More than 165 projects, small and large, attest to EKBY’s determination to improve knowledge, to provide conservation and sustainable management for ecosystems, to offer training, education and public awareness-raising of the need to protect natural resources. Below are some indicative EKBY projects:


IMPROVING KNOWLEDGE

Inventory of wetlands: Inventory of Greek wetlands as natural resources, in association with the Ministry for the Environment. Updating and enriching the national wetland database. Mapping of Greek wetlands using the MedWet method. Inventory of Albanian wetlands. Proposals to implement remote sensing in inventory of wetlands and development of modern tools for the management of environmental information.

Technical coordination of MedWet information and knowledge network for the sustainable development of wetland ecosystems (Project: MedWet-Reseau CODDE).

Inventory, identification, assessment and mapping of habitat types, flora and fauna in Greece (Directive 92/43/ΕEC): Creation of scientifically documented directory of areas meeting the inclusion criteria for the NATURA 2000 Network (Project: LIFE Nature, in association with the Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry of Rural Development and Food).

Identification and description of habitat types in areas of natural conservation interest: Scientific coordination of a project to map habitat types in Greece (Ministry of Environment project).

Supplementary data for the database of NATURA 2000 sites: Amendments to National Directory, based on recommendations of Seminars on Mediterranean Bio-geographical Region (A Ministry of Environment project).

System for hydrology using land observation for model calibration (SHYLOC): Development of a system for identification and calculation of the area of a water surface from satellite images, to feed data into hydrological simulation (Project FP5, coordinated by the Joint Research Centre).

Biodiversity impact assessment using species sensitivity scores (BioScore): Evaluation of pressures on biodiversity from policy implementation and various activities, using vulnerable species (Project FP6, coordinated by the ECNC).

Spatial indicators for European nature conservation (SPIN): Development and evaluation of spatial system of indicators, based on use of satellite data, for monitoring and management of protected areas (Project FP5, coordinated by the Deutsches Zentrumfuer Luft und Raumfahrte).

Integrated management of European wetlands (IMEW): Study recording local community perceptions of the natural environment, in respect of economic activities, education, administrative structures of management and practises of tourism (Project FP5, coordinated by the University of Durham).

European valuation and assessment tools supporting wetland ecosystem legislation (EVALUWET): Contribution to development and implementation of a system to support decisions, which will assist in attaining the objectives of the Water Framework Directive (Project FP5, coordinated by Royal Holloway and Bedford New College).

European project to evaluate impacts of global change on freshwater ecosystems (EUROLIMPACS): Exploration of impact of climate changes on structure and operation of European freshwater resources. Creation of integrated support system for decision taking in management of freshwater resources (Project FP6, coordinated by University College London).

 

CONSERVATION-MANAGEMENT

Management plan specifications: Drafting guidelines for management plans for NATURA 2000 sites (Ministry of Environment project).

Coordinated actions for management of coastal zone of Strymonic Gulf: Showcase project for integrated management of coastal zones (Project: LIFE Environment, in association with the Fisheries Research Institute).

Conservation and management of sites of community interest in Greece (Directive 92/43/ΕEC): Preparation of special management plans for selected areas in NATURA 2000 Network, information campaigns and monitoring guidelines (Project: LIFE Nature).

Conservation measures for the Vai palm forest, Crete: Conservation and rehabilitation of the palm forest, regulation of tourist activities and promotion of sustainable tourism, environmental interpretation (Project: LIFE Nature, in association with Panayia Akrotiriani Monastery and Lasithi Forest Service of Region of Crete).

Rehabilitation of coppice Quercus frainetto woods (9280) and Quercus ilex woods (9340) to high forests: Rehabilitation of 1,250 acres through inversion thinning of coppice Quercus frainetto and Quercus ilex woods (Project: LIFE Nature, Beneficiary: Holy Community of Mt. Athos).

Restoration and environmental interpretation of the riparian forest of Nestos delta: Restoration of natural vegetation and highlighting of values of riparian forest. Creation of environmental parks, organisation of information infrastructures (Project funded by countries of European Economic Area, in collaboration with the Regional Authority of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace).

Determining of methodology and preparation of specifications for evaluating areas and for their characterization as Special Protection Areas for birdlife: Preparation of specifications and pilot application in 10 regions (Project: Operational Programme ‘Environment’ 2000-2006).

Exchange of expertise for promotion of joint planning of management of regions of special ecological importance, on the mountain range of Rhodope, in the spirit of Directive 92/43/ΕEC: Scientific coordination of actions (INTERREG project run by Prefectural Authority of Drama-Kavala-Xanthi). 

