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European Geoparks Week in Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark Greece 2017

European Geoparks Week in Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark
Greece 2017

Dates of geoparks week: 8th May to 1th June 2017

Contact person: Eleni Koumoutsou, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Further information: www.fdchelmos.gr

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1. Geo & Geo

13.05.2017

14.05.2017

27.05.2017

Inauguration of the events “En syrmo 2017” at Diakopto Station in cooperation of Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos with the municipalities of Kalavryta and Aegialia, the interconnection office of the School of Fine Arts, the Public Benefit Corporation of Aegialia, TRAINOSE, OSE, Western Greece Region, Center of Environmental Education of Kleitoria-Akrata, Association of “Friends of Odontotos” track railway and the Tourism Ministry.

37th Annual Crossing of Vouraikos Gorge

Presentation by the Chairman of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, Dr. Gregoris Iatrou about the natural beauty and rare flora and fauna of the Gorge and the National Park of Chelmos-Vouraikos.

2. Geo & Culture/Music/

Literature/Arts

08.05.2017

13.05.2017

20.05.2017

In context of the event “Creating In Trains”, students of the School of Fine Arts with their teachers, guided in Odontotos track railway and Vouraikos river and create works of art that will be exhibited during the events En Syrmo 2017”.

Inauguration of the exhibition “The art train” with the works of the artists of the School of Fine Arts in the Info Center of Diakofto and a musical event by the vocalist Angeliki Tubanaki “Anywhere on the Road” at the Diakofto Station.

"Odontotos track railway and its gorge inspire us" exhibition at Kalavryta Station with the accompaniment of the Municipal Philharmonic Orchestra.

3. Geo & Education

12.05.2017

18.05.2017

20.05.2017

21.05.2017

20.052017

01.06.2017

Participation in the “Patras Science Festival 2017”, which is hosted in the Greek Open University, including poster presentation with the title “Flora Diversity in Chelmos Vouraikos National Park” and providing to visitors (students and adults) information and informative material about the biodiversity and geodiversity of the region of Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park and UNESCO Global Geopark.

Hiking in the “Kastro-Keramidaki path” with students of Elementary School and guide within the Chelmos-Vouraikos Natinal Park guided by staff members of the Management Body.

Guided tour with students of the University of Patras in the gorge of Vouraikos river and presentation by the Chairman of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, Dr. Gregoris Iatrou in the exhibition area of the infrastructure of the Management Body.

"Train, Environment, Child". Events to celebrate with the young friends of Odontotos track railway with the help of the Center of Environmental Education of Kleitoria-Akrata and the help of the educator and writer Ms. Anastasia Efthimiou.

Presentation to students in the context of acts of the “Green University” by the Scientific Staff the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos about biodiversity and geodiversity of the region of Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park and UNESCO Global Geopark at the infrastructure of the Management Body and guided tour across paths in the region of Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park by forest protection experts, staff members of the Management Body.

Participation of students and parents in the program “Vouraikos Gorge and the Biodiversity of the Geopark".

4. Geo & EGN/GGN

Establishment of an Interactive Μap about the EGN members and information for each one of them in the exhibition area of the infrastructure of the Management Body.

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Training Seminar - Workshop of the National Thematic Network for Environmental Education "Wild Fauna in Danger".

The Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos participated on Saturday, 17th of December in the implementation of the events that took place within the three-day Training Seminar - Workshop of the National Thematic Network for Environmental Education "Wild Fauna in Danger", from Friday, 16th of December to Sunday, 18th of December, 2016. The seminar was organized by the Environmental Education Center of Kleitoria – Akrata and the Environmental Education Center of Kastri, in cooperation with the Environmental Education Center of Karpenisi. It was addressed mainly to teachers of Primary and Secondary Education and was entitled: "Prejudices as a threat factor for wild fauna. The Contribution of Environmental Education in overcoming misunderstandings and misconceptions about Wild Animals ".

The aim of the seminar was the educational and scientific support for teachers who are working with the network, the updated information about wild fauna in danger, the promotion of the Network activities and the promotion of good educational practices as they result from the operation and activity of the Network. The actions which carried out were including:

• Suggestions for wild fauna

• Excursion by bus and hiking through the area of Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park. Among other activities, on Saturday, 17th of December was organized a hiking along the forest path "Castle - Keramidaki of Kalavryta" with the presence of a forest protection expert, staff member of the Management Body, informing teachers about the operation of Management Body, the objectives and protection goals of the National Park and the rich flora and fauna of the area.

