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Visit of the Managing Director of the Natural Environment and Climate Change Agency (NECCA), Mr. Konstantinos Triantis, at Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park & UNESCO Global Geopark

Visit of the Managing Director of the Natural Environment and Climate Change Agency (NECCA), Mr. Konstantinos Triantis, at Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park & UNESCO Global Geopark

In the context of the informative visits to the Management Bodies of Protected Areas, on the two days 24 and 25 August 2021, the Managing Director of the Natural Environment and Climate Change Agency and Associate Professor of Biodiversity & Ecosystems, Mr. Konstantinos Triantis, visited Chelmos- Vouraikos Management Body, at Kalavrita. The Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dr. Grigorios Iatrou, Professor of the University of Patras and all the staff of Chelmos- Vouraikos Management Body welcomed the Managing Director of the new agency, where the Management Body will soon join.

A visit and guided tour was made to the Observatory "Aristarchos", located at Neraidorachi,the second highest peak of Mount Chelmos, above the Ski Center of Kalavrita, at an altitude of 2,340 m. The wild beauty of the landscape, with the unobstructed view stretching away in every direction toward the horizon,allows the visitor to gaze at the Gulf of Patras and Corinth and the Ionian Sea, as it is located in the alpine zone of Celmos, which belongs to zone A1 of Chelmos- Vouraikos National Park. A member of the Observatory made a relevant tour of its premises, as it has the largest telescope in the Balkans. The cooperation of Chelmos- Vouraikos Management Body with the Observatory is essential, as they coexist in the direction of scientific knowledge and management of the natural environment.

The next day, a visit was made to the office of the Mayor of Kalavrita, Mr. Athanasios Papadopoulos, who warmly welcomed Mr. K. Triantis together with Dr. Gr. Iatrou and Ms. E. Koumoutsou from Management Body, followed by an interactive discussion on issues within the responsibilities of Management Body and its areas for the object of proper protection, management and promotion of the protected area, while committing itself to its contribution.Finally, in the offices and the Information Center of the Management Body, the Chairman of the Board briefed about the the areas of responsibility and other issues faced by the Management Body. Mr. Triantis analyzed in detail the way of the smooth transition of the Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park to the new Agency and the issues of its operation as a Management Unit of the Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park and Northern Peloponnese Protected Areas. He also acknowledged the important and substantial effort that the staff of the Management Body has made all these years in the issues of protection and management of biodiversity in its area of responsibility, as well as the achievement of the integration of the National Park in the UNESCO Global Geoparks, as a valuable tool for the promotion of the local community. The visit to the offices of Management Body closed with an interactive discussion.

As a Management Body, we hope for a substantial and constructive cooperation with the integration of Chelmos- Vouraikos Management Body in the Natural Environment and Climate Change Agency, for the protection, management and promotion of the areas of responsibility of the new Management Unit.

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"PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 1-15 June 2021"

The Management Body and Chelmos – Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark, in the context of the celebrations of "European Geoparks Week 2021 and World Environment Day" organized the 2nd Amateur Photography Competition from 1st to 15th of June 2021, aiming to the promotion of the Geopark, with photographs that will come exclusively from the Geopark. The participants have the opportunity to choose the subject of their photo among one of the following categories:
1. Geology & Natural Landscape
2. Animals & Plants
3. People of the Geopark
The winners will be judged by a three-member committee, with the prize of publishing the photo in the magazine of the European Geoparks Network.

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"START OF FIRE SEASON"

The Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, with the presence of its representative, participated on Tuesday, 11th of May, in the meeting of the Coordination Local Body for Civil Protection of the Municipality of Kalavrita, occasioned by the start of the fireseason. During this important meeting, among other things discussed, also discussed the actions of fire prevention and fire protection that have been taken, the vegetation cleaning procedures, the reduction of risks and measures to avoid fire, the possibilities of cooperation of the involved authorities, etc.

According to what was said during this meeting of the Coordination Local Body for Civil Protection, and in the context of assisting of competent services (Fire Service, Forest Service, Police, Civil Protection of the Municipality, etc.), the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos proceeded to reformulate its Guarding Plan, which is now applied in the afternoon, but also on weekends / holidays.

For this reason and in the context of prevention actions, an official vehicle with the presence of a Forest Protection Specialist of the Management Body was located in various locations along the gorge, during the 41st Passing of Vouraikos Gorge, that took place on Sunday 6th of June 2021, in order to avoid harmful actions and protect the environment.

 

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SIGNAGE OF THE FOREST PATH “AGIOS NIKOLAOS-AGIOS IOANNIS THEOLOGOS”

The Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, within the framework of its responsibilities regarding the construction and maintenance of hiking trails and in accordance with the current legislation, carried out cleaning and signage of the existing forest path from the location "Agios Nikolaos "in the area of Lousoi to the place “Agios Ioannis Theologos ”in the Aesthetic Forest of Kalavryta.

