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Celebrating World Environment Day 2020

Celebrating World Environment Day 2020

World Environment Day (WED) was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972. Two years later, in 1974 the first WED was held with the theme "Only One Earth". The theme for World Environment Day 2020 is “Time for Nature”, with a focus on its role in providing the essential infrastructure that supports life on Earth and human development. Every year on June 5th, WED is celebrated to encourage awareness and activism on issues related to the environment and its rescue, worldwide, engaging governments, businesses, celebrities, and citizens to focus their efforts on major environmental issues, which affect the well-being of peoples and economic development throughout the world.

To celebrate WED, Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, through its representatives, participates every year in various events, such as information visits to schools and exhibitions with photographic and informational material about the biodiversity of the protected area, and also hosts visitors, adults and students, to the protected area and the information center of the Management Body, informs about the ecological and aesthetic value and the special protection regime of the protected areas and distributes information material about the rare flora and fauna species of the protected area.

This year, a special year due to the measures against the dispersal of COVID-19, the difficulty of participating in live events, and on the occasion of World Environment Day, Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, presents on its website, for the first time, the information brochure “ALTERNATIVE TOURISM ROUTES, CHELMOS-VOURAIKOS NATIONAL PARK, UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARK”, the publication of which took place as an action within the project “INHERIT”.

The European project INHERIT (https://inherit.interreg-med.eu/) is implemented under the "INTERREG MED" Programme. The project involves 15 partners and 3 support partners from 10 Mediterranean countries headed by the Peloponnese Region. The project aims to protect and promote the natural heritage of Mediterranean coastal and marine tourist destinations. Also an important objective of the project is the establishment of “INHERITURA” areas, coastal areas of the Mediterranean with a natural heritage, tourism areas, with high tourist activity, which take actions to protect and exploit the environment through bottom-up activities. For the University of Patras, the candidate area "INHERITURA" is Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park, where the pilot actions of the INHERIT project are expected to take place. Promoting the area as an “INHERITURA” area will bring a number of benefits such as increasing traffic to the area while simultaneously increasing recreation and food service activities, creating an added value for the owners of the area and creating branded agricultural products with the aim of generating an additional income by promoting them to the local market.

See the information brochure

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