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Celebration of the “European Bird Day 2019”– Eurobirdwatch 2019

Celebration of the “European Bird Day 2019”

Chelmos - Vouraikos Management Body (CVMB), responding to the invitation of the Hellenic Ornithological Society and in collaboration with the Environmental Education Centre of Kleitoria – Akrata organized a series of educational activities for the Kindergarten and the Elementary School of Kalavryta.

On Monday, October 7th, representatives of the CVMB visited the Kindergarten of Kalavryta and gave an informational speech in order to familiarize toddlers with birds and their migratory practice. They also showed them photos and audio material from migratory birds found in the area.

On Wednesday & Thursday, October 9th & 10th students from the Elementary School of Kalavryta visited the premises of the Chelmos - Vouraikos Management Body for the celebration of European Bird Day 2019. The activities’ goal was not only to educate and inform students but also to entertain them.

In more detail for both days, the program is as follows:

  • 09:00 – 09:45: Students visited the CVMB premises. They got informed about the basic characteristics of birds, their migratory practice and its importance as well as about the migratory birds that can be found in the area.
  • 09:45- 10:00: Construction of a bird feeder for placement at school.
  • 10:30 -11:30: Hiking in a small part of the trail Ski Center - Kalavryta, in the area of Kastro - Ag. Ioannis. During the hike students were given the chance to hear some birds’ sounds, get acquainted with the birds’ habitat and discuss about possible threats.
  • 11:30 -13:00: Arriving at Ag. Ioannis area. Students participated in some experiential learning activities a) Activating my senses in the forest- what do I hear/see/taste? b) Learning the migratory birds’ voices - acoustic monitoring with bird sound identification. In addition they played environmental games (learning how to orient themselves using a map and a compass) and they birdwatched using binoculars and telescopes.

Students and their teachers were very excited to participate in such activities as they were given the opportunity to connect deeper with nature, learn useful information and discuss possible threats that migratory birds may face.

The European Bird Day was the first global event organized by BirdLife International for the first time on October 9-10, 1993 in more than 100 countries and takes place every year on the first weekend of October.

The main purpose of the event is to inform - raise public awareness of the need to protect migratory birds, as well as their breeding areas, their intermediate stations of their migratory routes and their breeding grounds.

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Participation of the Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body in the “INHERIT” project Information Day

Participation of the Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body in the “INHERIT” project Information Day

On Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 10am an informational Day of the European project “INHERIT” will be held at the “Palaiologina Mansion” at Kalavryta.

The European project “INHERIT” is being implemented in the framework of the "INTERREG MED" Programme with the aim of protecting and promoting natural heritage in Mediterranean coastal and maritime tourist destinations.

The project involves 15 partners and 3 support partners from 10 Mediterranean countries, headed by the Peloponnese Region. University of Patras is participating as a partner with Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park as a candidate area "INHERITURA", where the pilot actions of the INHERIT project are expected to take place. An important objective of the project is the establishment of "INHERITURA" areas, coastal areas of the Mediterranean with a natural heritage, tourism area, with high tourist activity, which take actions to protect and exploit the environment through bottom-up activities. .

During the Information Day, the INHERIT project will presented in detail and its pilot actions. The project will be presented by Mr. Christos Bouras, Professor of Department of Computer Engineering & Informatics, University of Patras. Mr. Gregory Iatrou, Chairman of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body and Emeritus Professor of Department of Biology of the University of Patras, will deliver a speech on Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park and the actions of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body. Mr. Panagiotis Dimopoulos, Professor of Department of Biology, University of Patras, will also give a speech on the contribution of the LIFE IP 4 NATURA project to the protection of the natural environment. Finally, Mr. Vassilios Kokkinos, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Computer Engineering & Informatics and member of the INHERIT project team, will also give a speech on Pilot Actions in the context of the INHERIT project.

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Integration of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body in the Operational Programme «Transport Infrastructure, Environment and Sustainable Development 2014 - 2020», in the Act “Funding of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body for management actions for protected ar

Integration of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body in the Operational Programme «Transport Infrastructure, Environment and Sustainable Development 2014 - 2020», in the Act “Funding of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body for management actions for protected areas, species and habitats".

Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body integrated in the Operational Programme «Transport Infrastructure, Environment and Sustainable Development 2014 - 2020», in the Act “Funding of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body for management actions for protected areas, species and habitats”, with total budget 921.130,00 €.