The works took place on Tuesday, 18th of May 2021, with the assistance of Mr. Spyros Soulis and provided:

  • the construction of stairs at the entrance of the path near provincial road Kalavrita - Klitoria (Lousοι) due to the rocky surfaces and the steep slopes,
  • the placement of two directional signs made of aluminum at the intersections of the path,
  • the discreet signage with placement of color and small aluminum signs in appropriate places and at regular intervals along the path,
  • the configuration of the existing deck of the path by removal of fallen logs - stones and branching of the bush vegetation where it was necessary to facilitate the passage.

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"PARTICIPATION IN THE SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE OF GEOGRAPHY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF THE AEGEAN AND THE 10TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ProGEO"

Chelmos - Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark communicates with the scientific community through its participation with oral and / or posted presentations of its activities in international scientific conferences and with the aim of highlighting and promoting its area of responsibility as an area of special geological value. In this context, the scientific team of the Geopark participated from 2nd to 4th of June, in the Scientific Conference of Geography, which took place online, organized by the University of the Aegean and more specifically the Department of Geography.

During the Conference and in the context of the special session: "UNESCO Global Geopark: Innovative actions for conservation and promotion of Geodiversity" was presented by the scientific associate of the Geopark, Associate Professor G. Iliopoulos, the geomorphological heritage of the geopark with the topic: "UNESCO Global Geoparks and education for sustainability", while during a later session and on the occasion of World Earth Day were presented the information and awareness actions aiming to inhabitants of the area of Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark.

 

At the same time, during the 10th International Symposium ProGEO, which also took place online, between 7th and 10th of June 2021, the evaluation of the Geotopes of Chelmos - Vouraikos Geopark was presented, which took place in the framework of the postgraduate work of the Laboratory of Paleontology & Stratigraphy (Department of Geology, University of Patras).

 

The conferences were attended by many scientists of different scientific fields from around the world and the presentations aroused the interest of the scientific community for the actions carried out in the geopark. The promotion of the Geopark area and our actions will continue both with scientific actions and with actions that concern the communication with the citizens.

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“ACTIONS FOR WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY - EUROPEAN GEOPARKS WEEK 2021”

The Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, in the context of the celebration of the World Environment Day, on 5th of June 2021, participated in information and awareness actions that took place in schools in the area of Kalavryta.

Specifically, at the end of May and the first 10 days of June, departments of the middle and high school of Kalavryta visited the Information Center of the Management Body. Τhe students had the opportunity to be informed through presentations and printed material about the National Park and Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark, the flora and fauna of the protected area, as well as the operation of the Management Body.

In the discussion with the staff of the Management Body, students had the opportunity to ask questions about environmental issues and problems of their area, but also possible suggestions and solutions. In addition, the students were guided to the exhibition that is presented in the same area and had the opportunity to inform about the rich natural, geological and cultural history of their place.

In addition to the information, at the offices of the Management Body, on Wednesday, 2th of June, with the presence of the staff of the Management Body, an educational walk took place with a class of the 3rd grade of the High School of Kalavryta, crossing a signed forest path from the place "Kastro" to the city of Kalavryta, on a route of special natural beauty in the "Aesthetic forest of Kalavryta".

 

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Morover, the participation of the Management Body in the student events and the cooperation with the local schools will be continued and for this reason is planned the provision of bicycles and other equipment for the students and teachers of the Primary School of Kalavryta, in the framework of the implementation of the educational experiential program "Cycling Tour", which will take place on 18th of June 2021, aiming to promote the proper road behavior.

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Participation of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos in the educational project of Kalavryta Primary School

 

«Participation of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos in the educational project of Kalavryta Primary School”

The Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos in the context of cooperation with the local community and its efforts to participate in events of all levels of education, proceeded to provide bicycles and other equipment (protective helmets) to students and teachers of the Primary School of Kalavrita, for the implementation of an educational experiential program "Cycling Tour ", which took place on 18th of June 2021 aiming to promote the proper road behavior.

 

The young students had the opportunity to be taught the rules of proper driving behavior and safety in a classroom lesson and then to practice with the help of their teachers, in a "Cycling Tour ", that followed around the Primary School. Safety on the city streets was ensured by the presence of the Police Department and National Emergency Aid Centre (EKAV) of Kalavrita.

 

 

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"The Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark as a tool for sustainable local development"

Information Day entitled "The Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark as a tool for sustainable local development"

The Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park and UNESCO Global Geopark, on the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May, organized an Information Day entitled " Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark as a tool for sustainable local development". The event took place online on Thursday, May 20, 2021.

The meeting was addressed by the Emeritus Professor of the University of Patras and Chairman of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, Prof. Gr. Iatrou. The event was honored by the "presence" of the Regional Governor of Western Greece Mr. N. Farmakis, the Mayor of Kalavrita Mr. Ath. Papadopoulos and the Professor and Chairman of the Board Board of directors of the Natural Environment and Climate Change Agency (NECCA), Mrs. M. Papadopoulou. Through their brief and targeted interventions, they highlighted the importance of the Geoparks Network and the participation of the region in such a Network and expressed their intention to support the Management Body’s effort for the sustainable development of the local community.

