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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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