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Garbage collection across Vouraikos River Gorge

 

On the initiative of the Management Body of Chelmos - Vouraikos (CVMB), on Thursday, September 11, 2021, a garbage collection was carried out in zone A3 (Nature protection area of Vouraikos river gorge), from the village of Zachlorou to Niamata location. The E4 European path is a passage for many Greek and foreign visitors and the main responsibility of the CVMB is the protection and management of natural ecosystems and biodiversity. Important geotopes are found across the gorge of the Vouraikos river and for this reason the area has been included in UNESCO with the title "UNESCO World Geopark".

The forest protection experts Mrs. Maria Koulouki, Mr. Panagiotis Rigogiannis, Mr. Konstantinos Gounarakis and Mr. Christos Zervas, employees of the Management Body, contributed to this effort. In addition to this effort were present the volunteers of UNESCO, the German citizens, Mrs. Klara Weimann and Mr. Hans Hellmann.

In addition, we would like to warmly thank TRAINOSE for assisting with the train of the cog railway that covers the route Diakopto - Kalavrita, in the transport of all the garbage that had been collected. Without their input, this initiative would not have been possible successfully.

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UNESCO Global Geoparks: Discover the Earth’s hidden treasures

The Global Geoparks Network promotes UNESCO Global Geoparks as sustainable tourism destinations!

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The Global Geoparks Network initiated last September a campaign for the promotion of UNESCO Global Geoparks as sustainable tourism destinations.

This global campaign to promote UNESCO Global Geoparks through social media reached 1.280.365 people in just 7 days! 21.663 of them asked for further information by clicking and visiting the Global Geoparks Network webpage during the same period. This proves the progress made by our Network in raising the Geoparks profile and  promoting them as sustainable tourism destinations.

As the COVID-19 pandemic having a massive social and economic impact comes to an end, it is the moment to raise the UNESCO Global Geoparks profile as safe destinations for holidays in nature and recreation.

During  the COVID-19 pandemic both developed and developing economies have been hit and marginalized groups and the most vulnerable have been hit hardest of all! Geoparks contribute to social cohesion, supporting  local communities and promoting an inclusive development for all.

The restart of tourism will help kickstart recovery and growth. It is essential that the benefits this will bring are enjoyed widely and fairly.

The 169 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 44 Countries, hosting geological landscapes, geosites and landforms of international significance, are protecting and promoting geological heritage attractions as key elements for sustainable tourism development!

UNESCO Global Geoparks promote tourism for inclusive growth collaborating with local entrepreneurship and especially women cooperatives and family jobs in their territory, supporting local communities and creating new job opportunities for all.

UNESCO Global Geoparks promote local products and local gastronomy, support the use of traditional techniques in the production of local products and traditional recipes in food preparation, connecting the local traditions with the territorial geological heritage and landscapes.

UNESCO Global Geoparks offer to their visitors  unique experiences and a broad variety  of activities such as hiking, trekking, horse riding, mountain biking, surfing, climbing, mountain running, bird-watching, sailing, rafting, and many more

The Global Geoparks Network starts a new campaign through social media to promote each one of the 169 UNESCO Global Geoparks , the Earth’s hidden treasures to the Geopark community and the tourist market.

Every week a group of UNESCO Global Geoparks will be presented, supporting their promotion as global geological attractions and sustainable tourism destinations!

Join us and keep updated!

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Internship of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras at Chelmos Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark

Internship of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras at Chelmos Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark

On Wednesday, October 20, 2021, an internship was held with students of the Geological Department of Geology of the University of Patras at Chelmos - Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark. A group of 26 students accompanied by Dr. Eleni Zagana, Assistant Professor of Applied Hydrogeology and Hydrochemistry, visited the sinkhole of Lousoi plain and the springs of the Planitero. They were informed by the Geologist of Chelmos – Vouraikos Management Body, Mr. Topouzidis Nikolaos about the Geopark and the great importance of this visitat at these important geotopes with a special geomorphological structure.

Environmental problems and ways to deal with them were identified at this guided tour. Dr. E. Zagana talked about the great importance of the creation of karst phenomena in limestone rocks. Rainwater in combination with atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) gradually dissolves these rocks and creates underground drainage systems with sinkholes and caves that collect large amounts of water and important aquifers that provide us with drinking water.

The students performed measurements of physicochemical parameters of water and took water samples for further study. The need to protect these karst forms, which are rich in Chelmos Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark, was emphasized because due to their structure they are easily infected. The internship of the students continued with a tour of the Environmental Museum of Stymfalia and then, near Lake Stymfalia, at a measuring station of the University, for the karst springs of the area.


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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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