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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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September 19th - World Cleanup Day.

Join 161 UNESCO Global Geoparks all around the world for a common world cleanup of our home Earth in one day on Saturday, September 19th, 2020.

The World Cleanup Day is a voluntary cleaning action of our Earth. It is an action of positive collaboration with the spirit of unity and most importantly, to realise that we need our planet Earth and its resources more than it needs us.

A simple action of picking up trash, cleanups and find solutions to tackle mismanaged waste will be our main goal. We can all work for keeping what unites us – to keep clean our common home, Earth.

On September 19th the Global Geoparks Network invites all to declare our presence on the World Cleanup Day.

Our Earth needs us in order to make it a better place to live in for us but also for the future generations. Act for cleanup Earth, together with UNESCO Global Geoparks.

 

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Promotion of Alternative Tourism Routes within Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark in the framework of the European Project “INHERIT”


Promotion of Alternative Tourism Routes within Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark

in the framework of the European Project “INHERIT”

 

Within the framework of the European project INHERIT and the cooperation of the University of Patras with the Management Body of Chelmos - Vouraikos, the creation of ten (10) videos and one (1) brochure was completed. The aim of this material is the promotion of the project, the information of the tourists about the alternative tourism routes in the area of the Geopark but also the wider promotion of these routes. The creation of the videos and the brochure took place as an action within the project "INHERIT". It should be noted that the videos were created according to the specifications of Greek National Tourism Organisation and the brochure will be distributed in printed form.

The European project INHERIT 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.

The videos are on the project's YouTube channel and can be viewed HERE

You can see the online version of the brochure HERE

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Firefighting system installation for fire protection and prevention of Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park and its areas of responsibility.

Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body, in the framework of the Act “Funding of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body for management actions for protected areas, species and habitats"», in the Operational Programme “Transport Infrastructure, Environment and Sustainable Development 2014 – 2020”, installed a firefighting system (with fire tank) in the two service pickup trucks, for fire protection and prevention of Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park and its areas of responsibility.

Based on the Guarding Plan of the Protected Area of Chelmos - Vouraikos National Park, the scientific staff of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body, as well as the Forest Protection Specialists implement a program for the recording, monitoring and protection of the biodiversity of the area. During the summer season, Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body assists the forces of the Fire Service, with the main aim of preventing forest fires.

Purpose of the operation of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body is the conservation of biodiversity, natural resources and the recognized ecological value of the natural ecosystems within the wider area of the mountain range of Chelmos and the Vouraikos river, as well as its new areas of responsibility. These protected areas are of great scientific interest and therefore their protection from human intervention is intended, and in some cases imperative.

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Celebrating World Environment Day 2020

Celebrating World Environment Day 2020

World Environment Day (WED) was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972. Two years later, in 1974 the first WED was held with the theme "Only One Earth". The theme for World Environment Day 2020 is “Time for Nature”, with a focus on its role in providing the essential infrastructure that supports life on Earth and human development. Every year on June 5th, WED is celebrated to encourage awareness and activism on issues related to the environment and its rescue, worldwide, engaging governments, businesses, celebrities, and citizens to focus their efforts on major environmental issues, which affect the well-being of peoples and economic development throughout the world.

To celebrate WED, Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, through its representatives, participates every year in various events, such as information visits to schools and exhibitions with photographic and informational material about the biodiversity of the protected area, and also hosts visitors, adults and students, to the protected area and the information center of the Management Body, informs about the ecological and aesthetic value and the special protection regime of the protected areas and distributes information material about the rare flora and fauna species of the protected area.

This year, a special year due to the measures against the dispersal of COVID-19, the difficulty of participating in live events, and on the occasion of World Environment Day, Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, presents on its website, for the first time, the information brochure “ALTERNATIVE TOURISM ROUTES, CHELMOS-VOURAIKOS NATIONAL PARK, UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARK”, the publication of which took place as an action within the project “INHERIT”.

The European project INHERIT (https://inherit.interreg-med.eu/) 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.

See the information brochure

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