Technical Consultant supporting implementation of projects included in Measure 8.1 of the Operational Programme ‘Environment’ and whose final beneficiaries are the Management Authorities of the protected areas (Project: Operational Programme ‘Environment’ 2000-2006).

Restoration of wetlands: Design of model for re-creation of the former lake Karla. Plans for restoration of the dry lagoon of Drana and contribution to the restoration of lake Mavrouda. Identification of projects for the restoration and conservation of the Kalohori lagoon. Definition of required interventions for the protection and restoration of the functions of lakes Cheimaditida-Zazari and promotion of their implementation in collaboration with the Prefectural Authority of Florina and other organisations in the context of a LIFE Nature project. Definition of required interventions for the re-creation of the former lake Askourida in the Prefecture of Larisa. Scientific publication on the restoration of Mediterranean wetlands.

Scientific support for the preparation of texts on national strategy and action programmes for the wetland resources of Greece, the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable management and development of agricultural resources (Ministries of Environment and Rural Development and Food).

Assessment of wetland functions and values of trans-border lake Doirani and proposals for restoration interventions: Assessment of functions and values of lake, preparation of management proposals (HELLENIC AID project, with the NGO BIOECO as a local partner).

Transboundary cooperation according to the Water Framework Directive: Transfer of technology and exchange of experiences with scientists in the Former Yugoslavia (HELLENIC AID project).

Transboundary cooperation for the surface water resources management in the Aoos/Vjosa watershed: Identification of pressures, mapping of protected areas, organisation of Geographical Information System, proposal for management guidelines, identification of statutory framework for water resources in Albania (HELLENIC AID project, with ECAT Tirana being the local partner).

Hellenic-Turkish cooperation for reinforcing the protection and management of wetland resources: Monitoring of biological parameters in selected lakes and issuing a guide on water monitoring (HELLENIC AID project, in association with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Nomos and Physis and the Middle East Technical University).

Ecosystem based water resources management to minimize environmental impacts from agriculture using state of the art modelling tools in Strymonas basin: Design of hydrological simulation system and monitoring system, evaluation of functions, recording of agricultural practices, assessment of volume, cost and prices of use of water, formulation of alternative management proposals, in accordance with the agro-environmental policy of the European Union (Project: LIFE Environment, in association with the Prefectural Authority of Serres, the Serres Development Enterprise and the Association for Protection of Lake Kerkini).

Development of systems and management tools for the water resources of the Water Regions of Western Macedonia, Central Macedonia, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace: Gathering hydrological data on electronic data bases and geographical information systems. Definition of hydrological balance on the level of the river basin. Recording of current and future water needs. Recording the state of natural environment. Development and implementation of original water resource management systems (Ministry of Development project).

Greek-Bulgarian cooperation to strengthen protection and management of natural resources: Use of cutting-edge technology for conservation and management of water resources in river Strymon basin. Planning for conservation and promotion of Rhodope (HELLENIC AID project).

Protection and Rehabilitation of water and forest resources of the Prefecture of Rodopi: within the framework of the EEA Financial Mechanism for period 2004 – 2009.

Restoration of the forests on Mount Parnonas and conservation guidelines for Mount Taygetos in Lakonia: within the framework of the EEA Financial Mechanism for period 2004 – 2009.

Adaptation of forest management to climate change in Greece: In the framework of the Project, the following sets of action are being implemented: a) demonstration of the approach of adapting forest management to climate change in four selected forest ecosystems where changes in vegetation have already been observed (assessment of the impacts of climate change on the above mentioned ecosystems, proposals of adaptation measures and subsequent modification of their forest management plans) and b) enhancement of the country's forest services in adapting management to climate change at the regions of their authority (through the holding of training seminars and the publication of relevant guidelines).

 

COMMUNICATION – PUBLIC AWARENESS - EDUCATION-TRAINING

ΑMPHIVION: 16-page bimonthly journal, issued since 1993, providing information on natural resource conservation issues.

Printed and audiovisual publications: Creation of some 60 leaflets and 41 posters. Issuing of publication titled «Greek Wetlands». Creation of CD-ROM on Greek wetlands.

Environmental Education: Production of educational material (The coastal zone, Lakes Volvi and Koroneia, Lake Kerkini, Lakes Cheimaditida and Zazari, The protected areas of Cyprus, etc.). Planning and organisation of seminars on environmental education, staff training, support to school programmes. Participation in thematic networks (e.g. River Aliakmon).

