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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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Our Geopark’s revalidation

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The Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, in order to further contribute towards the promotion of alternative tourism, environmental education and the sustainable management of the environment in the protected area of Chelmos-Vouraikos, on October of 2009, joined the European and Global Geoparks’ networks under the auspices of UNISCO. The membership of of each Geopark is evaluated every four years. Membership of the Network European Geoparks lasts four years, after which every Geopark is subjected to a revalidation by international experts committee.


During 6-9th of July 2015, our Geopark’s revalidation mission took place by the authorized evaluators of the European and Global Geoparks’ Network, Ms. Melanie Border and Mr. Ángel Hernández.

The evaluators visited several sites of the area and were informed both on the ongoing projects within the region and on the actions undertaken by the Management Body.
They visited the Cave of the Lakes, the sources of Aroanios river at Planitero, the facilities of the Agricultural Dairy Cooperation of Kalavryta, the Environmental Education Centre of Kleitoria - Akrata, and they also hiked the Vouraikos Gorge and treaveld with the scenic rack railway. Gorge Vouraikos River and tour of the cog sidirodrmo Diakofto - Kalavryta . They also visited Mount Chelmos and took a tour at the facilities of the Ski Centre and the Aristarchos telescope. Finally, they waked the trail of Valvousi-Keramidaki at the Aesthetic forest of Kalavryta, and the visited the monastery of Ascension at kastria and the Holocaust Museum.


The evaluators were impressed by the strong, alternating landscape, the important Geotopes of the region and the hospitality of the local people. They emphasized on the great potential of the area for the promotion of various forms of tourism (ecotourism, geotourism, religious tourism, etc.) and the important role that the Management Body can play. During the revalidation mission many constructive discussions were held with local officials and with Ass. Professor George Iliopoulos, a constant advisor on Geology, of Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark. The remarks regarded to the continuation of the high level of infrastructure and services by the staff of the Management Body.

 


Evaluators informed us on their positive recommendation to the European and Global Geoparks’ Network regarding Chelmos-Vouraikos revalidation; however the official announcement will take place after the Advisory Committee deliberation during the meeting of the European Network of Geoparks in Geopark Rokua, Finland, in September 2015.

During their visit the evaluators met with:

The Chairman of the Management Body, Prof. Dr. Gregory Iatrou,

Mayor of Kalavryta, Mr. George Lazouras,

The Vice Governor of Western Greece, Mr. George Angelopoulos,

The President City Council of Kalavryta, Mr.. Nicholas Magafas,

The Deputy Director of the Forest Agency of Kalavryta, Mr. George Tsagianidi,

The Director of the Cave of the Lakes, Mr. Thanasis Zissimopoulos,

The Director of the Ski Centre of Kalavryta, Mr. Leonidas Spyropoulos,

Director of the Agricultural Dairy Cooperation of Kalavryta, Mr. Aris Golfinopoulos

The post-doc researcher of the Aristarchos telescope, Dr. John Alikakis,

The Director of the Environmental Education Centre of Kleitoria - Akrata, Mr. Xaris Moshopoulos,

 

and discussed with them the potential of further touristic development of the area and the implementation and of international collaborations.

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