• Workshops in the field and in the halls of the Environmental Education Center of Kleitoria - Akrata in Klitoria.DSC02874

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Global distinction for the protected area of Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park - Certification for sustainable tourism.

On December 7, 2016, the President of the Management Body of Chelmos Vouraikos, Mr. Gregoris Iatrou, with the Project Coordinator, Ms. Eleni Koumoutsou and the Deputy Mayor of Kalavryta, Mr. Nikolaos Magafas, received the award for Sustainable Tourism, which marks the integration of Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park and UNESCO Global Geopark in the “European Charter for Sustainable Tourism”. The award took place at the European Parliament in Brussels by Ms. Carol Ritchie, Executive Director of the Pan-European Federation of National Parks and Protected Areas (EUROPARC Federation). The certification for the "European Charter for Sustainable Tourism”, is valid for five years (2016-2020). It is an important tool for the promotion of the entire area which has been characterized as National Park and Geopark, but also for the local community ensuring that tourism contributes to a balanced economic, social and environmental development.

 

By this way, an opportunity is given to local agents and stakeholders, through participatory processes, to improve the tourism product, the promotion of the region, the certification of local products, etc., and furthermore to propose measures and solutions, taking into account the environmental protection, the proper use of natural resources, the needs of local residents, local businesses and visitors. In this context, the relevant memorandum of cooperation is signed between the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, Municipalities of Kalavryta and Aigialeia and those who involved in sustainable tourism development in the region (Kalavryta Ski Centre, Achaia Development Agency SA, Agricultural Dairy Cooperative of Kalavryta, Kalavrita Hotel Association, The Cave of the Lakes, Environmental Education Center of Akrata Kleitoria-Akrata, Tourism Committees of Municipalitis of Kalavryta and Aigialeia, Quality of Life Committees of Municipalities of Kalavryta and Aigialeia and the Kalavryta Mountaineering Association).

We look forward to a lasting partnership with the local government, developers and entrepreneurs of the region, but also with all users of the protected area, aiming to the maximum benefit of the local community.

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 One-Day Conference organized by Aigialeia Municipality Day with the participation of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos:

"Protection and Sustainable Use & Utilization of Water Resources"

The Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos participated in the organization of the meeting of Aigialeia Municipality- Mayoralty for Development and the Network of Cities with Lakes about "Protection and Sustainable Use & Utilization of Water Resources", which took place on Saturday, 19 of November, 2016, at Zarouchla of Achaia. The activities began on Saturday at Zarouchla, including speeches, presentations and a photo exhibition. During the one-day conference, the chairman of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos presented good practices applied by the Management Body in the framework of biomonitoring programs, supervision, information and awareness of visitors of the National Park and Geopark of Chelmos-Vouraikos. On Sunday, 20th of November, many activities took place in Tsivlou lake (within the boundaries of Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park, an important Geotope of the UNESCO Global Geopark) showing to the visitors the natural beauty. The first race- Round of Tsivlou Lake, 5 and 10 km, took pace and was organized by the Municipality and the Athletic Association of Aigio, "ATHINODOROS the AIGIEYS". Moreover, other free sport events and activities took place both in the lake and around it, such as archery, rowing, flying fox etc, while the staff of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos and the Environmental Education Center of Kleitoria – Akrata undertook the experiential approach of the Lake with navigation around it.

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PRESS RELEASE PELOPONNESE EXPO, Tripoli, 9-13 November 2016

The Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos participated in the meeting “PELOPONNESE EXPO” with the stand of Municipality of Kalavryta, at Tripoli, on 9-13 November 2016. The meeting’s objective was to highlight productivity, commercial activity and vitality of the Greek Company,. It was organized by the Chambers of the Peloponnese Region in cooperation with the Chambers of Achaia and Ilia, under the auspices of the Peloponnese Region and the Municipality of Tripoli. This is a very important effort to promote and support entrepreneurship in Peloponnese, which is organized for first time with the type of a meeting in order to support business and development of Peloponnese.