Cross-border cooperation and exchange of expertise for the use of educational technology in environmental education: Study of existing situation in environmental education in cross-border region of Greece and former Yugoslavia. Creation of educational material, further training of teachers and dissemination of results (INTERREG project).

Environmental interpretation infrastructure projects: Creation and organisation of Museum of Fishing Vessels and Equipment at Moudania. Planning and creation of Visitor Centre at Nestos Riparian Forest. Planning and Creation of Lake Doirani Museum. Planning of Grevena Eco-Museum, Natural History Museum of Vitsa, Museum of Olympos National Park, Moudros Maritime Museum, Lakes Cheimaditida and Zazari Information Centre, Avdera Information Centre. Planning and construction of eco-trails at Olympos, and Rhodope protected areas.

Common approaches to a joint planning for the promotion of the ecologically sensitive sites on the Rhodope mountain: Preparation of a plan for promotion of destinations of natural and aesthetic interest in Rhodope. Exchange of expertise, actions for promotion and publicity, production of printed and audiovisual material (INTERREG project by the Prefectural Authority of Drama-Kavala-Xanthi).

Development of infrastructure for the environmental promotion and interpretation of lake Doirani and increase of the entrepreneurial capacity of the local community: Plan for promotion of destinations of natural and aesthetic interest at lake Doirani, enrichment of Lake Doirani Museums, improving capacity of staff to organize and operate information infrastructures (HELLENIC AID project).

Dissemination of scientific and technological information and awareness-raising in natural environment and water issues: Organisation of exhibition titled «Water. Drops of knowledge», organisation of conference on «Natural ecosystems and water», production of printed and audiovisual publications, promotion and publicity actions (Project: HERMES-OPEN DOORS of General Secretariat of Research & Technology).

Creation of a competencies acquisition and accreditation system in the employment sector of environmental protection: Production of training material in aspects of management of protected regions (EQUAL project).

Training in wetland inventory using modern technology: Training actions in Serbia (HELLENIC AID project).

Capacity building on conservation of Albanian wetland ecosystems (ALWET): Τransfer of expertise in inventorying wetlands. Production of educational package on inventorying wetlands using up-to-date tools. Running of courses and education of instructors (Project: LIFE Third Countries, Beneficiary: ECAT-Τirana).


 

 

European project to evaluate impacts of global change on freshwater ecosystems (EUROLIMPACS)

Assessment and mitigation of global change effect on water ecosystems. Project implemented by the Royal Holloway Institute of the University of London (project leader), and another 34 Universities and research institutes in the EU. The Greek Biotope/Wetland Centre contributes to the project as follows:

For more information on the project, visit the official website.

 

Promoting the rehabilitation of coppice Quercus frainetto woods and Quercus ilex woods to high forests (Mount Athos)

The objective of this Life Nature project is the rehabilitation of coppice Quercus frainetto woods (9280) and Quercus ilex woods (9340) habitat types to high forest. Rehabilitation of high forest will increase diversity by enhancing floristic diversity especially of the understory vegetation and by increasing the structural diversity of the forest. Rehabilitation will also reduce fire risk to these habitat types in Mount Athos.

The main action is the implementation of selective-inversion thinning to the stands of the above mentioned habitat types, which are currently managed as coppice forests. This action is directly supported by the training of the personnel involved (forest workers and the Monks responsible for the management of the forests), by a technical study which describes the inversion and contains the schedule of thinnings for the first ten years after the beginning of the action and by the establishment of a monitoring system which will enhance the optimisation of the inversion process.  

Several other actions, regarding the dissemination of the benefits of the selective-inversion thinnings for the rehabilitation of Quercus frainetto woods (9280) and Quercus ilex woods (9340) habitat types and for the prevention of fires will take place. These actions are a meeting at the end of the project, signposting, a leaflet, which will be widely distributed in Greece , a web page for up-to-date information and a movie, which will present the whole project. Also a "Guide for the rehabilitation of coppice Quercus frainetto woods (9280) and Quercus ilex woods (9340) habitat types" will be published and will be also widely distributed. 

After the thinning of 500 ha of coppice stands a cornerstone for the rehabilitation of Quercus frainetto woods (9280) and Quercus ilex woods (9340) habitat types will be in place, while fire risk will be reduced. Additionally, the established monitoring system will ensure the optimisation of the rehabilitation process. 

The efforts for the conservation of these habitat types and for the prevention of fires will be substantially improved by the wide publicity of the project for the rehabilitation of Quercus frainetto woods (9280) and Quercus ilex woods (9340) habitat types.

The Holy Community of Mount Athos is the project beneficiary. EKBY, as a project partner, has undertaken the scientific coordination of the project; it will further contribute to the elaboration of studies, the implementation of training and public awareness activities, and the dissemination of results.