The physical object of the act is related with the funding of management actions aimed at protecting and preserving the biodiversity of the Chelmos - Vouraikos Management Body, according to Law 4519/2018.

The funded actions aim at (a) improving the conservation status of habitat and species included in Directives 92/43/EEC and 2009/147/EC, whose conservation status is unsatisfactory or poor or of a satisfactory or of an unknown degree and in need of repeated management or protection, (b) environmental awareness and raising of the local community, local stakeholders and the public visiting the area on biodiversity issues, and (c) networking of Management Bodies of Protected Areas each other for the purpose of co-operation, exchange of know-how, experience and good practice, through the simultaneous training of staff by experts in the field of biodiversity conservation.

The physical object of the Act conforms with the actions of the Specific Objective 32 (Reducing Biodiversity Loss and Degradation of Ecosystem Functions) of the investment priority 6iii of the Priority Axis 14 of the Operational Programme, promoting the implementation of Directives 92/43/EEC and 2009/147/EC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora and on the conservation of wild birds.

Management actions to be implemented are:

  1. Promotion of the actions of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body in the context of the Operational Programme "Transport Infrastructure, Environment and. Sustainable Development" (OP TIESD).
  2. Support the participation of the Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body in the European Geoparks Network and Global Geoparks Network.
  3. Action of scientific documentation and development of know-how related to the implementation of the National and European Strategy on Biodiversity and Organization and Support of Workshops.
  4. Scientific support for the identification of micro-reserves of important species of flora in the area of responsibility of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body.
  5. Planning for fire protection of habitats in the Protected area of Vouraikos River.
  6. Evaluation of carrying capacity of Vouraikos River Gorge.
  7. Recording the pressures in the area of responsibility of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body for the protection and sustainable management of aromatic and medicinal plants.
  8. Assessment of the status of ecosystems in the area of responsibility of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body.
  9. Investigation of the implementation of conservation measures about endemic fish species in Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park.
  10. Study for the recovery of broadleaf forests from coppice to high-forests.
  11. Establishment of plant micro-reserves.
  12. Reintroduction of the local endemic plant species Silene conglomeratica.

and they are included in four (4) work packages:

‐ WorkPackage1: Promotion of the actions of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body in the context of the Operational Programme "Transport Infrastructure, Environment and. Sustainable Development" (OP TIESD).

‐ WorkPackage 2: Networking/ Technical knowledge/ Scientific documentation.

‐ WorkPackage 3: Implementation of species and habitat monitoring activities and / or studies (technical and non-technical).

‐ WorkPackage 4: Management actions aimed at improving the conservation status of species and habitat types in the area of responsibility of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body.

The implementation of management actions will contribute positively to the natural richness of the region and thus to its ecotourism development. After all, the ecotourism development of each region strengthens its economy without creating problems to the sustainable management of the environment.

Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body throughout the implementation of the project and until its completion, on December 31, 2023 will inform the public in detail through meetings and workshops.

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Chelmοs-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark participates in the 44th European Geoparks Network Meeting & the 15th Conference of the European Geoparks Network in Spain

Chelmοs-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark participates

in the 44th European Geoparks Network Meeting

& the 15th Conference of the European Geoparks Network in Spain

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 44th European Geoparks Network Meeting and the 15th Conference of the European Geoparks Network, that took place in Cazalla de la Sierra (Sierra Norte de Sevilla UNESCO Global Geopark) in Spain, on September 23-28, 2019.

The meeting was attended by representatives of 73 European Geoparks. In Greece there are 5 areas (Lesvos, Psiloritis, Chelmos-Vouraikos, Vikos-Aoos, Sitia), as well as the Geopark of Cyprus (Troodos), which belong to the European Geoparks Network and as UNESCO Global Geoparks they are also 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.

Excellent organization, impeccable hospitality, high level of presentations, announcements and presentations marked the 15th Conference of the European Geoparks Network in Spain. Mr. Socrates Tsakos, Architect-Civil Engineer and External Partner of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, presented the new labelling of the Geotopes of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global. During the conference, we were given the opportunity to have meetings with colleagues from other Geoparks, 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.

In the GGN News Feed (on 23rd September 2019) it was announced, inter alia, that the evaluation of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark, by UNESCO assessors in summer 2019, was successful, receiving a green card and remaining on the Network for the next 4 years, until the next evaluation.

