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Black Drin river sub-basin


Apart from Lake Ohrid, the main tributary of the Black Drin River is the transboundary Radika River, which is shared by Kosovo1 and North Macedonia. The upper part of this river enters the artificial Mavrovo reservoir, which diverts its flow through a hydroelectric power plant into the Vardar River watershed (out of the Drin Basin), as an 'inter-basin transfer' of water. Due to this, the upper part of Radika River watershed is classified as an artificial and highly modified water body.

There are two large dams constructed on the Black Drin River in North Macedonia: Globočica (92 m high) and Špilje (112 m high) close to the point before the river enters Albania.

[1] This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

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