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Collaboration with other Bodies

Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body carries out public benefit actions related to environmental awareness and public awareness. In order to achieve this goal, the Management Body collaborates with the Municipalities of Kalavryta and Aegialia.

Also important is the cooperation of the Management Body with the services of the area (Forest Authority & Fire Service,) with local associations such as “Association of Mountaineering and Skiing of Kalavryta” and “Friends of Odontos Rack Railway”, with the “Environmental Education Centre of Kleitoria – Akrata”, with schools districts and schools of primary and secondary education in the wider region, the “Hellenic Ornithological Society” and other organizations.

Also, the Management Body, in a constant effort to carry out its overall project, as defined by Law 2742/1999 (article 15) and Law 4519/2018 (article 4), cooperates with the competent bodies in issues associated with the National Park and Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark. As part of this effort, the Management Body establishes cooperation agreements which define the rules and the framework for cooperation between the contracting entities.

Specifically:

(1) Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body, with Western Greece Region, Municipality of Kalavryta, Achaia Development Agency SA, Cave of the Lakes, Kalavryta Hotel Association, Association of Mountaineering - Skiing – Climbing and Environmental Protection of Kalavryta, Kalavrita Holocaust Victims Association, Kalavryta Ski Center, Museum of  Kalavrita Holocaust, and a lot of other local cultural associations, through their representatives, and in cooperation with Chamber of Achaia and Odontotos rack railway Diakopto – Kalavrita, in April 2019, concluded a cooperation agreement and established a network called "Regional Network of the Pilot Region of Kalavrita", recognizing the necessity of implementing a framework of actions in administrative, operational, educational, scientific and research level to enhance the efficiency and sustainability of Small and medium-sized enterprises, and to develop entrepreneurship, focusing on the concepts of synergy, networking, extroversion, innovation and volunteering.

(2) Chelmos - Vouraikos Management Body, as a management authority of the homonymous Geopark and Development Agency of Epirus S.A., in December 2018, as a management authority of the Geopark of Vikou-Aoos, concluded a cooperation agreement for common issues concerning "Chelmos-Vouraikos" and "Vikos-Aoos" Geoparks, aiming at a more efficient operation, management, protection and promotion of the two Geoparks in the context of their integration into the UNESCO Global Geoparks.

(3) Chelmos - Vouraikos Management Body and Troodos Development Company, as a management authority of Troodos Geopark, in December 2018, concluded a cooperation agreement aiming at the wide cooperation between the two entities on issues of common scientific interest related to Chelmos -Vouraikos Geopark and Troodos Geopark, and in particular, at the exchange of technical and scientific knowledge and good practices on the management and protection of the geo-diversity, the promotion of the geological heritage and the sustainable development of the areas, mainly through the development of geotourism, in the context of the integration of these areas into the UNESCO European and Global Geoparks Network.

(4)  Chelmos - Vouraikos Management Body and the Geotechnical Chamber of Greece, with the Branch of the Peloponnese and Western Greece, in November 2018, concluded a cooperation agreement, aiming at a wide cooperation between the two entities, on issues of common scientific interest related to the National Park and the Geopark of Chelmos-Vouraikos and in particular, at the provision of technical and scientific knowledge on geotechnical issues within the Protected Area of Chelmos-Vouraikos, in the context of the integration of the area in the European and Global Network of Geoparks under the auspices of UNESCO. They are committed to collaborate on issues related to the National Park and the Geopark of Chelmos-Vouraikos, such as for the provision of scientific knowledge and advice on geotechnical content, for the protection, management and promotion of geotopes within the boundaries of Geopark's responsibility, the protection of natural monuments and natural heritage, the use of good practices in crops, livestock farming and forestry.

(5) The European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas leads to a recognized certification which promotes the practical application of the concept of “sustainable development”. In December 2016, Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park was distinguished by international certification by the European Federation of National Parks and Protected Areas (EUROPARC FEDERATION), located in Regensburg of Germany. The involvement of society and local agencies is a necessary condition for the process of drafting and adopting a strategy for the sustainable tourism development of the region. Strategic planning is a participatory and multilevel process that focuses on the data and needs as they are today and tries to connect them to the desirable situation in terms of tourism development. Based on the above framework and on the initiative of the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Chelmos - Vouraikos Management Body Dr. Iatrou, the local agencies (Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body, Municipality of Aegialia, Municipality of Kalavryta, Agricultural Dairy Cooperative of Kalavryta, Kalavryta Hotel Association, Regional Development Fund of the Region of Western Greece, Achaia Development Agency SA, Kalavryta Ski Center, Public Benefit Corporation of the Municipality of Kalavryta-Cave of the Lakes, Environmental Educational Centre of Kleitoria – Akrata, Tourism Development and Promotion Committee at municipality of Kalavryta, Tourism Development and Promotion Committee at municipality of Aegialia, Quality of Life Committee of municipality of Kalavryta, Quality of Life Committee of municipality of Aegialia, Association of Mountaineering - Skiing – Climbing and Environmental Protection of Kalavryta), through their representatives, with a Memorandum of Cooperation for the development of a sustainable tourism model, agree for the adoption of a sustainable tourism model in the area of Chelmos - Vouraikos. National Park.

(6) Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body and the Department of Geology of the University of Patras - Laboratory of Palaeontology with Dr. Georgios Iliopoulos, Geologist, Assistant Professor, in January 2016, concluded an agreement aiming at the wide cooperation between the two organizations on issues of common scientific interest related to the National Park and the Geopark of Chelmos-Vouraikos and in particular to the provision of technical and scientific knowledge, in the context of the region's integration into the European and Global Geoparks Network under the auspices of UNESCO and the recognition of the site as UNESCO Global Geopark on 17/11/2015, with the creation of a new program of the Geosciences Organization and Geoparks and Geoparks Program.

(7)  Chelmos- Vouraikos Management Body cooperates with Tsakiri Maria, Biologist MSc, as an External Support Partner to the Office of Business Planning of the Management Body, since 2016 up today, by participating in actions related to the continuity of the monitoring programs, the collections of floristic material, compiling scientific material about the design of thematic labels, posters and newsletters, drafting, editing and translating texts in order to enrich and continually update the content of the website of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body, etc.

(8) Chelmos - Vouraikos Management Body collaborates overtime and successfully with professors, postdoctoral researchers and PhD candidates of the Sections of Animal Biology and Plant Biology of the Department of Biology, at the University of Patras, for the provision of technical and scientific knowledge in the field of flora and fauna and as a consequence the conservation, protection and management of the Protected Area of Chelmos-Vouraikos.

 

 

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