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Educational excursion of students of the Department of Geography, University of Aegean, in the Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark

Students of the Department of Geography, University of Aegean, had the opportunity to visit Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park on Monday, 20 November 2017, accompanied by the Professor Nikolaos Zouros, the President of the Hellenic Committee of UNESCO Geoparks. The Project Coordinator of the Management Body, Mrs Koumoutsou Eleni, with the scientific staff greet the students at Gorge of Vouraikos River and at the infrastructures of the Management Body of Chelmos –Vouraikos, at Kalavryta. A debate was held with main subject the natural heritage and biodiversity of the region declaired “UNESCO Global Geopark”. The visit at Kalavrita was completed by the ascent to the Holocaust Monument. The visit was carried out in the framework of an environmental education program of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body and the networking of the UNESCO Global Geoparks in Greece.

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PRESS RELEASE Educational excursion of 2nd and 3rd year students of the Department of Geology, University of Patras in the Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark

The third year students of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras had the opportunity to visit important “Geotopes” of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark, during a training excursion for the courses “Sedimentology”- “Stromatography” –“Tectonic” on Saturday 21 October 2017.

The Associate Professor of the Department of Geology, Georgios Iliopoulos and scientific collaborator of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos for Geopark issues, with his colleagues, the Associate Professor Paris Xipolias and Associate Professor Pavlos Avramidis, guided and informed the students about the geological and morphological features with exceptional value which they visited. Also they informed students about the new project of UNESCO with the title “UNESCO Global Geoparks”, in which Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park participates, due to its significant Geotopes, which are geological areas that have a special scientific, aesthetic, educational value but also archaeological, ecological, historical or cultural interest, such as the Cave of the Lakes, spring waters of Aroanios River in Planitero, the River of Vouraikos Gorge with the unique Odontotos rack railway Diakopto – Kalavrita, Tsivlou lake, Doxa lake etc.

On their way, they visited important Geotopes within Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark, like Gorge of Vouraikos River, tectonic structures in Olonos-Pindos Zone (region of Drymos, Lykouria), Feneos tectonic window and Doxa Lake (Mylonites).

Also, the second year students of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras, on Friday, November 3, 2017, guided to other important Geotopes of the Geopark at Kerinitsa, at the Cave of the Lakes at Kastria, at Tsivlou Lake, as well as at the tectonic structures of the Olonos-Pindos Zone (region of St. Nicholaos). Finally, a presentation about Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark and the actions of the Management Body took place by the scientific staff of the Management Body at the Information Center of its infrastructure at Kalavrita.

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

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Participation of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body in Information and Awareness Actions.

Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body participated in awareness raising actions on Saturday, September 9, 2017. About 40 members of the Hellenic
Society for the Protection of Nature visited Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park and more specifically they walked around Tsivlou Lake and were guided by
forest protection experts, staff of the Management Body, on the waymarked Trail of Valvousi-Keramidaki of the Protected Area.

On the afternoon of the same day, they visited the Information Center of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body and they attended a presentation by the
Project Coordinator of the Management Body, Ms. Eleni Koumoutsou, as regards the actions and work of the Management Body, as well as the
importance of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark for the local community. Also, a presentation related with the actions of the Environmental
Education Centre of Kleitoria-Akrata was carried out by Charilaos Moschopoulos, Manager of the Environmental Education Centre of Kleitoria - Akrata.

 

 

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2nd Environmental and Sports Meeting of Lake Tsivlou

Aigialeia Municipality with the collaboration of the Management Body of Chelmos- Vouraikos, in October 2017, organized the Environmental and Athletic Meeting at
Tsivlos Lake (38 ° 4601'N - 22 ° 13.953'E) in Greece. The Geopark of Chelmos-Vouraikos and the Environmental Education Centre of
Kleitoria-Akrata guided the participants informing them about the ecological interest of the area.

The members of the Pedagogy Team of the Environmental Education Centre of Kleitoria - Akrata carried out activities with environmental laboratories and games
for children.  The Road Race - Round of Tsivlou Lake (10 km for adults and two road races 5.5 km and 2 km for children) had a great participation while the audience participated
in archery lessons, kayaking, rafting and two-person inflatable kayaks, flying fox, and exhibitions with local products, traditional recipes and products of local gastronomy.

 

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Participation of Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos in activities of May 2017

Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos participated this year during May 2017 in a number of activities and events to promote the “Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park” and “UNESCO Global Geopark”.

In the context of the events "EN SYRMO 2017- The art train", organized by the Municipality for Public Benefit of Aegialia, Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos had the opportunity to present “Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park” at the Information Center of its infrastructure to a group of students of the Athens School of Fine Arts who visited Vouraikos Gorge and Odontotos rack railway Diakopto – Kalavrita and inspired to create their works of art, in order to promote the route Diakopto - Kalavrita crossed by the railway. Also, within the context of the same institution, on Saturday, 27th of May 2017, Assistant Professor of Geology of the University of Patras and Special Associate of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark, Dr. George Iliopoulos, presented important Geotopes of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark and the importance of geo-routes for the local community, with the aim of attracting visitors to the area, thus concluding this year's events of "EN SYMMO" and renewing the appointment for May 2018.

