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Athens International Airport and EKBY promote Greek wetlands [27/01/2017]

World Wetlands Day 2017 attempts, through coordinated actions at global level, to highlight the contribution of wetlands to cope with risks and natural disasters. The theme for 2017 is "Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction".

On the occasion of this year's celebration, The Goulandris Natural History Museum/Greek Biotope-Wetland Centre in cooperation with Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos", presents Greek wetlands to travelers and highlights wetlands' importance for nature and humans.

The presentation for Greek wetlands will be hosted at selected screens of Athens International Airport from 1 to February 28, 2017.

 

 

     

 

The Digital Library of EKBY is in operational mode [26/01/2017]

The Digital Library of EKBY is in operational mode available from the link: http://ekby.openabekt.gr/

It is a web application that enables open online presentation of the Catalogue of EKBY’s Library and provides navigation capabilities, flexible search of metadata fields and advanced search filters.

Connection and direct access to the actual digital files (content of the Digital Repository of EKBY) will be also available soon, indicating their license of use and disposal in the form of open data, according to rights that have been given.

It is noted that the Digital Library of EKBY does not support interlibrary loan service.

The Digital Library was developed with the web platform for management and open disposal of library catalogues and functions, namely “openABEKT”. OpenABEKT has been made available to EKBY as a Software as a Service (SaaS) via the cloud infrastructure of the National Documentation Centre (EKT), in the frame of a memorandum of cooperation between EKBY and EKT. OpenABEKT ensures interoperability with national and international platforms for content accumulation and diffusion and it is searchable by indexes and open content search engines such as Google. It in an evolution of ABEKT, the integrated library system that was developed by EKT since 1987 and which the Library of EKBY was using until recently.

The disposal of openABEKT service to EKBY and the data migration from ABEKT system to the new, were done in the framework of Projects: a) "Development of Web Portal for the diffuse of information for Nature and Biodiversity of Greece", implemented by EKBY and b ) "Platform for
the provision of services for the Deposit, Management and Distribution of Open Data and Digital Content", implemented by the National Documentation Centre, which are included in the Operational program "Digital Convergence" (NSRF 2007-2013) and co-financed by Greece and the European Union - European Regional development.

 

  News -Announcements 2016

Best wishes for 2017! [21/12/2016]

 

Loss of Luc Hoffmann, a pioneer of the conservation of nature and especially of wetlands [18/08/2016]

With sadness we were informed that Luc Hoffmann, emblematic figure of the protection of nature, died on July 21, in Camargue, France, at the age of 93.

The achievements of Luc Hoffmann for nature are many: the establishment of Tour du Valat, Research Institute for the conservation of Mediterranean wetlands in France, the creation of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), which was one of the co-founders, the promotion of the objectives of the Ramsar Convention for wetlands, the creation of the MAVA Foundation, which is a major factor in environmental philanthropy, and many more. He has received many distinctions.

Luc Hoffmann was a partner of The Goulandris Natural History Museum, and in particular, promoter of the creation of the Greek Biotope Wetland and member of the Executive Committee during the first years of its operation.

Following the funeral, which was held in Switzerland on July 26th, a memorial celebration to honour Luc Hoffmann is scheduled for 19
th of August at theTour du Valat premises in Camargue.

Sharing the grief of his family and his close associates, the president and members of the Board of The Goulandris Natural History Museum, express their condolences.

 

The Board of The Goulandris Natural History Museum, for Luc Hoffmann:

With sadness we were informed of the loss of our dear friend and valuable colleague Luc Hoffmann.

Luc Hoffmann was an emblematic figure in the protection of nature. Particularly important was his contribution to the conservation of wetlands, a goal that we shared and worked for together.

The president and the members of the Board of The Goulandris Natural History Museum express their sincere condolences for the great loss.

 

 

 

International Day for Biological Diversity 2016 [20/05/2016]

22 May has been proclaimed as the International Day for Biological Diversity and is celebrated each year. The theme for 2016 is "Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods".