The rich informative material of the Management Body about the promotion of biodiversity of the Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park and the prominence of the Chelmos-Vouraikos Global Geopark of UNESCO, gave the opportunity and the motivation to people to visit the Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark, whatever the season they want, since our aim is to extend the tourist season throughout the year with alternative tourism activities (hiking trails for the contact of people with the rich Biodiversity and the significant Geotopes of the protected area, cycling routes, environmental education with assistance from staff members of Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos). The stand of Municipality of Kalavryta had a big traffic all the days of the Meeting with Greek and foreign travel agents and visitors, who do not omit to express their special interest for the region.

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Global distinction for the protected area of Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park Certification for Sustainable Tourism

 

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Global distinction for the protected area of Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park
Certification for Sustainable Tourism

Continuing the effort of the Management Body (MB) of Chelmos - Vouraikos which started before about a year, with the significant and essential contribution of the company under the name “DATA RC - DATA RESEARCH AND CONSULTING", the international certification with the title "European Charter for Sustainable Tourism" by the Pan-European Federation of National Parks and Protected Areas (EUROPARC FEDERATION) based in Regensburg (Germany), has now been achieved for the Chelmos -Vouraikos National Park, which is also certified as Global Geopark of UNESCO, and for the local communities.

The effort was a part of the Project Environmental Park (EPA) of the “European Territorial Cooperation Programme Greece-Italy 2007-2013” of the Regional Development Fund of Region of Western Greece.

The Chelmos - Vouraikos National Park managed to join in an international network of protected areas that have received this award and it is the second protected area of Greece, while, National Park of Tzoumerka, Peristeri & Arachthos Gorge received this distinction before about a month. It has to be mentioned that members who have been certified with the "European Charter for Sustainable Tourism” are 157 regions from 19 countries. More information about the network can be found at the site: http://www.european-charter.org/home/.

The certification "European Charter for Sustainable Tourism”, is valid for five years (2016-2020). It is an important tool for the promotion of the entire area that has been designated as National Park and Geopark, but also for the local community, ensuring that tourism will contribute to a balanced economic, social and environmental development.

By this way, local agents and stakeholders, through participatory processes, are allowed to improve the tourism product, to enhance the promotion of the region, the certification of local products, etc., and to propose measures and solutions, taking into account the environmental protection, the proper use of natural resources, the needs of local residents, local businesses and visitors. In this context, was signed a few days ago a memorandum of cooperation between Management Body of Chelmos - Vouraikos and municipalities, as well as those involved in sustainable tourism development in the region (Kalavrita ski center, Achaia Development Agency SA, Agricultural Dairy Cooperative of Kalavryta, Kalavrita Hotel Association, Cave of the Lakes, Environmental Education Centre of Kleitoria-Akrata, Tourism Committees of Aigialeia and Kalavryta Municipalities, Quality of Life Committees of Aigialeia and Kalavryta Municipalities and the Kalavryta Mountaineering Association).

Moreover, among the members of the international network, an opportunity is given to develop better cooperation with other National Parks (eg Abruzzo, Cabo de Gata), to exchange views, to improve management practices, education-training of stakeholders and entrepreneurs, harmonization with global standards for sustainable tourism development, the proper use of natural resources, effective communication with visitors for the special features of each region, to create benefits from tourism to the local economy.

Finally, we look forward to a lasting partnership with the local government, development agencies and entrepreneurs of the region, but also all users of the protected area, aiming to the maximum benefit of the local community.

The Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body, during its nine years of operation, in addition to the important basic responsibility for monitoring and conservation of biodiversity in the National Park and locals and visitors information-awareness, has managed the integration of the protected area in the UNESCO World Heritage Monuments, entitled "UNESCO Global Geoparks", and in the EUROPARC network with the certification "European Charter for Sustainable Tourism". Through these networking tools, Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body is trying to contribute to the promotion of alternative tourism activities, environmental education, protection and enhancement of the environment in the protected area of the National Park, with multiple benefits for the local community.

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Educational excursion for 3rd year students of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras at Chelmos-Vouraikos Global Geopark

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Educational excursion for 3rd year students of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras at Chelmos-Vouraikos Global Geopark

 

The 3rd year students of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras had the opportunity to visit important Geotopes of the Chelmos-Vouraikos Global Geopark within an educational excursion for the course of “Sedimentology- Stratigraphy –Tectonics” at Thursday, 6th of October 2016.

