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Order: Ciconiiformes (disputed)
Species: E. garzetta
Standing at an altitude of 853 m., the Great Prespa Lake, is the biggest in Greece and divided between Albania, Greece and the FYROM. For many years, the Greek part of the Prespa Lakes region was an underpopulated, military sensitive area which required special permission for outsiders to visit. It saw fierce fighting during the Greek Civil War and much of the local population subsequently emigrated to escape endemic poverty and political strife. The region remained little developed until the 1970s, when it began to be promoted as a tourist destination. With an abundance of rare fauna and flora, the area was declared a Transnational Park in 2000.
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