 

 

 

 

Best wishes for 2016 from all of us! | [07/01/2016]

 

  News -Announcements 2015

Prespa Juniper App  |  [19/11/2015]

The juniper forests in Prespa, especially those dominated by Juniperus excelsa, represent a unique forest habitat type for Europe, as they are the westernmost distribution point of a mainly Asiatic species, which has its center of distribution on the Iranian mountains and SE Turkey but can be found from Pakistan to Oman in the Arabian Peninsula. This unique charαcter is at risk due to the encroachment of more competitive broadleaved species such as oaks and hornbeams.

LIFE JunEx project will contribute to the rehabilitation of these forests and especially of stands dominated by Juniperus excelsa, with a series of measures such as cleaning, selective logging of broadleaved species and the controlled reintroduction of grazing of those forests.

«Prespa Juniper» application developed for the LIFE project calls and ease trekking through juniper forests of Prespa, while promoting this unique habitat type, the history of the forests that forms in Prespa and presents the efforts for protection, recovery and enhancement.

Download the app for Android from Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.prespajuniper.junex&hl=en

Download the app for IOS from App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/gr/app/prespa-juniper/id1017266843?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

 

Presentation of the new project ForestLIFE  |  [11/09/2015]

The Ministry of Reconstruction, of Production, Environment and Energy, in cooperation with the Goulandris Natural History Museum will present the new LIFE project ForestLIFE, for the NATURA 2000 forests of Greece,

this Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 12.00 at the Amphitheatre of GAIA Centre (Othonos 100, Kifisia).

The event will greet the Deputy Minister of of Reconstruction, of Production, Environment and Energy, Mr. Konstantinos Mousouroulis and on behalf of the President Ms Niki Goulandris and of the Museum's Board of directors Mr. Panagiotis Pikrammenos, honorary President of the State Council, former Prime Minister and member of the Museum's Board of directors.

ForestLIFE project has a duration of 4 years and is funded by the LIFE financial instrument of the European Commission. It includes a series of actions such as: web collaboration and information platform for forests, manuals and training seminars on selected topics (eg forest management, biodiversity, soil protection, climate change, visitor management in forest areas), an application (App) for smartphones and tablets, as well as an e-book for the Greek forests, but also rich informative material, as well as awareness-raising actions on forests.




The ForestLife project "Building cooperation, developing skills and sharing knowledge for Natura 2000 forests in Greece"

In Greece, an important part of the NATURA 2000 Network (about half of the surface area) is covered by forests and bushes and is therefore under the responsibility of forest services in the country (the Network NATURA 2000 national database).

Further, 31 forest habitat types of Community interest (JMD 110/1205322/202) are present in Greece and 10 Greek forest habitat types are present in all the NATURA 2000 Network. The main problems for Mediterranean forests (non-proper forest management, fragmentation, disturbance from recreation, climate change etc.) are attributed to lack of technical guides on forest management or non exchange of knowledge between Member States, the lack of substantial knowledge on ecosystem services of forests of the NATURA 2000 Network between the various users, the lack of appropriate information material for forests, etc (conclusions of the Natura 2000 Mediterranean
Biogeographical Seminar, Thessaloniki, May 2014).

In response to these needs, the project's general objective is to support the exchange of best practice and the development of skills of forest Natura 2000 site managers in Greece.

The project’ s specific objectives are:

- to facilitate the dissemination and exchange of knowledge and best practices and to strengthen cooperation between the competent bodies in forest areas NATURA 2000 network through the development and operation of an online "Collaboration Platform for Forests" (CPF)
- to strengthen the skills of the staff of forestry departments and other target groups, through an extensive training program to be held with the contribution of specialists on forest management, biodiversity, soil protection, climate change etc.
- information and user awareness of forests by developing modern tools such as an application (App) for smartphones and tablets, which will act as an information channel for visitors of forests, forest services, management bodies, municipalities, experts etc.
- dissemination of the project but also the emergence of forests as pilot areas where the recreation of visitors and conservation can be compatible through the implementation of an extensive publicity and communication package.

