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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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Preparing our common future!

"Which geosite do you want to visit after the pandemic ends?"

The Chelmos Vouraikos UGGp participating to the UNESCO Global Geoparks initiative "Preparing our common future", during March 2021, has carried out a series of online presentations to students of the geoapark 's area.

Our "little" friends have gained a different perspective for some of the most important geosites of our geopark, this time as amateur geologists! We have all together envisioned our future - when the great adventure of the pandemic has ended- visiting our favorite geosites again and discover the magic of geology…

The students of the 1st and 2nd grade of Kalavryta Gymnasiun, answering to the question "which geosite do you want to visit after the pandemic ends" they gave as a clear message about the power of water. They voted for the magnificent geosites: Ladon's eye, Doxa and Tsivlou Lakes!

We, on our turn, hope that this global crisis can help us schedule our future through a different perspective- because NATURE IS THE FUTURE!

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PRACTICE OF YOUNG PEOPLE FROM GERMANY IN GREEK GEOPARKS ACTION OF THE HELLENIC COMMISSION FOR UNESCO, 2021

PRACTICE OF YOUNG PEOPLE FROM GERMANY IN GREEK GEOPARKS

ACTION OF THE HELLENIC COMMISSION FOR UNESCO, 2021


A new initiative of the Greek National Commission for UNESCO enables the Βοdies that manage areas with recognition by UNESCO to host young people from Germany for internships.

The idea is for young people to join as volunteers in the Greek Geoparks in order to gain work experience involving in actions to promote the natural and geological heritage and awareness actions of young people (schools, universities) who visit the geoparks for activities in nature. The action is funded by the German National Commission for UNESCO and covers all the expenses for the young people who will come as volunteers to the Geoparks.

In the framework of this Action for youth, the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, as the responsible authority of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark, has been hosting two young people in its offices since October for a six-month internship. Also, in March 2021 two new volunteers arrived, who will remain for their internship at Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark, until September 2021.

The health protocol to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus has been followed during the arrival of the new volunteers.

 

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International Mountain Day

Chelmos Vouraikos UGGp is participating to the celebration of the International Mountain Day!
The imposing Chelmos mountain is where the heart of our geopark is beating. It is composed of imestone rocks and combines unique geoheritage (glacial and karstic landforms, faults and folds) and rich biodiversity (endemic species protected by Natura network). Its great aesthetic value is perceived through walking in the forest of Abies cephalonica or admiring the great view from the high peaks. People are living in the shadow of this mountain since ancient times as implied by the rich mythology. Nowadays people are exploiting its rich natural resources.
Let’s protect the mountains so we can breathe and admire the miracle of nature!
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PRACTICE OF YOUNG PEOPLE FROM GERMANY IN GREEK GEOPARKS ACTION OF THE HELLENIC COMMISSION FOR UNESCO

PRACTICE OF YOUNG PEOPLE FROM GERMANY IN GREEK GEOPARKS

ACTION OF THE HELLENIC COMMISSION FOR UNESCO

A new initiative of the Greek National Commission for UNESCO enables the Βοdies that manage areas with recognition by UNESCO to host young people from Germany for internships.

The idea is for young people to join as volunteers in the Greek Geoparks in order to gain work experience involving in actions to promote the natural and geological heritage and awareness actions of young people (schools, universities) who visit the geoparks for activities in nature. The action is funded by the German National Commission for UNESCO and covers all the expenses for the young people who will come as volunteers to the Geoparks.

In the framework of this Action for youth, the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, as the responsible authority of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark, has been hosting two young people in its offices since October for a six-month internship.

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Participation of the Chelmos - Vouraikos Geopark in the web meeting of UNESCO Global Geoparks in Greece and Cyprus entitled “Facing Modern Challenges”

Participation of the Chelmos - Vouraikos Geopark

in the web meeting of UNESCO Global Geoparks in Greece and Cyprus

entitled “Facing Modern Challenges”

Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark with the Management Body of Chelmos - Vouraikos successfully participated in the web meeting organized by the UNESCO Global Geoparks of Greece and Cyprus on Wednesday, November 11th, 2020. The title of the meeting was "Facing Modern Challenges”.

