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Educational activities for the academic year 2018-2019

The Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body (CVMB), in terms of its informative role, carried out a lot of educational activities, during the academic year of 2018-2019, in co-operation with the Environmental Education Centre of Kleitoria- Akrata.

The Management Body organized an interactive presentation event series at the Exhibition Centre of the CVMB about the National Park & UNESCO Geopark of Chelmos- Vouraikos, for Greek schools. The aim of the presentation was not only to inform students about the National Pak & UNESCO Geopark and the role of the Management Body in the area but also to educate and alert them about environmental issues.

During the academic year of 2018- 2019 the following schools visited the Chelmos- Vouraikos Management Body: 1st Secondary school of Kalymnos, Secondary school of Iolkos, Secondary school of Sitia, 1st Secondary school of Neapoli Lakonias, 4th High school of Petroupoli, 2nd High school of Gerakas, High school of Kalavryta,Vocational Senior High school of Kalavryta and a group of volunteer students from Patras Science Festival.

Except of the activities above, students, also, went walking at different hiking trails of the area, accompanied by the staff of the Management Body, in order to admire the unique fauna and flora.

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CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2019

The Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body (CVMB) participated in a lot of different events to celebrate World Environment Day 2019.

On June 5th the Primary school of Sofiko visited the Exhibition Centre of the CVMB. Students attended an interactive presentation about the National Park & Global Geopark of Chelmos- Vouraikos, the fauna and flora of the protected area and the role of the CVMB in the area. In addition, students were given the opportunity to get informed and ask the staff of the CVMB questions about the environment and to suggest ideas and solutions for an environmentally- friendly way of every day life.

On June 8th, during 11:00 a.m. – 14:00 p.m., the CVMB, the Management Body of Kotychi and Strofylia Wetlands and the Messolonghi Lagoon Management Body met at Riga Feraiou and Ermou streets, in Patras, where they organized an ‘on spot’ event. The aim of the event was to inform and raise awareness of the public through photo galleries and informative leaflets about the protected areas and the rear species of fauna and flora you can meet there. The staff of the Management Bodies were also there to answer questions and to inform people about the ecological and aesthetic value of the protected areas as well as about the special legislation that applies there.

5th of June was designated World Environment Day by the UN General Assembly in 1974, as a way to raise global awareness of environmental issues. World Environment Day is celebrated every year since then, not only to remind us the importance of the environment for human beings and the conservation of the planet in general, but also to emphasize our responsibility towards the next generation to protect it.

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Participation of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body at the “2nd International Conference on the UNESCO Global Geoparks of Greece and Cyprus”, in Nicosia.

Participation of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body at the “2nd International Conference on the UNESCO Global Geoparks of Greece and Cyprus”, in Nicosia.

 

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 2nd International Conference on the UNESCO Global Geoparks of Greece and Cyprus”, in Nicosia, on May 16 - 18, 2019. The conference was under the theme Promotion of the geological and mining heritage, enhancement of geo-education and development of geo-tourism

The Conference was organized by the Geological Survey Department and Troodos Unesco Global Geopark in Cyprus, and representatives of the 5 Greek Geoparks participated. There are 5 Geoperks in Greece (Lesvos, Psiloritis, Chelmos-Vouraikos, Vikos-Aoos, Sitia) and also, the Geopark of Cyprus (Troodos) that belong to the European Geoparks Network and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Conference presented these areas, while valuable presentations were made by scientific specialists on geotourism and sustainable local development, geo-education, geological and mining heritage, natural heritage and the environment, cultural heritage and web applications for the promotion of Geoparks.

At present, there are 147 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 41 countries. This number is steadily rising, as many regions around the world are asking to join this network. UNESCO Global Geoparks have as their main aim the protection of our planet's geo-diversity in cooperation and for the benefit of local communities.

Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body contributes to the promotion of alternative tourism, environmental education, protection and environmental promotion within the National Park, with multiple benefits for the local community. This establishes the recognition of Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park as UNESCO monument with a special geological heritage (beyond unique biodiversity) and enjoys international recognition.

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Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos participation at the 11th Working Meeting of Certified Protected Areas in Sustainable Tourism - Europarc

The Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, through the representatives NicolaosTopouzidis, Geologist and George Rousinos, Forester, participated in the 11th workshop of certified protected areas in sustainable tourism - Europarc, entitled "The social and cultural impacts of tourism: exploring a sustainable response" which was organized by the Management Body of the Tzoumerka, Acheloos, Agrafa and Meteora Valley in Pramanta, of Northern Tzoumerka, from 9 to 11 April 2019.