The target groups of the project's actions are all those working in forest habitats in the country, i.e. the Forest Service at regional and local in Natura 2000 sites and management bodies of Natura 2000 sites, the owners of state forests (municipalities, church, individuals), users of forests (eg forest cooperatives, visitors) as well as other stakeholders, such as scientific and research community, Non-Governmental organizations, etc.

The project is implemented by the Goulandris Natural History EKBY and the Directorate General for the Development and Protection of Forests and the Rural Environment of the The Ministry of Reconstruction, of Production, Environment and Energy. Its duration is four years (16/07/2015 to 15/07/2019) and is co-financed by the LIFE financial instrument of the European Commission.
 

Workshop for the Plastic pollution in the Marine Environment  |  [04/06/2015]

The Goulandris Natural History Museum, in the frame of the program "The Message of the Sea" organises a workshop entitled "Plastic pollution in the Marine Environment: Present and Future", under the auspices of the HE President of the Republic M. Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

The workshop will include speeches by world renowned Greek and foreign scientists in the fields of marine research and environmental pollution, presenting studies and responses to this global problem.

It is organised in cooperation with the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) and the PERSEUS (Policy-oriented marine Environmental Research for the Southern European Seas) Research Project (FP7) of the University of Patras.

The workshop will be held at GAIA Centre of the Goulandris Natural History, on Saturday June 6, 2015 (9:30-14:00). Participation is free and attendants will receive certificate of participation. More Information on the phone number (0030) 210 8015 870 – 555.

Workshop Agenda

Photo from: trekearth.com

  News - Announcements 2014

Best wishes for 2015! [22/12/2014]

EKBY is on Twitter! Follow EKBY's news on its newly created Twitter account https://twitter.com/ekby_greece. You may use the hashtag #ekby_greece, in case you want to mention us. [22/12/2014]

Greek forests are the main topic of issue 145 of "Fysi" magazine

Important forests, forest types and management practices are the main topic of issue 145 of "Fysi" magazine published by the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature. Rhodope and Oiti forests are in focus as well as the Greek Fir forests, the Juniper forests of Prespa and the Black pine forests. For the Juniper  forests of Prespa and the Black pine forests significant was the contribution of LIFE projects JunEx and PINUS, where EKBY is beneficiary and coordinating beneficiary respectively.

Issue 145 of "Fysi" can be found at http://eepf.gr/el/product/tefxos-145-aprilios-iounios-2014 (in Greek). [16/09/2014]

World Environment Day, June 5, 2014. World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. In support of the UN designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), WED this year will adopt SIDS in the broader context of climate change as its theme. [03/06/2014]

EKBY participates at the Natura 2000 Award Ceremony, on May 21, 2014 at Brussels.

Young Black pine treeIn 2013, the European Commission launched a new Award designed to celebrate and promote best practices for nature conservation in Europe. The Award recognises excellence in the management of Natura 2000 sites and conservation achievements, showcasing the added value of the network for local economies, and increasing public awareness about Europe's valuable natural heritage. In total, 163 high level applications have been received by the EC until February 2014 and the competition was high.

EKBY participated with the application “The comeback of burnt black pine forests on Mount Parnon, South Peloponnese, Greece”. The application regards the restoration measures which have been designed and implemented with the cooperation of the Forest Service of Sparti - Decentralized Administration of Peloponnese – Western Greece & the Ionian, the Management Body of Mount Parnon and Moustos Wetland, the Region of Peloponnese and funded by the Directorate General Environment of the European Commission, the Directorate for the Development and Protection of Forests and the Natural Environment of the Ministry of Environment and the EEA/EFTA.

