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Integration of the Operation “SUPPORT TO SERVICES AND INFRASTRUCTURES OF CHELMOS-VOURAIKOS UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARK” in CLLD/LEADER 2014-2020

Integration of the Operation“SUPPORT TO SERVICES AND INFRASTRUCTURES OF CHELMOS-VOURAIKOS UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARK”in CLLD/LEADER 2014-2020

Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body, following the call of the local action group (LAG) DEVELOPMENT AGENCY OF ACHAIA S.A. for the submission of applications, integrated the Operation entitled “SUPPORT TO SERVICES AND INFRASTRUCTURES OF CHELMOS-VOURAIKOS UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARK” in Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020, Measure 19:Support for LEADER local development”, Sub-measure 19.2: “LEADER support for the implementation of operations under the community-led local development strategy”, Action 19.2.4: Basic services and village renewal in rural areas, Sub-action 19.2.4.3: “Support for investment in public services and infrastructures of leisure and redevelopment of spaces within settlements, tourist information and small-scale tourist infrastructures (e.g. public spaces, promotion of areas, cycling routes)”, with the total budget of 130.000,00 €.

The Operation is co-financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and will be implemented in the following Subprojects: 1. Development of Geological Mapping of Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark, 2. Production of printed and digital information material for Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark and 3. Signage of Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark.

The purpose of marking the Geotopes and giving prominence to the Geo-trails is to inform, educate (welcome and information signs), and orient (direction signs), creating the required feeling of security for the visitor and giving him the opportunity to plan its course.

Through the implementation of the project it will be possible to give prominence to the geo-trails throughout the Geopark, which will promote the alternative forms of tourism in the area, through the combined promotion of geodiversity and biodiversity, as well as the promotion of sites with archaeological, religious, historical and cultural interest.

Signage with welcome, information and direction signs is required for promoting Geotopes of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark, which have a unique geological history and they are unique landscapes and sites of cultural heritage and tourism interest.

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MEETING for INFORMATION AND AWARENESS for the celebration of the “International Day for Disaster Reduction”

The Meeting for information and awareness for the “International Day for Disaster Reduction” took place with great success and a great audience, at Saturday, 16 November 2019, at BYZANTINO Hotel in Patras. The meeting organized by the Geotechnical Chamber of Greece (Branch of the Peloponnese and Western Greece) in cooperation with the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos – Unesco Global Geopark and the Department of Geology of the University of Patras .

The event, among other, was honored by the presence of the members of Parliament Mr. A. Kastaniotis, Mr. I. Fotilas and Mrs Ch. Alexopoulou , the Vice-Regional governor of the Region of Western Greece Mr. P. Sakellaropoulos, the Mayor of W. Achaia Mr. S. Mylonas, the Mayor of Erymanthos Mr. Th. Mparis, the former Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice & Crisis Management Mr. M. Skandamis, the Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Achaia Mr. G. Petratos, the former Regional Governor of W. Greece Mr. A. Katsifaras, the former Prefects of Achaia Mr. S. Seretis and Mr. D. Katsikopoulos and the former Mayor of Patras Mr. A. Karavolas.

Greetings on the opening of the meeting were given by the official attendees. Mr. Gregory Iatrou, Chairman of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body and Emeritus Professor of the Department of Biology of the University of Patras, delivered a speech presenting Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park and UNESCO Global Geopark as an area of responsibility of the Management Body. Mr. Iliopoulos G., Associate Professor of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras delivered a speech entitled “Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark and Natural Disasters”. Afterwards, speeches delivered by Mr. Zelilidis A., Professor and Chairman of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras about “Geologists' contribution to the prevention of floods, landslides and coastal erosions”, by Mr. Katsaros D., Forester MSc PhD, Director of Civil Protection of the Decentralized Administration of Peloponnese, Western Greece and the Ionian about "Innovative practices in the service of civil protection" and by Mr. Nikolakopoulos K., Associate Professor of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras about “New technologies in dealing with natural disasters”. Finally, speeches delivered by Mr. Sokos E., Associate Professor of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras delivered a speech entitled “The seismic hazard in the area of Western Greece” and by Mr. Depountis N., Assistant Professor of the Department of Geology, University of Patras entitled “Landslides: A timeless phenomenon with unpredictable consequences”.

The purpose of the meeting and of all the presentations was to inform and raise public awareness of the prevention and reduction of natural disasters and the effects of climate change. An urgent need for cooperation between responsible agencies and the state was also showcased.

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. “Sendai Seven" campaign was launched in 2016 by UNDRR which is centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework.