On Friday, 12th of May, 2017, within the context of the 1st “Patras Science Festival”(May 10-13), which was hosted at the infrastructures of Hellenic Open University, in Patras, Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos presented the ecological value of the Protected Area with regard to the floristic richness, focusing mainly on the five exclusively endemic plants of Chelmos, and the only exclusive endemic plant of Vouraikos Gorge. Adults and children had the opportunity to discover the science behind every facet of their lives, discuss with scientists, experiment, play, participate in workshops, and attend interesting lectures and performances. http://www.patras-science-festival.gr/exhibitions/chloridiki-pikilotita-sto-ethniko-parko-chelmou-vouraikou/

On Saturday, 20th of May, 2017, Descent of Vouraikos Gorge took place with a group members of the University of Patras and the Environmental Volunteer Group, with the support and continuous guidance of the staff members of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos. On the same day, at the Information Center of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, Information presentations took place for Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park” and its important species of flora, as well as for the UNESCO World Geopark, by Ms. Eleni Koumoutsou, Project Coordinator, and Maria Tsakiri, Biologist and Special Associate of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos.

On 24th of May 2017, in the context of the celebration of the European Day of Parks, Eleni Koumoutsou, Project Coordinator of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, presented important elements of the Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park on a show on the local TV channel "IONIAN CHANNEL". The National Park has been incorporated into the “Pan-European Federation of National Parks and Protected Areas”, and has been certified with the title "European Charter for Sustainable Tourism".

Finally, our region visited primary and secondary schools from all over Greece in the context of environmental education and the celebration of the “World Environment Day”, which is every year on 5th of June. Students were guided in the exhibition which is in the infrastructure of the Management Body and attended an interactive presentation of the National Park while being informed about the “Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park” and “UNESCO Global Geopark”. The Kastro-Keramidaki path, which is marked and includes important geotopes, gave the opportunity to students to experience the images and the sounds of their previous information.

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CHELMOS VOURAIKOS GEOPARK, GREECE Progress Report, September 2016–March 2017

CHELMOS VOURAIKOS Geopark, GREECE

 

Progress Report, September 2016–March 2017

 

Geopark Activities

 

  1. 1.Active presence in social networks: Facebook

 

  1. 2.Different scientific publications related to ongoing researches, Iron furnaces in the Geopark, the management of geo-heritage in Pro Geo news, etc.

 

  1. 3.Hiking trail within the Geopark with a team of educators as a part of a training seminar-laboratory of the National Thematic Network for Environmental Education with the title “Wild Fauna in Danger".

 

  1. 4.Certification for the “ European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas” at the European Parliament in Brussels by EUROPARC's Executive Director, Ms. Carol Ritchie.

 

5.    One-day Workshop under the auspices of the Municipality of Aigialeia, with the participation of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos with the title “Protection and Sustainable Use & Utilization of Water Resources"

 

6.    Experiential approach of the Tsivlou Lake with guided tour around it by the staff of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos and the Environmental Education Centre of Kleitoria – Akrata. 

 

  1. 7.Participation of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos in the meeting “PELOPONNESE EXPO” with the stand of Municipality of Kalavryta.

 

  1. 8.Educational excursion of 3rd year students of Geology of the University of Patras at the UNESCO Global Geopark of Chelmos-Vouraikos

 

  1. 9.Participation of the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos with the stand of Municipality of Kalavryta in the «NOSTOS» 1st GREEK ALTERNATIVE TOURISM EXPO 2016.

 

10. Informative event with the title “Metachromatic ulcer of the plane tree: Prevention and measures of treatment of the disease” at the Geotope of the springs of Aroanios river

 

11. Events organized with the cooperation of the Hellenic Ornithological Society with the title "Shallow sounds 2017" with the participation of students of 2nd Grade of Gymnasium for the arrival of the spring

 

Networking

 

  1. 1.Participation in the 7th International Conference of UNESCO Global Geoparks 2016 in English.

 

  1. 2.Contribution to EGN magazine Issue 14 “Diakopto-Kalavryta Railway”, 120 Years of Beauty and History

 

  1. 3.Sent a high definition video that represents the descent of a path that leads to the waters of Styx, one of the Geotopes in Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark in order to embody it to the EGN video during the EGN CC.

 

  1. 4.Sending an article of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark for EGN newsletter No. 7

 

  1. 5.Videoconferencing via Skype of the Greek Forum of Geoparks (Nov 2016).

 

 

Activity by Partners

  1. 1.Sending photographic material in Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark in order to present the strenght of our network and other UNESCO Global Geoparks with a photo exhibition on a screen in our Visitor Center.

 

  1. 2.Send text and photographs for the creation of a newsletters that will be presented at ITB Exhibition in Berlin (8th-11th of March), as an advertisement of our network and for the creation of an informative map for publication and distribution in the tourism exhibition ITB Berlin, which will be related with Sustainable Development.

 

  1. 3.Sending a representative picture with a landscape of the Geopark at the European network of GEOPARKS (EGN), for the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, 2017.

 

  1. 4.Update of the web page of our UNESCO Global Geopark in the site of GGN

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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

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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.

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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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