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Drin River Basin


The extended Drin Basin:

  • Extends to Albania, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Kosovo[1] and Montenegro (Drin Riparians);
  • Comprises the sub–basins of five water bodies, each one of them shared by two or three Riparians:
  • Covers a geographical area of about 19,000 km2;
  • Is characterized by mountainous relief - the highest peaks are over 2,500 m - with flat land in the coastal area.

  • Hosts about 1.5 million people who rely on the water resources of the basin for drinking water, agriculture, fisheries, industry, hydropower and for supporting the provision of tourism services;

  • Encompasses complex ecosystems of major importance that host unique biotopes with many indigenous species, important both from a European and an international conservation perspective;
  • Sustains and affects coastal and marine ecosystems in the Adriatic, through its freshwater flow.

The Drin River is the “connecting body” of the extended Drin Basin, linking the lakes, wetlands, rivers and other aquatic habitats, with a system of groundwater bodies, into a single, yet complex, hydrological ecosystem.

Setting out from the two Prespa Lakes, linked to each other by a small channel, water flows through underground karst[6] cavities to Lake Ohrid, the largest lake in terms of water volume in South East Europe. The only surface outflow of Lake Ohrid, the Black Drin River flows north through The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and enters Albania. The White Drin River rises in Kosovo, flows into Albania, where it meets the Black Drin and forms the Drin River. Flowing westward through Albania, the Drin River meets the Buna/Bojana River, close after the outflow of the latter from Lake Skadar/Shkoder, the largest lake in terms of surface in South East Europe. The Buna/Bojana River directly discharges into the Adriatic Sea.


[1] References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999).

[2] The river is called Drin i Zi in Albania and Crn Drim in The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

[3] The river is called Drin i Bardhë in Albania and Beli Drin in Kosovo.

[4] The river is called Buna in Albania and Bojana in Montenegro.

[5] The lake is called Skadar in Montenegro and Shkoder in Albania.

[6] A landscape formed by the dissolution of soluble rocks, including limestone and dolomite.


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Towards enhanced cooperation for the coordinated management of the Drin Basin
Political cooperation across borders protects water resource in Drin Basin
Developing strategic action for the management of the Drin Basin
Ministers and high-level representatives to endorse Drin Strategic Action Programme
Online Training on Integrated Drought Management for the Drin River Basin
Towards a joint management plan for Lake Ohrid
Celebrating 10 years of Drin collaboration: stakeholders discuss drought management in the Drin Basin
The way forward for transboundary cooperation in the Drin Basin
Monitoring one of Europe’s oldest lakes
Mekong Study Visit for Drin Delegation
Journalists gather in Ohrid for Training in Environmental Reporting
Drin Core Group request establishment of Drin Commission
Minister for Environment and Spatial Planning, Kosovo, attends 17th Drin Core Group Meeting
Expert Working Groups meet to review Strategic Action Programme
GEF Drin Project Team presents Project highlights to the Albanian Water Resources Management Agency
6th Drin Day Celebrations - Plastic Pollution
Drin Basin Experts meet to review Draft Strategic Action Programme
Biomass Pilot Activity in National Park of Skadar Lake reaches Second Phase following equipment donation
Focus Group Meetings to discuss Strategic Action Programme for Drin Basin
Riparian Experts conduct ‘Causal Chain Analysis’ paving the way for a Strategic Action Plan in extended Drin River Basin
Drin River Basin pioneers new approaches to water management
First Constructed Wetland in Kosovo set to reduce sewage pollution in White Drin
Mayors of Pogradec and Ohrid agree on missing link for Lake Ohrid future
Podgorica Drin Stakeholders Conference: Progress towards the sustainable management of the Drin Basin
Activities for the management of Skadar Lake vegetation in Montenegro through biomass collection and production of fuel briquettes have been initiated.
Pristina Drin Stakeholders Conference: A great Momentum for the Process towards Enhanced Transboundary Cooperation for the Basin’s Management
Building Drin Riparians’ Capacities on Transboundary Water Cooperation and International Water Law
The GEF Drin Project: Contributing in the 30th Session of the Montenegrin National Council for Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Raising awareness among local communities on the importance of sustainable management for the Drin River Basin
A new Impetus for Enhancing Cooperation for the Management of the Drin Basin
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