Biannually, the Europarc network, which implements the Sustainable Tourism methodology in protected areas, meets in order to exchange experiences and best practices. It seeks to bring the partnerships closer together, to reward the social, economic and environmental benefits of an area, respecting existing culture, while at the same time achieving growth and development. It is a challenge to balance these competitive requirements.

In its 11 years of operation, the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, in addition to its important core responsibility for monitoring and preserving biodiversity within the National Park and informing local resident and visitor awareness, has succeeded in integrating the protected area into the Europarc Networkwith the certification "European Charter for Sustainable Tourism" and the Geological World Heritage Sites, entitled "UNESCO Global Geoparks". Through these networking tools, it seeks to contribute to the promotion of alternative tourism, environmental education, environmental protection and promotion activities within the National Park area, with multiple benefits for the local community.

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Participation of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body in a Programme of the Region of Western Greece (Territorial Cooperation Programme Greece - Italy 2014-2020) entitled "Customer Intelligence for inNOVAtive Tourism ECosystems -CI-NOVATEC"

   Within the framework of the implementation of the European project CI-NOVATEC, the Region of Western Greece, as the Lead Partner, has chosen the region of Kalavryta for the pilot implementation of this project. The project, adopting an innovative methodology, aims to satisfy the collection of data based on visitor experiences that will be used to facilitate business and political decisions in order to create an added value for the local tourism ecosystem.

The purpose of the project and the role of the Region of Western Greece is to record and evaluate the experiences of the visitors in relation to the simple or complex services that they receive at their destination. The purpose and role of the members of the regional networks is to mobilize the tourists in order to participate for achieving the maximum response of completing the questionnaires. In this way, the collection of tourists-visitors reactions, at the same time with the region’s strengthening and empowering, will be achieved.

For this reason a cooperation protocol was signed by the Region of Western Greece, the Municipality of Kalavryta, Achaia Development Agency SA, the Kalavryta Ski Center, the Cave of the Lakes, the Municipal Museum of Kalavritan Holocaust and various other associations in the tourism sector within the wider area of the Municipality of Kalavryta. With this cooperation, a network was established under the name "Regional Network of Kalavryta as a Pilot Region", with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of visitors in the area. Scientist responsible for the CI-NOVATEC project and its platform is University of Patras - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

     Chelmos- Vouraikos Management Body contributes through the electronic platform to the transfer of data and elements of biodiversity and geodiversity to the visitors within Chelmos- Vouraikos National Park, aiming at increasing alternative forms of tourism such as ecotourism, geotourism, etc. It is remarkable that the region has been recognized as a "UNESCO Global Geopark" since 2015.

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Participation of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body at the 43rd European Geoparks Network Meeting in Germany

Participation of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body at the 43rd European Geoparks Network Meeting in Germany

The official representatives of Chelmos-Vouraikos Unesco Global Geopark, Mr. Georgios Iliopoulos, Associate Professor of the Department ofGeology of the University of Patras and Scientific Associate of Geopark and Mrs Eleni Koumoutsou, Project Coordinator of the Management Body, participated in the 43rd European Geoparks Network Meeting in the Swabian Alps UNESCO Global Geopark, Aalen in Germany, on March 25 - 29, 2019.

Representatives of 73 European Geoparks attended the meeting. In Greece, there are 5 areas (Lesvos, Psiloritis, Chelmos-Vouraikos, Vikos-Aoos, Sitia) and the Geopark of Cyprus (Troodos) belonging to the European Geoparks Network and they are UNESCO Global Geoparks as 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.

Also, Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark participates in aworking groupthat deals with lignite and mining activities withinGeoparks and aims to establish and follow a common guide for all Geoparks of this group.

On the 2nd day, a Local Products Exhibition was held including all Geopark, giving the opportunity to all participantsto meet and taste flavors from many regions of Europe. In the exhibition there was a Greek kiosk with flavors and pictures from Achaia, Lesvos, Ioannina and Crete and Cyprus.

We have been given the opportunity to have meetings with colleagues from around Europe, 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.