The proposal has been short-listed as one of the 22 finalists, to be honored at the Awards ceremony, which will be held on May 21, 2014, in Brussels. The Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik, the Director General for Environment Karl Falkenberg, the Members of the Jury, and other high-level representatives will attend the Ceremony. The highlight of the ceremony will be the announcement of the five winners, one for each of the categories: “Conservation”, “Socio-economic benefits”, “Communication”, “Reconciling interests/perceptions” and “Networking and cross-border cooperation”. See more for the two restoration projects at www.parnonaslife.gr and http://www.parnonas-taygetos.gr and for the award at http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/natura2000/awards/index_en.htm. [14/05/2014]

UNEP-WCMC's A-Z of biodiversity terms. UNEP-WCMC has recently produced ‘the A-Z of biodiversity terms’ with support from the Proteus Partnership, IPIECA, OGP and ICCM. This is an online resource to support greater consistency in the use of terms and definitions related to biodiversity. It aims at providing clarity for practitioners implementing biodiversity management, particularly those doing so in the context of global conventions, standards, regulations, policies and legislation. The Glossary is accessible from the webpage http://terms.biodiversitya-z.org/ and it is also available in pdf format. [10/02/2014]

New LIFE project for the restoration and conservation of the priority habitat type Grecian Juniper Woods in Prespa National Park, Greece. Prespa National Park is world famous for the Dalmatian pelican colonies and the rich fauna of its aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. But Prespa has also a great variety of terrestrial and aquatic habitat types. Of paramount importance among these habitat types are the “Greek juniper forests with Juniperus excelsa” included in the broader priority habitat type “Endemic Mediterranean forests with juniper" with code 9560. The conservation and the restoration of this rare habitat type are the main objectives of the LIFE Nature project “JunEx” (LIFE12 NAT/GR/000539 "Restoration and Conservation of the Priority Habitat Type * 9562 Grecian Juniper Woods in Prespa National Park, Greece). The project started at July 2013 and has recently launched its website: www.junex.gr. [09/01/2014]

EKBY's wishes for the new year 2014! [09/01/2014]

  News - Announcements 2013

3rd Steering Committee Meeting of the Life AdaptFor Project. The 3rd Steering Committee Meeting of the project Life AdaptFor "Adaptation of forest management to climate change in Greece" was held on 18 October 2013, at the premises of the Special Secretariat for Forests (Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change), Athens. The aim of the meeting was the revision of the project progress and results to date and the organization of the implementation of actions that are currently underway or are going to be implemented in the near future. Particular emphasis was given to the participation of the temporary personnel (newly hired and existing) of the Forest Services in the process of reviewing the Forest Management Plans of the four study areas. [04/11/2013]

Scientific Publication on first results of the Life AdaptFor Project. A paper on the Life AdaptFor "Adaptation of forest management to climate change in Greece" Project first results was published on the Scientific Journal “Biodiversity and Conservation” (Springer eds.), on May 2013. The full citation is: Chrysopolitou, V., Apostolakis, A., Avtzis, D., Avtzis N., Diamandis, S., Kemitzoglou, D., Papadimos, D., Perlerou, C., Tsiaoussi, V. and S. Dafis. (2013). Studies on forest health and vegetation changes in Greece under the effects of climate changes. Biodiversity and Conservation 22(5): 1133-1150. [04/11/2013]

The Hellenic Organisation for the Common Cause, in collaboration with the Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems and Forest Products Technology and the Scholl of Forestry and Natural Environment, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, organise a workshop on "Restoration of Forest Ecosystems and Landscapes after Natural Disasters or other Human Induced Disturbances - Demonstration of Best Practices". The workshop will be held on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 8:30 a.m., at the Divani Caravel Hotel, Vas. Alexandrou 2 in Athens. Invitation | Agenda [13/09/2013]

The series of "Our Natural Europe" stories illustrates in everyday language what biodiversity is and how we’re connected to it. These stories will highlight from a personal perspective the varied ecosystems and biodiversity of Europe and the threats and pressures they face, including habitat fragmentation and destruction, invasive alien species, pollution, over-harvesting and climate change. For more information please visit the following link: http://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/atlas/our-natural-europe. [13/09/2013]