This year’s theme is based on Target “D” of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030: “Substantially reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption services, among them health and education facilities, including through developing their resilience by 2030”.

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MEETING for INFORMATION AND AWARENESS for the celebration of the “International Day for Disaster Reduction”

The Geotechnical Chamber of Greece (Branch of the Peloponnese and Western Greece) in cooperation with the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos – Unesco Global Geopark and the Department of Geology of the University of Patras organize the Meeting for Information and Awareness entitled International Day for Disaster Reduction”, which will take place at Saturday, 16 November 2019, at 10:30 am, at BYZANTINO Hotel (106 Riga Fereou Street) in Patras.


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The Information Day of the European Project INHERIT was successfully held

The Information Day of the European Project INHERIT was successfully held

The Information Day of the European Project INHERIT was successfully held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at the Paleologina Mansion in Kalavryta.

Greetings on the opening of the Information Day were given by the Mayor of Kalavrita, Mr. Thanasis Papadopoulos, and the Deputy Mayor of Aigialia, Mr. Nikolaos Karaiskos. The INHERIT project and its pilot actions were then presented in detail. The project was presented by Mr. Christos Bouras, Professor of the Department of Computer Engineering & Informatics, of the University of Patras. Mr. Gregory Iatrou, Chairman of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body and Emeritus Professor of the Department of Biology of the University of Patras, delivered a speech on Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park and the actions of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body. Mr. Panagiotis Dimopoulos, Professor of the Department of Biology, of the University of Patras and Mr. Vassilios Kokkinos, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Computer Engineering & Informatics and member of the INHERIT project team, also gave a speech.

The University of Patras participates in the European project INHERIT (https://inherit.interreg-med.eu/) which is implemented under the "INTERREG MED" Programme. The project involves 15 partners and 3 support partners from 10 Mediterranean countries headed by the Peloponnese Region. The project aims to protect and promote the natural heritage of Mediterranean coastal and marine tourist destinations.

Also an important objective of the project is the establishment of "INHERITURA" areas, coastal areas of the Mediterranean with a natural heritage, tourism areas, with high tourist activity, which take actions to protect and exploit the environment through bottom-up activities. For the University of Patras, the candidate area "INHERITURA" is Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park, where the pilot actions of the INHERIT project are expected to take place.

Promoting the area as an 'INHERITURA' area will bring a number of benefits such as increasing traffic to the area while simultaneously increasing recreation and food service activities, creating an added value for the owners of the area and creating branded agricultural products with the aim of generating an additional income by promoting them to the local market.

Through this Information Day, a working group was formed to prepare the application file for the designation of the Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park as 'INHERITURA' area, where the pilot activities of the INHERIT project are expected to take place.

In the following link you can find the material of the Information Day:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1w4RoPvzajh1sj7wLP-x0ztqLPHR6Csxc

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Celebration of the “European Bird Day 2019”– Eurobirdwatch 2019

Celebration of the “European Bird Day 2019”

Chelmos - Vouraikos Management Body (CVMB), responding to the invitation of the Hellenic Ornithological Society and in collaboration with the Environmental Education Centre of Kleitoria – Akrata organized a series of educational activities for the Kindergarten and the Elementary School of Kalavryta.

On Monday, October 7th, representatives of the CVMB visited the Kindergarten of Kalavryta and gave an informational speech in order to familiarize toddlers with birds and their migratory practice. They also showed them photos and audio material from migratory birds found in the area.

On Wednesday & Thursday, October 9th & 10th students from the Elementary School of Kalavryta visited the premises of the Chelmos - Vouraikos Management Body for the celebration of European Bird Day 2019. The activities’ goal was not only to educate and inform students but also to entertain them.

In more detail for both days, the program is as follows:

  • 09:00 – 09:45: Students visited the CVMB premises. They got informed about the basic characteristics of birds, their migratory practice and its importance as well as about the migratory birds that can be found in the area.
  • 09:45- 10:00: Construction of a bird feeder for placement at school.
  • 10:30 -11:30: Hiking in a small part of the trail Ski Center - Kalavryta, in the area of Kastro - Ag. Ioannis. During the hike students were given the chance to hear some birds’ sounds, get acquainted with the birds’ habitat and discuss about possible threats.
  • 11:30 -13:00: Arriving at Ag. Ioannis area. Students participated in some experiential learning activities a) Activating my senses in the forest- what do I hear/see/taste? b) Learning the migratory birds’ voices - acoustic monitoring with bird sound identification. In addition they played environmental games (learning how to orient themselves using a map and a compass) and they birdwatched using binoculars and telescopes.

Students and their teachers were very excited to participate in such activities as they were given the opportunity to connect deeper with nature, learn useful information and discuss possible threats that migratory birds may face.