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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Event for the presentation of the collaboration of Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park with the Geotechnical Chamber of Peloponnese and Western Central Greece for the support of Chelmos- Vouraikos Geopark

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            Event for the presentation of the collaboration of Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park with the Geotechnical Chamber of Peloponnese and Western Central Greece for the support of Chelmos- Vouraikos Geopark.

 

            On Saturday 9th February 2019, the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos and the Geotechnical Chamber of Peloponnese and Western Central Greece, held successfully an event with the presence of a large number of geotechnical, stakeholder and civil representatives, in order to present the collaboration of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos with the Geotechnical Chamber of Peloponnese and Western Central Greece.

The event was honored with the presence of the Secretary- General of the Board of Directors and Agronomist, Mr. Menelaos Gardikiotis. Secretary- General of the Branch and Ichthyologist, Mr. Spyridon Spyropoulos, predicted the event, and subsequently the branch president, Mr. Athanasios Petropoulos, had a speech about the role of the Geotechnical Chamber and its collaboration with the Management Body. On behalf of the Management Body, Dr. Grigoris Iatrou, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Management Body and Emeritus Professor of the Department of Biology, University of Patras had a welcome speech, while, Dr. Georgios Iliopoulos, Associate Professor of Palaeontology and Stratigraphy of the Department of Geology, University of Patras, presented analytical data about Chelmos- Vouraikos Geopark, a Member of UNESCO Global and European Geoparks Network.

The event ended with the cutting of the New Year's Eve cake and the exchange of wishes among the members of the Branch and attendants.

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Participation of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos on the actions of cleaning paths and sites within the Protected Area in cooperation with the Forest Inspection Authority of Kalavryta

Participation of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos on the actions of cleaning paths and sites within the Protected Area in cooperation with the Forest Inspection Authority of Kalavryta

The Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos within the framework of implementing No. 84675/23-3-2018 Joint Ministerial Decision (Official Government Gazette 1510 Β΄) by the Forest Inspection Authority of Kalavryta “about the Promotion of Employment through Programs of Public Interest to the Ministry of Environment and Energy and the Decentralized Administrations, for the fire protection of the forest ecosystems of the Country” and the actions carried out by newly-recruited staff, participated in cleaning paths and sites within the Protected Area.

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The works which took place on 12-15 November 2018, included the removal of garbage from the forest path "Kalavryta Ski Center - Valvousi", the National Road Kalavrita - Ag. Nicholas and the sites "Valvousi" and "Ikonisma" within the Aesthetic forest of Kalavrita. Six Forest Protection Experts, who belong to the staff of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, participated with two 4x4 agency vehicles.

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Intention of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos is to continue similar actions and collaborations with groups, associations and agencies that promote environmental protection.

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5 June 2018 - World Environment Day

During two days, 4-5 June, in the framework of the educational activities that carried out by the Primary School of Kalavryta, Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body took an active role both with the provision of supporting material and with the presence of the Forest Protection Specialists.

Specifically, on Monday, June 4, the area around the Primary School of Kalavryta, with the help of the Kalavrita Police Department, was appropriately arranged as a traffic education park, with the aim of learning about the importance of road safety and road behavior, guided by their teachers. Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body participated in this effort by the supply of seven mountain bikes and helmets.

Also, on Tuesday 5 June, the World Environment Day, with the presence of the Forest Protection Specialists of the Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body, a guided tour of the educational path "Agios Ioannis-Keramidaki" carried out with students of the 4th and 5th grade of the primary school of Kalavrita and was organized for helping to meet and to be informed about the natural environment of the area.

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“GAIAS MEMORIES: UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARKS GREECE – CYPRUS”

“GAIAS MEMORIES: UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARKS GREECE – CYPRUS”

 

The Exhibition of UNESCO Global InsularGeoparks of Greece and Cyprus participating in the INTERREG GEO-IN project began on 12 October 2018 at the Eugenides Foundation in Athens, having hosted up to 1500 visitors. The Exhibition will stay in Athens until 12 May 2019 and then will travel to Cyprus and to the other Geoparks of the GEO-IN project.

The exhibition organized by Lesvos Petrified Forest Museum,in the framework of the GEO-IN project,with the support of the Geoparks of Lesvos, Psiloritis, Sitia and Troodos of Cyprus, the Museum of Natural History of Crete and the Geological Survey Department of Cyprus. The exhibition hosts exhibits from all the Geoparks of Greece and Cyprus that interpret the geological evolution of the entire eastern Mediterranean and the Greek area, while educational programs for students are offered.

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