The government of the Republic of Macedonia is pursuing an aggressive urbanization and development drive to exploit the UNESCO Ohrid-Prespa Biosphere Reserve for mass-market tourism. Plans that will directly impact the globally unique ecosystems of two ancient lakes and one of Europe's most biodiverse mountains, National Park Galichica, include an express road; railroad; marina; ski-resort; numerous lake-shore constructions; and the drainage and cementing of Studenchishte Marsh, the last remains of a vital, lake-filtering wetland. These ecologically reckless activities will impact upon habitats of recognized international importance. Known as a museum of living fossils and theater of evolution with over 200 species that exist nowhere else on the planet, Lake Ohrid is thought to be the most biodiverse inland water on Earth by surface area. It is also the epicenter for most of the development projects. Meanwhile, karstic National Park Galichica, proposed site of the express road and ski resort, is an Emerald Site, Important Plant Area, and, with upwards of 1,500 lepidoptera taxa, a Prime Butterfly Area too. Its 50 plus kinds of mammal include the Balkan chamois, gray wolf, brown bear, and potentially Balkan lynx, which, with less than 50 individuals still in existence, is one of the most endangered cat species worldwide. The area's incredible ability to convey wildlife is in stark contrast to its low potential as a winter sports playground: The combination of few days annually with appropriate weather conditions and the karstic profile of the mountain make it largely unsuitable for a ski-resort. Reacting to the development plans, UNESCO has warned that the projects would represent a case for inscription of the property on the List of World Heritage in Danger. In other words, the region's iconic status may soon be lost. Activists have come under pressure from authorities to discontinue their support for environmentally sustainable solutions. One has been criminally charged, but the charges were later dropped upon a series of police interviews; another received warning at work; a third was advised by members of the ruling party to desist. Comments submitted by OhridSOS as part of an official public consultation process for the express road, ski-resort and several tourism development zones have disappeared and were replaced with a substitute document. Despite requests for an explanation, none has been provided by authorities, the EBRD or Citrus Partners LLP.