The European Bird Day was the first global event organized by BirdLife International for the first time on October 9-10, 1993 in more than 100 countries and takes place every year on the first weekend of October.

The main purpose of the event is to inform - raise public awareness of the need to protect migratory birds, as well as their breeding areas, their intermediate stations of their migratory routes and their breeding grounds.

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Participation of the Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body in the “INHERIT” project Information Day

Participation of the Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body in the “INHERIT” project Information Day

On Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 10am an informational Day of the European project “INHERIT” will be held at the “Palaiologina Mansion” at Kalavryta.

The European project “INHERIT” is being implemented in the framework of the "INTERREG MED" Programme with the aim of protecting and promoting natural heritage in Mediterranean coastal and maritime tourist destinations.

The project involves 15 partners and 3 support partners from 10 Mediterranean countries, headed by the Peloponnese Region. University of Patras is participating as a partner with Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park as a candidate area "INHERITURA", where the pilot actions of the INHERIT project are expected to take place. An important objective of the project is the establishment of "INHERITURA" areas, coastal areas of the Mediterranean with a natural heritage, tourism area, with high tourist activity, which take actions to protect and exploit the environment through bottom-up activities. .

During the Information Day, the INHERIT project will presented in detail and its pilot actions. The project will be presented by Mr. Christos Bouras, Professor of Department of Computer Engineering & Informatics, University of Patras. Mr. Gregory Iatrou, Chairman of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body and Emeritus Professor of Department of Biology of the University of Patras, will deliver a speech on Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park and the actions of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body. Mr. Panagiotis Dimopoulos, Professor of Department of Biology, University of Patras, will also give a speech on the contribution of the LIFE IP 4 NATURA project to the protection of the natural environment. Finally, Mr. Vassilios Kokkinos, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Computer Engineering & Informatics and member of the INHERIT project team, will also give a speech on Pilot Actions in the context of the INHERIT project.

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Integration of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body in the Operational Programme «Transport Infrastructure, Environment and Sustainable Development 2014 - 2020», in the Act “Funding of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body for management actions for protected ar

Integration of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body in the Operational Programme «Transport Infrastructure, Environment and Sustainable Development 2014 - 2020», in the Act “Funding of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body for management actions for protected areas, species and habitats".

Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body integrated in the Operational Programme «Transport Infrastructure, Environment and Sustainable Development 2014 - 2020», in the Act “Funding of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body for management actions for protected areas, species and habitats”, with total budget 921.130,00 €.

The physical object of the act is related with the funding of management actions aimed at protecting and preserving the biodiversity of the Chelmos - Vouraikos Management Body, according to Law 4519/2018.

The funded actions aim at (a) improving the conservation status of habitat and species included in Directives 92/43/EEC and 2009/147/EC, whose conservation status is unsatisfactory or poor or of a satisfactory or of an unknown degree and in need of repeated management or protection, (b) environmental awareness and raising of the local community, local stakeholders and the public visiting the area on biodiversity issues, and (c) networking of Management Bodies of Protected Areas each other for the purpose of co-operation, exchange of know-how, experience and good practice, through the simultaneous training of staff by experts in the field of biodiversity conservation.

The physical object of the Act conforms with the actions of the Specific Objective 32 (Reducing Biodiversity Loss and Degradation of Ecosystem Functions) of the investment priority 6iii of the Priority Axis 14 of the Operational Programme, promoting the implementation of Directives 92/43/EEC and 2009/147/EC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora and on the conservation of wild birds.

Management actions to be implemented are:

  1. Promotion of the actions of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body in the context of the Operational Programme "Transport Infrastructure, Environment and. Sustainable Development" (OP TIESD).
  2. Support the participation of the Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body in the European Geoparks Network and Global Geoparks Network.
  3. Action of scientific documentation and development of know-how related to the implementation of the National and European Strategy on Biodiversity and Organization and Support of Workshops.
  4. Scientific support for the identification of micro-reserves of important species of flora in the area of responsibility of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body.
  5. Planning for fire protection of habitats in the Protected area of Vouraikos River.
  6. Evaluation of carrying capacity of Vouraikos River Gorge.
  7. Recording the pressures in the area of responsibility of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body for the protection and sustainable management of aromatic and medicinal plants.
  8. Assessment of the status of ecosystems in the area of responsibility of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body.
  9. Investigation of the implementation of conservation measures about endemic fish species in Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park.
  10. Study for the recovery of broadleaf forests from coppice to high-forests.
  11. Establishment of plant micro-reserves.
  12. Reintroduction of the local endemic plant species Silene conglomeratica.

and they are included in four (4) work packages:

‐ WorkPackage1: Promotion of the actions of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body in the context of the Operational Programme "Transport Infrastructure, Environment and. Sustainable Development" (OP TIESD).