Healthy Seas initiative for cleaning seas. The ECNC Land and Sea Group together with Aquafil and Star Sock companies, have established the "Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear" initiative. The main objective of the initiative is to remove waste, in particular fishing nets and other marine litter from the seas and oceans for the purpose of creating healthier seas and recycling marine litter. The Healthy Seas initiative will be launched in three main phases and the detailed description of the relevant action plan will be made public before the end of April 2013. A "Healthy Seas Fund" will be established, with a focus on awareness-raising about the importance of healthy seas, the removal of abandoned fishing nets from oceans and seas, and the financing of local coastal and marine projects that support the objectives of the Healthy Seas Initiative. Press release. [27/03/2013]

Documentary film "The travelling seed". A documentary film entitled "The travelling seed" was created as part of the project LIFE+ PINUS LIFE07 NAT/GR/000286 entitled “Restoration of Pinus nigra forests on Mount Parnonas (GR2520006) through a structured approach”. The film is about black pine forests and their values and aims to present the structured approach that was applied after the fire for the first time in Greece in mount Panron and to illustrate how we can get from the collection of seedlings to the plantation of young plants, in other words “the travelling seed”. You can upload and save the documentary film by clicking here: http://www.parnonaslife.gr/en/the-travelling-seed More... [12/03/2013]

Wetlands monitoring with the use of ESA's GlobWetland II Information System. On the occasion of the World Wetlands Day 2013, ESA has released last week an article on its website about GlobWetland-II project. Launched in 2010, ESA’s GlobWetland II project contributes to the establishment of a Global Wetlands Observing System (G-WOS) in accordance with Ramsar’s 2009–15 strategic plan. The project is implemented in partnership with Ramsar, the MedWet initiative, the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory and the 10 countries along the southern Mediterranean Basin. The user-friendly toolbox is currently being used to produce about 1800 thematic maps for a sample of 200 Mediterranean wetlands, from Morocco to Syria and has been installed at offices of their services. EKBY belongs to the partnership that developed the GlobWetland-II Information System and promotes its use at national and Mediterranean level. The full article can be read here. [13/02/2013]

Study on the evaluation of the Greek Gene Bank. A new study assesses economic benefits associated to plant genetic resources conserved by the Greek Gene Bank. Plant genetic resources open up new potential in breeding improved crops varieties that can better face future risks of agriculture such as climate chang. Insurance values that may be provided by the genetic collectionsof the Greek Genebank were evaluated from 55 mil Euros to 995 mil Euros depending on a range of scenarios of future risks for agriculture developed by the study. Undertaken by Athens University of Economics and Business in collaboration with the Greek Genebank and the Greek Biotope Wetlands Center the research was funded by the John S Latsis Public Benefit Foundation. You can download the study, view the video of the project and find out more about the research on the website of the project: www.eggenaueb.net. The study in pdf. [08/02/2013]

Best wishes for 2013 from EKBY! [03/01/2013]

  News - Announcements 2012

The Greek Biotope Wetland Centre monitors the lakes of Greece. The lakes monitoring network, according to the Water Framework Directive, has been operating since spring 2012. It is part of the national monitoring network of the country's waters and EKBY has undertaken the ecological classification of lakes. To achieve this, EKBY is carrying out samplings, analyses and on -site measurements in 50 lakes of the country. These data are submitted to the Ministry of Environment - Special Secretariat for Waters, that is the competent authority. For more information visit the web page of the Ministry of Environment at: http://www.ypeka.gr/Default.aspx?tabid=249&locale=en-US&language=el-GR  [01/06/2012]

The Decentralized Administration of Macedonia - Thrace and the Goulandris Natural History Museum / Greek Biotope - Wetland Centre, organize the 1st informative meeting of the Project "Protection and rehabilitation of water and forest resources of the Prefecture of Rodopi", to be held at the hall of the Region of Eastern Macedonia-Thrace (1st floor, Regional Unit of Rodopi, former building of the Prefecture) in Komotini, on March 16, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. During this meeting, the Project's aims and activities, as well as part of its' results, are going to be presented. [15/03/2012]

