News

December 2006  

Project's completion

After a three-year period of fruitfull efforts and excellent cooperation between its partners the project concluded succesfully at the end of December.

Video movie on the rehabilitation of coppice Hungarian oak and Holm oak woods habitat types

The video movie on the rehabilitation of coppice Hungarian oak and Holm oak woods habitat types has been released and will be soon distributed. Foe more information please contact The Holy Community of Mount Athos and Greek Biotope/Wetlnad Centre (EKBY).

 

September 2006  

Conference for the presentation of the project

The Holy Community of Mount Athos organised the end-of-project conference on Thursday, 28th of September 2006, where the aims, the actions and the results of the project were presented. The conference held place at the ďEagles PalaceĒ Hotel in Ouranoupoli, Chalkidiki , Greece and was attended by representatives of the Forest Service, of the Ministry of Rural Development and Food and others.

Moments form the congress (Photos A.Tavridis / P. Kalifatidis)

 

May 2006

   Mr Olivier Coppieters t' Wallant visit to Mount Athos  

The "Rehabilitation of coppice Quercus frainetto woods (9280) and Quercus ilex woods (9340) to high forest" project were commended by  Mr Olivier Coppieters t' Wallant, representative of the LIFE projects external team, during their visit. Mr Coppieters had the opportunity to take a tour of several forest sections that had already been thinned and to become acquainted with the spiritual and natural riches of Mount Athos.

 

Commemorative photographs of the visit of Mr Coppieters. (Photos: A. Tavridis)

 

February 2005

Meeting of the LIFE projectís Steering Committee

The 2nd meeting of the monitoring committee was attended by all Life-Nature "Rehabilitation of coppice Quercus frainetto woods (9280) and Quercus ilex woods (9340) to high forest" project stakeholders. The Steering Committee is composed of one representative from the Holy Community of Mount Athos, one representative from the Greek Biotope/Wetland Centre and one representative from the Directorate General for the Development and Protection of Forests and the Natural Environment (Ministry of Rural Development and Food).

The smooth implementation of the project was ascertained by everyone, who expressed their satisfaction regarding the successful application of coppicing.

 

October 2004

  Mr Bruno Julien and Mr Olivier Patrimonio visit to Mount Athos

The "Rehabilitation of coppice Quercus frainetto woods (9280) and Quercus ilex woods (9340) to high forest" project and efforts to conserve the nature of Mount Athos were commended by Mr Bruno Julien, representative of the European Commissionís Directorate General for the Environment, and Mr Olivier Patrimonio, representative of the LIFE projects external team, during their visit. Mr Julien and Mr Patrimonio were given an update on the projectís progress, while also having the opportunity to take a tour of forest sections that had already been thinned and to become acquainted with the spiritual and natural riches of Mount Athos.

Professor Spyros Dafis expounds the projectís objectives. (Photo: P. Kakouros)

 

June 2004

Training of forest workers and the Monks responsible for forest management

The first training seminar, concerning the inversion thinning of Hungarian oak and Holm oak woods, took place in Mount Athos in July 10th, 2004 (June 27th, 2004 Mount Athos date) which appealed to the Monks charged on the management of the forested lands of the Monasteries, to the forest workers who work at the woods of the Monasteries, as well as to timber merchants, who benefit from the woods of Mount Athos as subcontractors. The main spokesman, on behalf of the Greek Biotope / Wetland Center (ΕΚΒΥ) was the emeritus Professor of Forestry and Natural Environment, Dr. Spiros Dafis. The seminar was attended by a significant number of people, almost 35 who for the first time had the opportunity to discuss several issues conserning the implementation of selective Ė inversion thinning in oak forests.

Commemorative photograph of the participants in the theoretical section of the training seminar. (Photo: A. Tavridis)

 

Commencement of selective inversion thinnings

The Life-Nature "Rehabilitation of coppice Quercus frainetto woods (9280) and Quercus ilex woods (9340) to high forest" projectís preparatory actions were immediately followed by its main action, namely eelective inversion thinnings coppicing, with excellent results.

 

A Holm oak stand after selective thinning in the forest of the Holy Monastery of Iviron.

(Photo: P. Kakouros)