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Event for the presentation of the collaboration of Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park with the Geotechnical Chamber of Peloponnese and Western Central Greece for the support of Chelmos- Vouraikos Geopark

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            Event for the presentation of the collaboration of Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park with the Geotechnical Chamber of Peloponnese and Western Central Greece for the support of Chelmos- Vouraikos Geopark.

 

            On Saturday 9th February 2019, the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos and the Geotechnical Chamber of Peloponnese and Western Central Greece, held successfully an event with the presence of a large number of geotechnical, stakeholder and civil representatives, in order to present the collaboration of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos with the Geotechnical Chamber of Peloponnese and Western Central Greece.

The event was honored with the presence of the Secretary- General of the Board of Directors and Agronomist, Mr. Menelaos Gardikiotis. Secretary- General of the Branch and Ichthyologist, Mr. Spyridon Spyropoulos, predicted the event, and subsequently the branch president, Mr. Athanasios Petropoulos, had a speech about the role of the Geotechnical Chamber and its collaboration with the Management Body. On behalf of the Management Body, Dr. Grigoris Iatrou, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Management Body and Emeritus Professor of the Department of Biology, University of Patras had a welcome speech, while, Dr. Georgios Iliopoulos, Associate Professor of Palaeontology and Stratigraphy of the Department of Geology, University of Patras, presented analytical data about Chelmos- Vouraikos Geopark, a Member of UNESCO Global and European Geoparks Network.

The event ended with the cutting of the New Year's Eve cake and the exchange of wishes among the members of the Branch and attendants.

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Participation of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos on the actions of cleaning paths and sites within the Protected Area in cooperation with the Forest Inspection Authority of Kalavryta

Participation of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos on the actions of cleaning paths and sites within the Protected Area in cooperation with the Forest Inspection Authority of Kalavryta

The Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos within the framework of implementing No. 84675/23-3-2018 Joint Ministerial Decision (Official Government Gazette 1510 Β΄) by the Forest Inspection Authority of Kalavryta “about the Promotion of Employment through Programs of Public Interest to the Ministry of Environment and Energy and the Decentralized Administrations, for the fire protection of the forest ecosystems of the Country” and the actions carried out by newly-recruited staff, participated in cleaning paths and sites within the Protected Area.

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The works which took place on 12-15 November 2018, included the removal of garbage from the forest path "Kalavryta Ski Center - Valvousi", the National Road Kalavrita - Ag. Nicholas and the sites "Valvousi" and "Ikonisma" within the Aesthetic forest of Kalavrita. Six Forest Protection Experts, who belong to the staff of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, participated with two 4x4 agency vehicles.

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Intention of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos is to continue similar actions and collaborations with groups, associations and agencies that promote environmental protection.

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Chelmos - Vouraikos UGG, Greece

Chelmos - Vouraikos UGG, Greece

5 June 2018 - World Environment Day

During two days, 4-5 June, in the framework of the educational activities that carried out by the Primary School of Kalavryta, Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body took an active role both with the provision of supporting material and with the presence of the Forest Protection Specialists.

Specifically, on Monday, June 4, the area around the Primary School of Kalavryta, with the help of the Kalavrita Police Department, was appropriately arranged as a traffic education park, with the aim of learning about the importance of road safety and road behavior, guided by their teachers. Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body participated in this effort by the supply of seven mountain bikes and helmets.

Also, on Tuesday 5 June, the World Environment Day, with the presence of the Forest Protection Specialists of the Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body, a guided tour of the educational path "Agios Ioannis-Keramidaki" carried out with students of the 4th and 5th grade of the primary school of Kalavrita and was organized for helping to meet and to be informed about the natural environment of the area.

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“GAIAS MEMORIES: UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARKS GREECE – CYPRUS”

“GAIAS MEMORIES: UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARKS GREECE – CYPRUS”

 

The Exhibition of UNESCO Global InsularGeoparks of Greece and Cyprus participating in the INTERREG GEO-IN project began on 12 October 2018 at the Eugenides Foundation in Athens, having hosted up to 1500 visitors. The Exhibition will stay in Athens until 12 May 2019 and then will travel to Cyprus and to the other Geoparks of the GEO-IN project.

The exhibition organized by Lesvos Petrified Forest Museum,in the framework of the GEO-IN project,with the support of the Geoparks of Lesvos, Psiloritis, Sitia and Troodos of Cyprus, the Museum of Natural History of Crete and the Geological Survey Department of Cyprus. The exhibition hosts exhibits from all the Geoparks of Greece and Cyprus that interpret the geological evolution of the entire eastern Mediterranean and the Greek area, while educational programs for students are offered.