‐ WorkPackage 2: Networking/ Technical knowledge/ Scientific documentation.

‐ WorkPackage 3: Implementation of species and habitat monitoring activities and / or studies (technical and non-technical).

‐ WorkPackage 4: Management actions aimed at improving the conservation status of species and habitat types in the area of responsibility of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body.

The implementation of management actions will contribute positively to the natural richness of the region and thus to its ecotourism development. After all, the ecotourism development of each region strengthens its economy without creating problems to the sustainable management of the environment.

Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body throughout the implementation of the project and until its completion, on December 31, 2023 will inform the public in detail through meetings and workshops.

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Chelmοs-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark participates in the 44th European Geoparks Network Meeting & the 15th Conference of the European Geoparks Network in Spain

Chelmοs-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark participates

in the 44th European Geoparks Network Meeting

& the 15th Conference of the European Geoparks Network in Spain

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 44th European Geoparks Network Meeting and the 15th Conference of the European Geoparks Network, that took place in Cazalla de la Sierra (Sierra Norte de Sevilla UNESCO Global Geopark) in Spain, on September 23-28, 2019.

The meeting was attended by representatives of 73 European Geoparks. In Greece there are 5 areas (Lesvos, Psiloritis, Chelmos-Vouraikos, Vikos-Aoos, Sitia), as well as the Geopark of Cyprus (Troodos), which belong to the European Geoparks Network and as UNESCO Global Geoparks they are also 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 marked the 15th Conference of the European Geoparks Network in Spain. Mr. Socrates Tsakos, Architect-Civil Engineer and External Partner of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, presented the new labelling of the Geotopes of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global. During the conference, we were given the opportunity to have meetings with colleagues from other Geoparks, 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.

In the GGN News Feed (on 23rd September 2019) it was announced, inter alia, that the evaluation of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark, by UNESCO assessors in summer 2019, was successful, receiving a green card and remaining on the Network for the next 4 years, until the next evaluation.

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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Chelmos - Vouraikos Management Body celebrates “European Bird Day 2019”


Chelmos - Vouraikos Management Body celebrates “European Bird Day 2019” 

Chelmos - Vouraikos Management Body, responding to the invitation of the Hellenic Ornithological Society and in collaboration with the Environmental Education Centre of Kleitoria - Akrata, invites you to the European Bird Day - Eurobirdwatch 2019, which will take place on Wednesday 9th October and Thursday 10th October 2019.

In more detail for both days, the program is as follows:

  • 09:00 - 09:45: Visit at the premises of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body, presentation, preview of educative videos and distribution of informative material for local birds and migratory birds.
  • 09:46 - 10:00: Construction of a bird feeder for placement at school.
  • 10:30 -11:30: Hiking in a small part of the trail Ski Center - Kalavryta, in the area of Kastro - Ag. Ioannis
  • 11:30 -13:00: Birdwatching with binoculars and telescopes, acoustic monitoring with bird sound identification and environmental games and activities. Information material will be distributed during the event.

The European Bird Day was the first global event organized by BirdLifeInternational for the first time on October 9-10, 1993 in more than 100 countries and takes place every year on the first weekend of October.

The main purpose of the event is to inform - raise public awareness of the need to protect migratory birds, as well as their breeding areas, their intermediate stations of their migratory routes and their breeding grounds.

Entrance is free to all visitors.


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The largest colony of bats in Greece was discovered!

The largest colony of bats in Greece was discovered!

In the framework of the programme Life Grecabat, one of the most important winter colonies in Europe was recorded in the non-visitable part of the Cave of the Lakes in Kastria of Achaia, as it hosts more than 18,000 bent-wing bats (Miniopterus schreibersi) and nine additional species in various seasons of the year. This record was made in collaboration with the Management of the Cave and Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body.

The project Life Grecabat implements conservation actions in 10 selected NATURA 2000 sites in Greece (from Crete to Evros) and also inform and train the involved stakeholders. It aims to improve the conservation status of 10 bat species (of Community interest, Annexes II-IV of Directive 92/43/EEC) and selected caves (Habitats Type 8310, Annex I to Directive 92/43/EEC), while is helping the survival of the unique cave fauna (dozens of endemic species of insects and other invertebrates live exclusively in one or more caves of Greece).

It is the first nationwide effort to manage, protect and promote bats, caves and cave life. It is intended to be an example of their integrated management at national level.

For more information visit the official website of Life Grecabat: https://www.lifegrecabat.eu/el

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