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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Chelmos - Vouraikos Management Body celebrates “European Bird Day 2019”


Chelmos - Vouraikos Management Body celebrates “European Bird Day 2019” 

Chelmos - Vouraikos Management Body, responding to the invitation of the Hellenic Ornithological Society and in collaboration with the Environmental Education Centre of Kleitoria - Akrata, invites you to the European Bird Day - Eurobirdwatch 2019, which will take place on Wednesday 9th October and Thursday 10th October 2019.

In more detail for both days, the program is as follows:

  • 09:00 - 09:45: Visit at the premises of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body, presentation, preview of educative videos and distribution of informative material for local birds and migratory birds.
  • 09:46 - 10:00: Construction of a bird feeder for placement at school.
  • 10:30 -11:30: Hiking in a small part of the trail Ski Center - Kalavryta, in the area of Kastro - Ag. Ioannis
  • 11:30 -13:00: Birdwatching with binoculars and telescopes, acoustic monitoring with bird sound identification and environmental games and activities. Information material will be distributed during the event.

The European Bird Day was the first global event organized by BirdLifeInternational for the first time on October 9-10, 1993 in more than 100 countries and takes place every year on the first weekend of October.

The main purpose of the event is to inform - raise public awareness of the need to protect migratory birds, as well as their breeding areas, their intermediate stations of their migratory routes and their breeding grounds.

Entrance is free to all visitors.


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The largest colony of bats in Greece was discovered!

The largest colony of bats in Greece was discovered!

In the framework of the programme Life Grecabat, one of the most important winter colonies in Europe was recorded in the non-visitable part of the Cave of the Lakes in Kastria of Achaia, as it hosts more than 18,000 bent-wing bats (Miniopterus schreibersi) and nine additional species in various seasons of the year. This record was made in collaboration with the Management of the Cave and Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body.

The project Life Grecabat implements conservation actions in 10 selected NATURA 2000 sites in Greece (from Crete to Evros) and also inform and train the involved stakeholders. It aims to improve the conservation status of 10 bat species (of Community interest, Annexes II-IV of Directive 92/43/EEC) and selected caves (Habitats Type 8310, Annex I to Directive 92/43/EEC), while is helping the survival of the unique cave fauna (dozens of endemic species of insects and other invertebrates live exclusively in one or more caves of Greece).

It is the first nationwide effort to manage, protect and promote bats, caves and cave life. It is intended to be an example of their integrated management at national level.

For more information visit the official website of Life Grecabat: https://www.lifegrecabat.eu/el

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Ziria Music Festival 2019

11th Ziria Music Festival (29-31 of August 2019)

The 11thZiria Music Festival took place on 29-31 of August at Ziria Ski Center. Ziria Music Festival attracts a lot of people every year and hosts not only music concerts but also various activities including walking in the forest, hiking, astronomy lessons, sky observation, visits in Ermis cave etc. aiming to familiarize participants with nature. There is a great concern for the environment as every activity is structured so that it has the least environmental impact on the site. There is a strict directive towards fires so that there is a limited fire danger. As far as the waste management is concerned, there is a zero waste approach and an organized recycling plan.

The representatives of the Chelmos – Vouraikos Management Body visited the area on Friday, August 30th and met with the organizing committee of the festival. Among other, they discussed about the environmental value of the area and the initiatives of the festival in order to protect the environment. Also, the representatives got informed about the informative events and actions that took place during the festival (a musical theater performance about composting, talks about the environment and informative leaflets from the Chelmos Vouraikos Management Body).

Mount Killini (Ziria) is a NATURA 2000 site (GR2530001) and a Special Protection Area for birds (GR2530006). Since Febuary2018 it is included in the list of areas for supervision from the Chelmos Vouraikos Management Body. Within the area’s limits unique (endemic) fauna and flora species can be found as well as various geological formations. Music Ziria Festival is an event whichin cooperation with the Chelmos Vouraikos Management Body, can become a great opportunity to inform, raise awareness and educate people about NATURA 2000 sites.

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Newsletter, Issue 9 - June 2019

See the Newsletter-Issue 9 (Period: January - June 2019)

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Evaluation of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark on 22nd to 26th July 2019

«Evaluation of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark on 22nd to 26th July 2019»

The area of the Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park, belonging since 2015to the UNESCO Global Geoparks, was evaluated by UNESCO assessors, the week of 22nd to 26th July 2019.

In its 12 years of operation, Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body, in addition to its important core responsibility for the monitoring and conservation of biodiversity in the National Park and the awareness-raising of locals and visitors, has also succeeded in integrating the Protected Site into the Geological Monuments of the World Heritage, under the title "UNESCO Global Geoparks", as well as in the EUROPARC Network with the certification "European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas".