For more information on the project, visit the official website.

 

 

 
Ecosystem based water resources management to minimize environmental impacts from agriculture using state of the art modelling tools in Strymonas basin

The overall objective of this Life Environment project is to promote the sustainable management of surface waters and groundwater in Strymonas River Basin assisting the implementation of Water Framework Directive.

The specific objectives are:

The following actions took place for the implementation of the project:

The project was implemented by EKBY, in collaboration with the Land Reclamation Service of the Prefecture of Serres, the Development Agency of Serres S.A., and the Association for the Protection of Lake Kerkini. For more information on the project, visit the official website.  

 

 

Development of systems and management tools for the water resources of the Water Regions of Western Macedonia, Central Macedonia, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace

The aim of the project is the application of models for the management of water resources of the study area ( Northern Greece ), which will constitute the main administrative tool for the formation and further periodical update of the Management Plans of Water Resources per River Basin in accordance with the Water Framework Directive 2000/60. The project is materialised in the following actions:

The technical approach is based on the installation of three compatible and mutually interconnected software components that all together fulfill the requirements in TOR:

The project is implemented by ENM Ltd. (project contractor) in collaboration with EKBY and the Danish Hydraulics Institute. EKBY’s contribution will be to:

 

 


Protection and Rehabilitation of water and forest resources of the Prefecture of Rodopi

The project is implemented from The Region of East Macedonia - Thrace (REMTH) in collaboration with The Regional Development Fund of East Macedonia – Thrace, The Management Body of the Delta of Nestos – Vistonida - Ismarida, and The Goulandris Natural History Museum / Greek Biotope-Wetland Centre (EKBY). It is co-financed by 50% from the EEA Financial Mechanism for the period 2004 – 2009 and by 50% from the Public Investments Program (national funds).

The overall aim of the project is the conservation of water and forest resources of the Rodopi Prefecture. The project applies in the whole territory of the Prefecture (2550 km2), which is located in the North-Eastern part of Greece. Administratively the Prefecture belongs to the Region of East Macedonia - Thrace.

In particular, specific objectives of the project are:

  1. the creation of a modern information infrastructure for collecting, managing and transmitting meteorological, hydrological and forest data in the Rodopi prefecture,

  2. the design and implementation of measures for upgrading the natural functions and values of Ismarida lake,

  3. the improvement of the degraded forest ecosystems of the prefecture, and

  4. public awareness and widespread of the methods and results of the project at local, national and international level.

For more information on the project please visit this webpage: http://www.eox-rodopi.gr

 

 


Restoration of the forests on Mount Parnonas and conservation guidelines for Mount Taygetos in Lakonia

The project is implemented from The Periphery of Peloponnisos in collaboration with the Forest Service of Sparti, the General Directorate for the Development and Protection of Forests and Natural Environment of the Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Climate Change (YPEKA), the Local Union of Municipalities and Communities of the Prefecture of Lakonia (TEDK), and the Goulandris Natural History Museum, Greek Biotope-Wetland Centre (EKBY). It is co-financed by 50% from the EEA Financial Mechanism for the period 2004 – 2009 and by 50% from the Public Investments Program (national funds).


The project aims to promote the sustainable management of the mountain area of Lakonia by restoring the forests of Parnonas that were afflicted by the great fires of 2007, completing an ecological study and formulating biodiversity preservation guidelines for the mountain area of Lakonia.

The project’s specific objects involve:

For more information on the project please visit this webpage: http://www.parnonas-taygetos.gr

 

 

 
Creation of a competencies acquisition and accreditation system in the employment sector of environmental protection (EQUAL)

Equal is a EU initiative which tests and promotes new means of combating all forms of discrimination and inequalities in the labour market, both for those in work and for those seeking work.

The aim of the “Development Partnership for the Creation of a Competencies Acquisition and Accreditation System in the Employment Sector of Environmental Protection” (DP), is to develop a system of on going education for people who suffer from discrimination and inequalities in the labour market in the sector of Environmental Protection in Greece accompanied by a system for accrediting professional competencies.

EKBY has undertaken:

 

Capacity building on conservation of Albanian wetland ecosystems (ALWET)

The overall project objective is to built capacities, transfer know-how and establish the basis for the maintenance of national wetland archives as a primary prerequisite for wetland conservation in Albania.

Specifically, the project's objectives are:

The project beneficiary is ECAT. EKBY, as a project partner, provided expertise and transfer know-how.

For more information on the project, visit the official website.

 

EKBY, 2010