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Ziria Music Festival 2019

11th Ziria Music Festival (29-31 of August 2019)

The 11thZiria Music Festival took place on 29-31 of August at Ziria Ski Center. Ziria Music Festival attracts a lot of people every year and hosts not only music concerts but also various activities including walking in the forest, hiking, astronomy lessons, sky observation, visits in Ermis cave etc. aiming to familiarize participants with nature. There is a great concern for the environment as every activity is structured so that it has the least environmental impact on the site. There is a strict directive towards fires so that there is a limited fire danger. As far as the waste management is concerned, there is a zero waste approach and an organized recycling plan.

The representatives of the Chelmos – Vouraikos Management Body visited the area on Friday, August 30th and met with the organizing committee of the festival. Among other, they discussed about the environmental value of the area and the initiatives of the festival in order to protect the environment. Also, the representatives got informed about the informative events and actions that took place during the festival (a musical theater performance about composting, talks about the environment and informative leaflets from the Chelmos Vouraikos Management Body).

Mount Killini (Ziria) is a NATURA 2000 site (GR2530001) and a Special Protection Area for birds (GR2530006). Since Febuary2018 it is included in the list of areas for supervision from the Chelmos Vouraikos Management Body. Within the area’s limits unique (endemic) fauna and flora species can be found as well as various geological formations. Music Ziria Festival is an event whichin cooperation with the Chelmos Vouraikos Management Body, can become a great opportunity to inform, raise awareness and educate people about NATURA 2000 sites.

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Newsletter, Issue 9 - June 2019

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Evaluation of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark on 22nd to 26th July 2019

«Evaluation of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark on 22nd to 26th July 2019»

The area of the Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park, belonging since 2015to the UNESCO Global Geoparks, was evaluated by UNESCO assessors, the week of 22nd to 26th July 2019.

In its 12 years of operation, Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body, in addition to its important core responsibility for the monitoring and conservation of biodiversity in the National Park and the awareness-raising of locals and visitors, has also succeeded in integrating the Protected Site into the Geological Monuments of the World Heritage, under the title "UNESCO Global Geoparks", as well as in the EUROPARC Network with the certification "European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas".

On the first day, Monday, July 22 in the afternoon, at Paleologina's Mansionan open event was held to welcome UNESCO assessors, with presentations of all the activities of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body for the protection and promotion of the Chelmos- Vouraikos National Park and the UNESCO Global Geopark, for the period from the previous evaluation, in 2015, to the present, headed by the President of the Management Body, Mr. Gregoris Iatrou, Emeritus Professor of the Department of Biology, University of Patras. Present were the Mayor of Kalavryta, Mr. G. Lazouras, the Director of the Agricultural Dairy Cooperative of Kalavryta and the newly elected Mayor of Kalavryta, Mr. Ath. Papadopoulos, the Chairman of the Regional Council of Western Greece & Peloponnese and earlier member of the Management Body, Mr. G. Aggelopoulos, a representative of the Geotechnical Chamber of Western Greece and Peloponnese, the Foresters of Aigio and Kalavryta, many members of the Board of Directors of the Management Body, and a lot of other important representatives of local community agencies and services.

In the following days, guided tours were held within the Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park and Geopark and meetings with representatives of the production agencies and services of the area, who are also partners of the Geopark, with the common aim of protecting, promoting and recognizing the area due to its unique Geodiversity and Biodiversity.

The contribution of Mr. G. Iliopoulos, Associate Professor of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras and the Laboratory of Paleontology and Stratigraphy, as the official scientific collaborator of the Management Body, and the Architect-Civil Engineer, Mr. S. Tsakos for the new labelling of the Geotopes of the Geopark were great for the whole evaluation period.

The protected area includes 40 important Geotopes and 10 of them belong to the GeoPoints of National Importance (the geotopes in Vouraikos Gorge, Cave of the Lakes, Mega Spilaio), ie geological areas of particular scientific, aesthetic, educational value but also archaeological, ecological, historical or cultural interest.

Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark covers an area of 647 km2 and the largest part of it is in the Region of Western Greece. It presents a unique geological history and it hosts very important biodiversity, unique landscapes, cultural heritage sites and excellent scientific, educational and tourist infrastructure such as the Cave of the Lakes, the Aroanios River Springs in Planitero, the Vouraikos Gorge with its unique Odontotos rack railway Diakofto - Kalavrita, Tsivlou Lake, Doxa Lake, the facilities of the Environmental Center of Klitoria - Akrata in Klitoria, the facilities of the Ski Center, the Aristarchos Telescope etc

 

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Evaluation of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark on 22nd to 26th July 2019

The area of the Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park, belonging since 2015to the UNESCO Global Geoparks, will be evaluated by UNESCO assessors, namely Mr. Dan Grigorescu from Romania and Mr. Bojan Režun from Slovenia, the week of 22nd to 26th July 2019.

