for monitoring of NN and invasive species in Lake Ohrid and Prespa (shared with the Partner Countries). Moreover, they will assist the other Partner Countries through the organization of workshops for citizens, education and training of teachers, operators of fish farm, representatives of municipalities, ministries and other national and local institutions in Balkan Countries. They will be involved in all the WPs.