Speeches delivered by the following guest speakers: a) Mr. N. Zouros, Professor, President of Global Geoparks Network Executive Board and Lesvos UNESCO Global Geopark, with a presentation in relation with the promotion of the geological heritage and its contribution to the local development, b) Mr. Ch. Fasoulas, Scientific Responsible of the Psiloritis UNESCO Global Geopark, Coordinator of the Greek Forum of UNESCO Geoparks and Deputy Coordinator of the European Network of Geoparks, with a presentation including important examples of networking and other sustainable development activities, c) Mr. G. Iliopoulos, Associate Professor and Scientific Responsible of the Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark, who briefly presented the geopark spatially and administratively, its unique geodiversity and some of the most emblematic geotopes, and finally, d) Mrs. E. Koumoutsou, Director of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos who presented the actions and plans of the Geopark for sustainable local development, highlighting the initiatives that have been taken and explaining the plans for the immediate future regarding sustainable local development.

The event was addressed to the representatives of the local community after a relevant invitation from the Management Body, as well as to any other interested, as it announced on social media (@chelmosvouraikosgeopark, @ManagementBodyofChelmosVouraikos). It aimed at informing about the goals and actions of the Geopark, communication, beneficial dialogue and exchange of views to establish common goals and practices that will lead to the sustainable development of the region.

The event was attended by representatives of organizations such as Management Body of Ainos National Park and Kefalonia-Ithaca Geopark, Kotychi-Strofilia & Kyparissia Gulf Wetlands Management Body, Vickos-Aoos UNESCO Global Geopark, members of the University of Patras, which the Vice Rector for Research and Development Prof. P. Dimopoulos, members of mountaineering associations, representatives of ACHAIA-DEVELOPMENT SA with which the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos has significant cooperation and municipal councilor of Kalavrita Mr. Magkafas. We welcomed with great pleasure representatives of the local cultural associations "Association of Pankratians of Kalavrita" and Cultural Association of Aliki Aigio "O Agios Nikolaos". Their presence as well as the presence of a limited but important citizens of the local community of Kalavrita and local businessmen fulfilled the purpose of this event and we thank them warmly.

The Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos organized and carried out this event with the aim of maximizing communication with the local community. The main purpose of each Geopark is to promote sustainable development while highlighting the area, the local traditional products, the history and culture of the region and, at the same time, developing more alternative forms of tourism such as geotourism which supports the environment and the local economy and offers different experiences to visitors. On this basis, knowledge of the problems of the local community through communication and the support of residents and entrepreneurs is essential, so that we can all work together for a better future.

We hope that in the future the local community will respond more intensely to such initiatives and we are committed to working in this direction!

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International Mother Earth Day

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Environmental education & International Mother Earth Day -22 April 2021

Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark, actively participating in the initiative of the UNESCO Global Network of Geoparks: "Preparing our common future", during March 2021, has carried out a series of online presentations to students for the geopark’s area. Our “little” friends "saw" some of the most important geotopes of the geopark from the point of view of an amateur geologist! In addition, the students of the 1st and 2nd grade of Kalavryta Gymnasium had the opportunity to vote which geotope they want to visit after the end of the pandemic, showing their preference for the "water" geotopes: "Eye of Ladon", "Lake Doxa" and "Lake Tsivlou".

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On the occasion of the celebration of International Earth Day, on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, the UNESCO Global Geoparks of Greece organized an online conference on "UNESCO Global Geoparks - Actions for Climate Change" and aimed at presenting the actions they have developed for climate change and the possibilities of their use for the implementation of educational actions. The web day was co-organized by the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO, the Hellenic Geoparks Forum and the UNESCO Chair on Geoparks and Sustainable Development of insular and coastal areas, University of the Aegean.

Greece currently hosts six areas that have been recognized as UNESCO Global Geoparks, under the Organization's third site recognition program, the International Geoscience and Geoparks Program (IGGP). These areas are the Geopark of Lesvos, the Geoparks of Psiloritis and Sitia in Crete, the Geopark of Chelmos-Vouraikos in the Peloponnese and the Geopark of Vikos-Aoos in Epirus. Also, on April 21, UNESCO officially announced the inclusion of the Grevena-Kozani Geopark in the list of UNESCO Global Geoparks.

The events in the context of the celebration of the International Mother Earth Day, continued on Thursday, April 22 and the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos in collaboration with the Cultural Association of Lykouria and community volunteers, collected waste at the sites “Chelonospilia” (“Turtle Cave”) and "Ladona Springs".


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Mother Earth Day, 22nd April 2021

Every year on April 22, we celebrate our Mother Earth Day aiming at raising public awareness for environmental issues.
Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark and the Management Body of Chelmos - Vouraikos will participate in various online activities to celebrate the Day!

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