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MEETING for INFORMATION AND AWARENESS: International Day for Disaster Reduction

Kalavryta, 13/10/2018

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MEETING for INFORMATION AND AWARENESS: International Day for Disaster Reduction

Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body successfully held a meeting about the "International Day for the Reduction of Natural Disasters", in the framework of the celebration of the day by the UNESCO Global Geoparks, on Saturday 13th of October 2018, at the Cultural Center of Diakopto, in cooperation with the Department of Geology of the University of Patras.

Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos and Emeritus Professor of the Department of Biology of the University of Patras, Dr. Gr. Iatrou, made an introduction about the National Park and UNESCO Global Geopark of Chelmos-Vouraikos, and the protection and management actions within the Protected Area. Associate Professor of Palaeontology and Stratigraphy, of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras and Scientific Director of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark, Dr. G. Iliopoulos, presented the Natural Disasters of UNESCO Global Geoparks. Managing Director of the Forestry Authority of Aigio, Dr. G. Chronopoulos, talk about Aigialeia Municipality after the destructive Mega-fire of 2007 and the status today, specifically talking about the case of Klokos Mountain, while Mr. Dim. Alexopoulos, Fire Lieutenant of Fire Service of Aigio, referred in general about forest fires. Associate Professor and Director of Seismological Laboratory of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras, Dr. E. Sokos, talk about the seismic hazard in the area of Korinthiakos gulf. Finally, Professor of Tectonics of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras, Dr. I. Koukouvelas, referred on Geological destructive phenomena.

The International Day for Disaster Reduction was started in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly, celebrating how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters. This includes disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness.   This year focuses on Target C of the Sendai Framework, for disaster risk reduction, reducing disaster economic losses in relation to global GDP by 2030.

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Participation of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body in the 1st Development Conference of Kalavryta

September, 2018

Participation of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body

in the 1st Development Conference of Kalavryta

Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body participated actively in the 1st Development Conference of Kalavryta, which took place on Saturday 15th of September 2018 in Kalavryta and was organized by the Municipality of Kalavryta, the PELOPONNISOS newspaper and other development organizations of the region. The aim of the conference was to provide information, knowledge and dialogue on the potential and the prospects of the development of the wider region of the Municipality of Kalavryta, which will be a lever for regional development.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Management Body, Gr. Iatrou, Emeritus Professor of Biology of the University of Patras, attended and presented the possibilities offered by Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park and UNESCO Global Geopark as regards the sustainable development of the area.

Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body can make a substantial contribution to the region's development in a variety of ways. In addition to actions of promotion and protection of the biodiversity of the area, we have integrated the area into the Europark Federation network and with a great effort we have promoted and integrated our unique area into the UNESCO Global Geoparks. We believe in the important role that the Management Body can have in a variety of actions, eg in Alternative Tourism, the extension of the tourism season (beyond the winter period, ski, etc.), Environmental Education, Alternative Agriculture (Aromatic Herbs), etc., with multiple benefits for the local community. This establishes the recognition of Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park as an area with an exceptional geological heritage that enjoys international recognition. The important sights of our region are shown in international magazines and books and advertised in international tourism exhibitions. The purpose of networking is a constant collaboration with local authorities and local communities (producers, entrepreneurs, etc.) to increase the number of visits to the region. Through this recognition, local agencies are given the opportunity to participate in participatory processes, intending to promote the region, to certify local products, to propose measures and solutions, taking at the same time into account environmental protection, proper use of natural resources, the needs of local residents, local businesses and visitors. The opportunity to showcase our region at international level is great and combined with a new form of Ecotourism, Geotourism, make us hoping to bring a breath of development to our region as it has both infrastructure (accommodation, eating establishments) and also important tourist attraction centers (Ski center, Odontotos rack railway, monasteries, international trails).

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VISIT OF MEMBERS OF UNIVERSITY OF BOLIVIA IN CHELMOS - VOURAIKOS NATIONAL PARK WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME

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VISIT OF MEMBERS OF UNIVERSITY OF BOLIVIA

IN CHELMOS - VOURAIKOS NATIONAL PARK

WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME

 

The University of Patras within the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union in order to encourage the university experienced and research knowledge on key issues related to cross-border development (agro-industry, environment and climate change, sustainable tourism and cultural heritage, circular economy) is a member of a network that facilitates the dissemination of local know-how and resource exchange. The scientific and administrative-organizational responsibility of the project on behalf of the University of Patras has the Professor of the Department of Economics, D.Skouras.

On Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 10 Professors of Universities of Bolivia visited Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park, accompanied by Professor Skoura. The Vouraikos gorge was guided by the Forest Protection Specialists of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos. At the premises of the Management Body in Kalavryta, they were welcomed by Dr. Gregory Iatrou, Chairmain, and Eleni Koumoutsou, Project Coordinator and the scientific staff of the Management Body. A tour of the premises and the exhibition took place, while Dr. Iatrou presented the natural heritage and biodiversity of the Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark.

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Participation of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark at the 42nd European Geoparks Network Meeting and at the 8th International Conference of UNESCO Global Geoparks, in Italy

Kalavryta, September 2018

 

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Participation of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark at the 42nd European Geoparks Network Meeting and at the 8th International Conference of UNESCO Global Geoparks, in Italy

Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark with its two representatives, Ms. Eleni Koumoutsou, Environmental Project Coordinator and Dr. Georgios Iliopoulos, Associate Professor of the Geology Department of the University of Patras and scientific associate of Geopark, participated in the 42nd European Geoparks Network Meeting and the 8th International Geopark Conference of UNESCO, held in Adamello - Brenta UNESCO Global Geopark, 8-14 September 2018, in Italy.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the 73 European Geoparks. In Greece there are 5 sites (Lesvos, Psiloritis, Chelmos-Vouraikos, Vikos-Aoos, Sitia) and the Geopark of Cyprus (Troodos) belonging to the European Geoparks Network and they are UNESCO Global Geoparks as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. At the meeting discussed issues common to all members of the Network, including proposals for transnational partnerships with funding projects and activities in the Geopark regions by European Programs.

Excellent organization, impeccable hospitality, high level of presentations, announcements and presentations, featured the 8th International Conference of UNESCO Global Geoparks. We have been given the opportunity to have meetings with colleagues from around the world, to learn good practices and information about the management their Geoparks and how we can use all of this experience that has been developed in the Global Geoparks for a better presence of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark.

The Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos contributes constantly to the promotion of alternative tourism, environmental education, environmental protection and promotion in the National Park area, with multiple benefits for the local community. This establishes the global recognition of Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park as a World Heritage Site with a special geological heritage (beyond unique biodiversity) and enjoys international recognition.

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Participation of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos in the implementation of the work program for the firefighting period by the Kalavrita Forestry Authority

Kalavryta, September 2018

 

Participation of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos in the implementation of the work program for the firefighting period by the Kalavrita Forestry Authority

 

Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos in the context of its implementation of Joint Decision No. 84675/23-3-2018 (FEK B’ 1510) “on the Promotion of Employment through Programs of Public Interest to the Ministry of Environment and Energy and the Decentralized Administrations, for the fire protection of the forest ecosystems of the Country” by Kalavryta Forest Service and contributing to the training of the recruited staff with special seminars, held presentations of the following topics:

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THEMATIC UNITS

10/08/2018

Diseases and Insects of Forest Species

14/08/2018

Protection of wilf Flora and Fauna–

Prorected Areas

 
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eaders for the Information topics were among others, students of the University of Patras, conducting their practice at the Management Body, namely Mr. Golfinopoulos Vasilis from the Department of Geology and Mrs. Loukatou Nikolitsa from the Department of Biology.

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5 June 2018 - World Environment Day

5 June 2018 - World Environment Day

During two days, 4-5 June, in the framework of the educational activities that carried out by the Primary School of Kalavryta, Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body took an active role both with the provision of supporting material and with the presence of the Forest Protection Specialists.

Specifically, on Monday, June 4, the area around the Primary School of Kalavryta, with the help of the Kalavrita Police Department, was appropriately arranged as a traffic education park, with the aim of learning about the importance of road safety and road behavior, guided by their teachers. Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body participated in this effort by the supply of seven mountain bikes and helmets.

Also, on Tuesday 5 June, the World Environment Day, with the presence of the Forest Protection Specialists of the Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body, a guided tour of the educational path "Agios Ioannis-Keramidaki" carried out with students of the 4th and 5th grade of the primary school of Kalavrita and was organized for helping to meet and to be informed about the natural environment of the area.

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