In its 12 years of operation, Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body, in addition to its important core responsibility for the monitoring and conservation of biodiversity in the National Park and the awareness-raising of locals and visitors, has also succeeded in integrating the Protected Site into the Geological Monuments of the World Heritage, under the title "UNESCO Global Geoparks", as well as in the EUROPARC Network with the certification "European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas".

The protected area includes 40 important Geotopes and 10 of them belong to the GeoPoints of National Importance (the geotopes in Vouraikos Gorge, Cave of the Lakes, Mega Spilaio), ie geological areas of particular scientific, aesthetic, educational value but also archaeological, ecological, historical or cultural interest.

Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark covers an area of 647 km2 and the largest part of it is in the Region of Western Greece. It presents a unique geological history and it hosts very important biodiversity, unique landscapes, cultural heritage sites and excellent scientific, educational and tourist infrastructure such as the Cave of the Lakes, the Aroanios River Springs in Planitero, the Vouraikos Gorge with its unique Odontotos rack railway Diakofto - Kalavrita, Tsivlou Lake, Doxa Lake, the facilities of the Environmental Center of Klitoria - Akrata in Klitoria, the facilities of the Ski Center, the Aristarchos Telescope etc.

Our goal is to meet the requirements of the assessors as set by UNESCO, both in the field of guided tours of important Geopark Geotopes, as well as in cooperation with the local authorities and bodies of the region, so that the area will remain on the list of the Geological Monuments of the World Heritage for the next 4 years and to receive the "Green Card", with the benefits that this entails for the recognition of the area at a global level in terms of geodiversity and biodiversity.

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Educational activities for the academic year 2018-2019

    The Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body (CVMB), in terms of its informative role, carried out a lot of educational activities, during the academic year of 2018-2019, in co-operation with the Environmental Education Centre of Kleitoria- Akrata.

    The Management Body organized an interactive presentation event series at the Exhibition Centre of the CVMB about the National Park & UNESCO Geopark of Chelmos- Vouraikos, for Greek schools. The aim of the presentation was not only to inform students about the National Pak & UNESCO Geopark and the role of the Management Body in the area but also to educate and alert them about environmental issues.

    During the academic year of 2018- 2019 the following schools visited the Chelmos- Vouraikos Management Body: 1st Secondary school of Kalymnos, Secondary school of Iolkos, Secondary school of Sitia, 1st Secondary school of Neapoli Lakonias, 4th High school of Petroupoli, 2nd High school of Gerakas, High school of Kalavryta,Vocational Senior High school of Kalavryta and a group of volunteer students from Patras Science Festival.

    Except of the activities above, students, also, went walking at different hiking trails of the area, accompanied by the staff of the Management Body, in order to admire the unique fauna and flora.

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CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2019

The Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body (CVMB) participated in a lot of different events to celebrate World Environment Day 2019.

On June 5th the Primary school of Sofiko visited the Exhibition Centre of the CVMB. Students attended an interactive presentation about the National Park & Global Geopark of Chelmos- Vouraikos, the fauna and flora of the protected area and the role of the CVMB in the area. In addition, students were given the opportunity to get informed and ask the staff of the CVMB questions about the environment and to suggest ideas and solutions for an environmentally- friendly way of every day life.

On June 8th, during 11:00 a.m. – 14:00 p.m., the CVMB, the Management Body of Kotychi and Strofylia Wetlands and the Messolonghi Lagoon Management Body met at Riga Feraiou and Ermou streets, in Patras, where they organized an ‘on spot’ event. The aim of the event was to inform and raise awareness of the public through photo galleries and informative leaflets about the protected areas and the rear species of fauna and flora you can meet there. The staff of the Management Bodies were also there to answer questions and to inform people about the ecological and aesthetic value of the protected areas as well as about the special legislation that applies there.

5th of June was designated World Environment Day by the UN General Assembly in 1974, as a way to raise global awareness of environmental issues. World Environment Day is celebrated every year since then, not only to remind us the importance of the environment for human beings and the conservation of the planet in general, but also to emphasize our responsibility towards the next generation to protect it.

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Participation of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body at the “2nd International Conference on the UNESCO Global Geoparks of Greece and Cyprus”, in Nicosia.

Participation of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body at the “2nd International Conference on the UNESCO Global Geoparks of Greece and Cyprus”, in Nicosia.

    The official representatives of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark, Dr. George Iliopoulos, Associate Professor of the Geology Department of the University of Patras and Scientific Director of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark, and Eleni Koumoutsou, Environmentalist and Project Coordinator of the Management Body, participated in the 2nd International Conference on the UNESCO Global Geoparks of Greece and Cyprus”, in Nicosia, on May 16 - 18, 2019. The conference was under the theme Promotion of the geological and mining heritage, enhancement of geo-education and development of geo-tourism

    The Conference was organized by the Geological Survey Department and Troodos Unesco Global Geopark in Cyprus, and representatives of the 5 Greek Geoparks participated. There are 5 Geoperks in Greece (Lesvos, Psiloritis, Chelmos-Vouraikos, Vikos-Aoos, Sitia) and also, the Geopark of Cyprus (Troodos) that belong to the European Geoparks Network and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Conference presented these areas, while valuable presentations were made by scientific specialists on geotourism and sustainable local development, geo-education, geological and mining heritage, natural heritage and the environment, cultural heritage and web applications for the promotion of Geoparks.