The Αssistant Professor of Geology and Scientific  Associate at Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos
for Geopark issues, George Ιliopoulos, with his colleagues,  Associate Professor Paris Xypolias and Αssistant
 Professor  Pavlos Avramidis guided and informed students about the  geological and morphological features of exceptional value
 which they visited. Also, they informed students about the  new programme of UNESCO with the title “UNESO Global
 Geoparks”, in which Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park is involved, due to its important Geotopes, which are geological
 sites with exceptional scientific, aesthetic, educational value  and archaeological, ecological, historical or cultural interest
 (Cave of the Lakes, spring waters of Aroanios river at Planitero,  Gorge of Vouraikos river with the unique Odontotos rack
 railway Diakopto – Kalavrita, Tsivlou lake, Doxa lake etc).

On their way, they visited important Geotopes in the  Chelmos-Vouraikos Global Geopark, like Gorge of Vouraikos
 river, tectonic structures in Olonos-Pindos Zone, in Kleitoria,  Doxa Lake (Mylonites) and Feneos window.

The Department of Geology of the University of Patras, arrange field trips every year, within the Chelmos-Vouraikos
Global Geopark, which is a monument of UNESCO.

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1st International Meeting for Alternative Tourism EXPO NOSTOS, Nafpaktos, 14-17 October 2016

 

The Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark participated in this exhibition with the stand of Municipality Of Kalavrita with rich informative material for the promotion of biodiversity and geodiversity of the region and the prominence of the Chelmos-Vouraikos Global Geopark of UNESCO, while tourism infrastructure, the ski center of Kalavrita and alternative forms of tourism were represented by the Municipality. The exhibition traffic was great and gave the opportunity and motivation to the people to visit the Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark whatever the season. Also, meetings took place between Greek and foreign travel agents in order to deal tourist packages. Our goal is to extend the tourist season throughout the year, with hiking trails, cycling routes, environmental education with assistance from staff members of Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos etc.

Stay informed at www.fdchelmos.gr

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Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark Diakopto-Kalavryta Railway, 120 Years of Beauty and History

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Diakopto-Kalavryta Railway, 120 Years of Beauty and History

The gorge of Vouraikos River is one of the Geosites of the Chelmos - Vouraikos Global Geopark. The trail along the Vouraikos gorge is exceptionally beautiful, which makes this journey unique. The lithological composition of the Vouraikos gorge rocks, along with the continuing action of water, forming waterfalls, caves with stalactites andstalagmites, thus creates a striking landscape for the visitor. The natural beauty of the canyon can even be admired by walking next to the toothed lines, following the international E4path. In a journey where nature and history are intertwined, the rack railway train chugs along a dramatic 0.75-meter narrow ledge that overlooks waterfalls that rush below. The jagged tracks switch to and from beneath canopies of plane trees that gently brush by as the two carriages move through the towering cliffs, on their way towards the narrowest point of the journey as they squeeze through a tunnel known as the “Doors”.

For the last 120 years, the 22.5km journey has been inextricably linked to the 20km-long Vouraikos River at the Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark. Its anniversary will be celebrated from May 7 through to June 5 within the framework of European Geoparks Week. A lot of events will take place in the territory of the Geopark, in order to celebrate the 120 years of the rack railway train Diakopto-Kalavryta.

Stay informed at www.fdchelmos.gr

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Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark 36th annual crossing of Vouraikos Gorge

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36th annual crossing of Vouraikos Gorge

 

Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark will co-organize the annual Crossing of Vouraikos Gorge, alongside with the “Kalavryta Mountaineering Association”.

This well-know and highly touristic local event is taking place every year on the second Sunday of May, in one of the most beautiful places of the Peloponnese. The hikers, depart from Kalavryta rack-railway station on mount Chelmos and after an approximately 7-hour hike through Vouraikos gorge, they reach Diakofto rack-railway station at sea level. The route lies along Vouraikos river and passes through scenic traditional villages where the hikers have the opportunity to taste and purchase local products such as honey, cheese etc. The event is a great success since it is estimated that more than 2,000 people participate every year.

Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark supports and promotes the ecotouristic development of the area and several actions in order to better communicate the Geoparks’ principles in the local community.

Stay informed at www.fdchelmos.gr.

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