Workshop on the MedWet Inventory Tools. The MedWet Secretariat organized a workshop at the Greek Biotope Center (EKBY), in Thessaloniki on the 8th of December, with the aim to consolidate the important and long standing work done on a Mediterranean Wetland Inventory System. The methodology and tools of the MedWet Inventory System are available from the internet: http://www.medwet.org/medwet-inventory/. For more information on the workshop please click here. [02/02/2012]

Presentation of LIFE PINUS as a case study for post-fire management of Southern Europe forests. The project LIFE+ NATURE LIFE07 NAT/GR/000286 entitled “Restoration of Pinus nigra forests on Mount Parnonas (GR2520006) through a structured approach” (LIFE PINUS) has been included as a case study of post-fire management of Black pine forests in the book "Post-fire management and restoration of Southern European Forests", one of the major outcomes of the COST Action FP0701 “Post-Fire Forest Management in Southern Europe” that was published in November 2011. The project has also been included in the European database of post-fire forest management projects which has been developed in the framework of the same research action. For more information on LIFE PINUS, please visit the Project's website: http://www.parnonaslife.gr [02/02/2012]

International Symposium "Water and Wetlands in the Mediterranean. From Grado to Agadir: The next 20 years". The Ramsar Convention, the MedWet Initiative and the High Commissariat for Water, Forests and Desertification Control of Morocco announce the organisation of the International Symposium on Water and Wetlands in the Mediterranean, to be held in the city of Agadir in Morocco from 6-8 February 2012. In addition, BirdLife International, IUCN, the Tour du Valat, Wetlands International and WWF International are key partners in the organisation of the Symposium. Main sponsors of the Symposium are the MAVA Foundation, the Ministry of Environment of Italy and MedWet. Twenty years after the first Symposium in Grado of North Italy (February 1991), which gave rise to the MedWet Initiative and renewed the scientific community’s perspectives on Mediterranean wetlands, this new International Symposium aims to review the current situation of water and wetlands in the Mediterranean, identify new challenges and plan for the next 20 years. Focus will be given on the changes occurring in the Mediterranean and their potential impact on wetlands, on identification of ways in which wetland resources can be used sustainably, with a strong emphasis on water resources, and on the provision of ways for closer cooperation between experts and decision-makers in the Mediterranean involved in the water sector, wetlands, biodiversity and other related fields.

The symposium in Agadir offers the opportunity to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention, and the 20 years anniversary from the organization of the MedWet Initiative. The meeting will bring together experts, scientists and stakeholders in policy and decision making, protection, conservation, management and use of water and wetland resources in the Mediterranean. It includes plenary sessions and workshops on topics relating to sustainable management of water resources, adaptation to climate change and sustainable use of wetlands and their services, with particular emphasis on biodiversity and cultural heritage. Ii will also include a field visit to the Souss-Massa Ramsar site, a workshop of new experts on Mediterranean wetlands, a photo competition, exhibitions of local products and cultural visits in the region of Agadir.

EKBY, as one of the MedWet Wetland Centres and as key partner pf the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory, will be present in the Symposium. Being a GlobWetland-II partner, actively participates in the side events that are organised for the promotion of the project results. EKBY also participates in the Poster Session with a poster entitled "Assessing the impact of climate change on the hydrological balance of two wetlands in Northern Greece" (Doulgeris, Papadimos, Kapsomenakis). More info on the Symposium: http://agadir2012.medwet.org. [31/01/2012]