    At present, there are 147 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 41 countries. This number is steadily rising, as many regions around the world are asking to join this network. UNESCO Global Geoparks have as their main aim the protection of our planet's geo-diversity in cooperation and for the benefit of local communities.

    Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body contributes to the promotion of alternative tourism, environmental education, protection and environmental promotion within the National Park, with multiple benefits for the local community. This establishes the recognition of Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park as UNESCO monument with a special geological heritage (beyond unique biodiversity) and enjoys international recognition.

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Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos participation at the 11th Working Meeting of Certified Protected Areas in Sustainable Tourism - Europarc

   The Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, through the representatives NicolaosTopouzidis, Geologist and George Rousinos, Forester, participated in the 11th workshop of certified protected areas in sustainable tourism - Europarc, entitled "The social and cultural impacts of tourism: exploring a sustainable response" which was organized by the Management Body of the Tzoumerka, Acheloos, Agrafa and Meteora Valley in Pramanta, of Northern Tzoumerka, from 9 to 11 April 2019.

    Biannually, the Europarc network, which implements the Sustainable Tourism methodology in protected areas, meets in order to exchange experiences and best practices. It seeks to bring the partnerships closer together, to reward the social, economic and environmental benefits of an area, respecting existing culture, while at the same time achieving growth and development. It is a challenge to balance these competitive requirements.

    In its 11 years of operation, the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, in addition to its important core responsibility for monitoring and preserving biodiversity within the National Park and informing local resident and visitor awareness, has succeeded in integrating the protected area into the Europarc Networkwith the certification "European Charter for Sustainable Tourism" and the Geological World Heritage Sites, entitled "UNESCO Global Geoparks". Through these networking tools, it seeks to contribute to the promotion of alternative tourism, environmental education, environmental protection and promotion activities within the National Park area, with multiple benefits for the local community.

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Participation of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body in a Programme of the Region of Western Greece (Territorial Cooperation Programme Greece - Italy 2014-2020) entitled "Customer Intelligence for inNOVAtive Tourism ECosystems -CI-NOVATEC"

   Within the framework of the implementation of the European project CI-NOVATEC, the Region of Western Greece, as the Lead Partner, has chosen the region of Kalavryta for the pilot implementation of this project. The project, adopting an innovative methodology, aims to satisfy the collection of data based on visitor experiences that will be used to facilitate business and political decisions in order to create an added value for the local tourism ecosystem.

   The purpose of the project and the role of the Region of Western Greece is to record and evaluate the experiences of the visitors in relation to the simple or complex services that they receive at their destination. The purpose and role of the members of the regional networks is to mobilize the tourists in order to participate for achieving the maximum response of completing the questionnaires. In this way, the collection of tourists-visitors reactions, at the same time with the region’s strengthening and empowering, will be achieved.

   For this reason a cooperation protocol was signed by the Region of Western Greece, the Municipality of Kalavryta, Achaia Development Agency SA, the Kalavryta Ski Center, the Cave of the Lakes, the Municipal Museum of Kalavritan Holocaust and various other associations in the tourism sector within the wider area of the Municipality of Kalavryta. With this cooperation, a network was established under the name "Regional Network of Kalavryta as a Pilot Region", with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of visitors in the area. Scientist responsible for the CI-NOVATEC project and its platform is University of Patras - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

   Chelmos- Vouraikos Management Body contributes through the electronic platform to the transfer of data and elements of biodiversity and geodiversity to the visitors within Chelmos- Vouraikos National Park, aiming at increasing alternative forms of tourism such as ecotourism, geotourism, etc. It is remarkable that the region has been recognized as a "UNESCO Global Geopark" since 2015.

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Participation of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body at the 43rd European Geoparks Network Meeting in Germany

Participation of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body at the 43rd European Geoparks Network Meeting in Germany

The official representatives of Chelmos-Vouraikos Unesco Global Geopark, Mr. Georgios Iliopoulos, Associate Professor of the Department ofGeology of the University of Patras and Scientific Associate of Geopark and Mrs Eleni Koumoutsou, Project Coordinator of the Management Body, participated in the 43rd European Geoparks Network Meeting in the Swabian Alps UNESCO Global Geopark, Aalen in Germany, on March 25 - 29, 2019.

Representatives of 73 European Geoparks attended the meeting. In Greece, there are 5 areas (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.

Also, Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark participates in aworking groupthat deals with lignite and mining activities withinGeoparks and aims to establish and follow a common guide for all Geoparks of this group.

On the 2nd day, a Local Products Exhibition was held including all Geopark, giving the opportunity to all participantsto meet and taste flavors from many regions of Europe. In the exhibition there was a Greek kiosk with flavors and pictures from Achaia, Lesvos, Ioannina and Crete and Cyprus.

We have been given the opportunity to have meetings with colleagues from around Europe, to learn good practices and information about the management their Geoparks and learn 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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