Α. Preparatory actions

Technical study for the rehabilitation of Hungarian oak and Holm oak woods habitat types

The study (in Greek) was conducted by the Greek Biotope/Wetland Centre and has already been put into effect.

Training of forest workers and the Monks responsible for forest management

This action, which constituted the last preparatory stage for the implementation of coppicing, was successfully completed by the Greek Biotope/Wetland Centre. In order to meet the training objectives, a special brochure (in Greek) was created, providing information on the application of coppicing methods and on safety while working in the forest.

 

Β. Management actions

Selective - inversion thinning

This action is progressing at a very satisfactory rate. 450 ha were thinned by the end of February 2006, which corresponds to 90% of the total surface area that will be thinned as part of the LIFE project.

Removal of climbing plants during thinning in a section of the forest of the Holy Monastery of Iviron. (Photo: Petros Kakouros)

 

View of the same section of the forest of the Holy Monastery of Iviron after the thinning.

(Photo: Petros Kakouros)

 

Establishment of monitoring system

For the implementation of this action 45 test surfaces (Map) in the coppice Hungarian oak and Holm oak stands were established, according to the guidelines (in Greek). Further details can be found in the final report of the action (in Greek) and the Report for the evaluation of the effects of the inversion thinnings to the vegetation (in Greek).

 
Collection of vegetation data Collection of silvicultural data

                              

   Signposting of monitoring surface.

Signposting of trees.

 

C. Public awareness and dissemination of results

Information material

The project's information leaflet ( greek or english) and layman's report (greek or english) have been produced.

Signposting

Two information labels were placed in locations indicated by the Holy Community.

 

Guidelines for the rehabilitation of coppice Hungarian oak and Holm oak woods habitat types

The gfuidelines under the title "Guidelines for the rehabilitation of degraded oak forests"  aims at the promotion of selective-inversion thinning in Greece as long as in the Mediterranean in general, as the most sustainable method for the rehabilitation of coppice forests. 

The guide was produced in two languages (English and Greek), in 1000 copies each. The publication will be distributed to forest authorities and other organisations involved in the management of forest ecosystems in Greece and other Mediterranean countries. It will be distributed by The Holy Community of Mount Athos and Greek Biotope/Wetlnad Centre (EKBY).

 

Meeting 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 Eagles Palace 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 from the congress (Photos A.Tavridis / P. Kallifatidis)

 

 

Video movie

The video movie with the title the rehabilitation of degraded oak and evergreen sclerophyllous forests under the title "Rehabilitation of coppice Quercus frainetto (9280) woods and Quercus ilex (9340) woods to high forest" was released.

The movie aims at the dissemination to the public of the selective - inversion thinning method and the results of its implementation. The movie focus on the results of the thinnings along with all oter related activities suc as the training of forest workers and the Monks responsible for forest management and the establishment of the monitoring system. The video present information for the natural environment of Mount Athos with focusing mainly on holm oak and hungarian oak forests and moments from the closing conference.

The movie was produced in DVD in english and greek language and is distributed by The Holy Community of Mount Athos and Greek Biotope/Wetlnad Centre (EKBY).