The web meeting of the UNESCO Global Geoparks of Greece and Cyprus was a co-organization of the Greek National Commission for UNESCO, the Hellenic Geoparks Forum and the UNESCO Headquarters for Geoparks and the Sustainable Development of Island and Coastal Areas, University of the Aegean.

The main goal of the web meeting was to present the actions developed by the UNESCO Global Geoparks of Greece and Cyprus during the difficult period of the pandemic. Also, during the meeting, information was provided about candidate areas of Greece in the UNESCO Global Geoparks.

It is notable that the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, through the official representatives of the Chelmos-Vouraikos Global Geopark, Dr. G. Iliopoulos Assoc. Professor of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras and scientific advisor of the Geopark and Mrs. E. Koumoutsou, Project Coordinator-Environmentalist of the Management Body, participates in all the meetings of the UNESCO Global Geoparks, in a continuous and long-term effort of the Management Body to contribute to the promotion of alternative tourism, environmental education, environmental protection and promotion in the National Park area, with multiple benefits for the local community.

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Celebration of the “International Day for Disaster Reduction"

Celebration of the “International Day for Disaster Reduction”

The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) takes place every year on 13 October and began in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly. Every year, October 13th, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.

In 2016, the UN Secretary-General launched “The Sendai Seven Campaign” to promote each of the seven targets over seven years. The 2020 target is Target E: “Substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020”.

Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark and the Management Body of Chelmos - Vouraikos have been participating in recent years in events related to the celebration of this Day in order to inform and raise public awareness regarding the prevention and reduction of natural disasters and the consequences of climate change.

This year, a special year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, due to the difficulty of participating in live events with the participation of the public and on the occasion of the "International Day for the Reduction of Natural Disasters", the celebration took place through social media

This year, a special year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and consequently the difficulty of participating in live events with public participation on the occasion of the "International Day for the Reduction of Natural Disasters", the celebration took place through social media. Specifically, on the page of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos on facebook (www.facebook.com/ManagementBodyofChelmosVouraikos) was posted a video interview on "Landslides, a frequent natural disaster in the area of the Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark with long history ...".

On behalf of Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark, Mr. Iliopoulos G., Associate Professor of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras, presented the interview, participating in a discussion with Mr. Koukouvelas I., Professor, and Mr. Nikolakopoulos K., Associate Professor of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras, about landslides within the area of Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark.

You can watch the interview here:

https://www.facebook.com/chelmosvouraikosgeopark/videos/750122869177588/

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Participation of the Management Body of Chelmos - Vouraikos in the information day «Management actions for the protection and conservation of Biodiversity»

On 28th of September, the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos participated in the information day, entitled «Management actions for the protection and conservation of Biodiversity», organized by the Management Body of Mount Parnon and Moustos Wetland, in the framework of the Operational Programme «Transport Infrastructure, Environment and Sustainable Development 2014 - 2020», in Sparti. At the event, which took place successfully, presented all the funded, by the Operational Programme, ongoing actions of the Management Body of Mount Parnon and Moustos Wetland, while local community bodies from the wider area of responsobility of the Management Body participated.

In the framework of the networking of the Management Bodies of Protected Areas for issues of common responsibility, Ms. Eleni Koumoutsou, Project Coordinator-Environmentalist of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, presented in the form of a poster (banner type) the management actions for the protection and conservation of Biodiversity of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, financed by the same Operational Program and specifically of the integrated Act entitled “Funding of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body for management actions for protected areas, species and habitats actions for the management of protected areas, species and habitats”.

A similar action of informing the public and promoting protection and conservation actions will be carried out by the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos in the near future.

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Newsletter of European Geoparks Magazine EGN - Issue 17.

The 17th Newsletter of the European Geoparks Network was published, informing for the actions of the Geoparks - members of the Network, for the period April - September 2020. promoting Geotourism.
Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark participates in every issue, highlighting the Geotopes of our region at an international level.

See Newsletter of European Geoparks Magazine EGN - Issue 17.

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