Prespa is the name of two freshwater lakes in southeast Europe, shared by Albania, Greece, and the F. Y. Republic of Macedonia. Of the total surface area, 176.3 km2 belongs to the F.Y. Republic of Macedonia, 46.3 km2 to Albania and 36.4 km2 to Greece. They are the highest tectonic lakes in the Balkans, standing at an elevation of 853 m.
The Great Prespa Lake (Albanian: Liqeni i Prespës, Greek: Μεγάλη Πρέσπα, Limni Megáli Préspa, Macedonian: Преспанско Езеро, Prespansko Ezero) is divided between Albania, Greece and Macedonia. The Small Prespa Lake (Greek: Μικρή Πρέσπα, Mikri Prespa; Albanian: Prespa e Vogël) is shared only between Greece (138 km2 drainage area; 42.5 km2 surface area) and Albania (51 km2 drainage area; 4.3 km2 surface area).
The area contains three National Parks located in Albania, Greece, and the F. Y. Republic of Macedonia respectively. The largest town in the Prespa Lakes region is Resen in the F. Y. Republic of Macedonia. In 2014, the Ohrid-Prespa Transboundary Reserve between Albania and Macedonia was added to UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
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