On the first day, Monday, July 22 in the afternoon, at Paleologina's Mansionan open event was held to welcome UNESCO assessors, with presentations of all the activities of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body for the protection and promotion of the Chelmos- Vouraikos National Park and the UNESCO Global Geopark, for the period from the previous evaluation, in 2015, to the present, headed by the President of the Management Body, Mr. Gregoris Iatrou, Emeritus Professor of the Department of Biology, University of Patras. Present were the Mayor of Kalavryta, Mr. G. Lazouras, the Director of the Agricultural Dairy Cooperative of Kalavryta and the newly elected Mayor of Kalavryta, Mr. Ath. Papadopoulos, the Chairman of the Regional Council of Western Greece & Peloponnese and earlier member of the Management Body, Mr. G. Aggelopoulos, a representative of the Geotechnical Chamber of Western Greece and Peloponnese, the Foresters of Aigio and Kalavryta, many members of the Board of Directors of the Management Body, and a lot of other important representatives of local community agencies and services.

In the following days, guided tours were held within the Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park and Geopark and meetings with representatives of the production agencies and services of the area, who are also partners of the Geopark, with the common aim of protecting, promoting and recognizing the area due to its unique Geodiversity and Biodiversity.

The contribution of Mr. G. Iliopoulos, Associate Professor of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras and the Laboratory of Paleontology and Stratigraphy, as the official scientific collaborator of the Management Body, and the Architect-Civil Engineer, Mr. S. Tsakos for the new labelling of the Geotopes of the Geopark were great for the whole evaluation period.

The protected area includes 40 important Geotopes and 10 of them belong to the GeoPoints of National Importance (the geotopes in Vouraikos Gorge, Cave of the Lakes, Mega Spilaio), ie geological areas of particular scientific, aesthetic, educational value but also archaeological, ecological, historical or cultural interest.

Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark covers an area of 647 km2 and the largest part of it is in the Region of Western Greece. It presents a unique geological history and it hosts very important biodiversity, unique landscapes, cultural heritage sites and excellent scientific, educational and tourist infrastructure such as the Cave of the Lakes, the Aroanios River Springs in Planitero, the Vouraikos Gorge with its unique Odontotos rack railway Diakofto - Kalavrita, Tsivlou Lake, Doxa Lake, the facilities of the Environmental Center of Klitoria - Akrata in Klitoria, the facilities of the Ski Center, the Aristarchos Telescope etc

 

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Evaluation of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark on 22nd to 26th July 2019

The area of the Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park, belonging since 2015to the UNESCO Global Geoparks, will be evaluated by UNESCO assessors, namely Mr. Dan Grigorescu from Romania and Mr. Bojan Režun from Slovenia, the week of 22nd to 26th July 2019.

In its 12 years of operation, Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body, in addition to its important core responsibility for the monitoring and conservation of biodiversity in the National Park and the awareness-raising of locals and visitors, has also succeeded in integrating the Protected Site into the Geological Monuments of the World Heritage, under the title "UNESCO Global Geoparks", as well as in the EUROPARC Network with the certification "European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas".

The protected area includes 40 important Geotopes and 10 of them belong to the GeoPoints of National Importance (the geotopes in Vouraikos Gorge, Cave of the Lakes, Mega Spilaio), ie geological areas of particular scientific, aesthetic, educational value but also archaeological, ecological, historical or cultural interest.

Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark covers an area of 647 km2 and the largest part of it is in the Region of Western Greece. It presents a unique geological history and it hosts very important biodiversity, unique landscapes, cultural heritage sites and excellent scientific, educational and tourist infrastructure such as the Cave of the Lakes, the Aroanios River Springs in Planitero, the Vouraikos Gorge with its unique Odontotos rack railway Diakofto - Kalavrita, Tsivlou Lake, Doxa Lake, the facilities of the Environmental Center of Klitoria - Akrata in Klitoria, the facilities of the Ski Center, the Aristarchos Telescope etc.

Our goal is to meet the requirements of the assessors as set by UNESCO, both in the field of guided tours of important Geopark Geotopes, as well as in cooperation with the local authorities and bodies of the region, so that the area will remain on the list of the Geological Monuments of the World Heritage for the next 4 years and to receive the "Green Card", with the benefits that this entails for the recognition of the area at a global level in terms of geodiversity and biodiversity.

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