February 2: World Wetlands Day 2012. "Wetlands and tourism" is the theme for World Wetlands Day for 2012 and the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention gives the opportunity for actions to raise awareness of wetland values, this time focusing on the recreational value and promoting an important service of wetlands, tourism. The theme of the celebration for 2012 is linked to the theme of the next Conference of Parties of the Ramsar Convention, COP11 "Wetlands, Tourism and Recreation," which will take place in July 2012 in Bucharest, Romania. For the purpose of raising awareness and promoting the recreational value and of the benefits arising from the development of sustainable tourism in wetland areas, both for humans and for nature, a variety of information and awareness material has been produced, in cooperation with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The material also includes a very interesting brochure on wetlands and sustainable tourism and a truly inspired comic. More information can be found on the official website of the Ramsar Convention: http://www.ramsar.org/WWD [30/01/2012]

  News - Announcements 2011

Best wishes for 2012 from all of us! EKBY Season's Greetings [14/12/2011]

National Monitoring Network of the water quality and quantity. The Joint Ministerial Decision on "the designation of the National Monitoring Network of the water quality and quantity, with specifications on the sampling stations and the responsible bodies, according to article 4, paragraph 4 of Law 3199/2003 (A 280)" was issued on the 9th of September 2011. The Special Secretariat for Water of the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (YPEKA) is responsible for: a) the submission of annual report and annual budget needed for the operation of the National Monitoring Network to YPEKA, b) the monitoring of surface and ground water status at national level and in collaboration with the Regional Water Directorates of Decentralised Administration and c) the development and operation of the National Monitoring Network of the surface and ground water quality and quantity. In this context, the Special Secretariat for Water coordinates and administers the following bodies:

According to the Joint Ministerial Decision, EKBY is designated as the responsible body for sampling, analysis and in situ measurements, as well as, for data submission regarding the ecological status classification of lakes in Greece. The National Monitoring Network of water quality and quantity is expected to be fully operative during 2011. More information. [06/10/2011]

SIGNALS 2011 - Globalisation, environment and you. The European Environment Agency (EEA) publishes SIGNALS each year, providing snapshot stories on issues of interest to the environmental policy debate and the wider public in the coming year. [17/08/2011]

EKBY at the “Wetlands for the future” conference. Following an invitation by the Carpathian Wetlands Initiative, EKBY represented MedWet in the “Wetlands for the future” conference which took place in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia from the 19th to the 21st May 2011, at the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention, the 10th anniversary of the State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic (SNC SR) and the International Year of Forests. EKBY presented the new MedWet inventory, assessment and monitoring system (for MedWet manuals visit: http://www.medwet.org/codde/index.html) and stressed the importance of using a harmonized system between the two initiatives. Also, pointed out the advantages of new technologies by presenting the GlobWetland II project, which is funded by the European Space Agency (ESA), and regards the use of satellite images for mapping the status and changes of almost 200 coastal wetlands at 11 Mediterranean countries of North Africa and Middle East. The conference was successful and further collaboration between the two wetlands initiatives was agreed on the level of wetland inventories, knowledge transfer and joint projects. Full article. [15/07/2011]

World Wetlands Day, 2 February 2011. ''Wetlands and Forests'' is the theme for World Wetlands Day 2011, especially chosen because 2011 is the UN International Year of Forests. [01/02/2011]

The Opening Meeting of the project LIFE+ AdaptFor “Adaptation of forest management to climate change in Greece” was successfully held on 13 December 2010 in Athens. [04/01/2011]

The Black Pine forest of Parnonas is being restored. Life+ Project "Restoration of Pinus nigra forests on mount Parnonas through a structured approach" contributes to the restoration of burned areas in mount Parnonas and regenerates the natural environment of the region. The first of the 460,000 Black pine seedlings were planted in the burnt areas of Parnonas on December 17, 2010. More [04/01/2011]

Season's Greetings for 2011 [03/01/2011]

  News - Announcements 2010

In the framework of the project LIFE+ AdaptFor "Adaptation of forest management to climate change in Greece", the Kick-off Meeting of the project will be held on Monday 13 December 2010, at the Hotel Amalia, Athens. The aim of the meeting is the communication of the project’s objectives, first outputs and results to relevant stakeholders and the promotion of the adaptation of forest management to climate change, in Greek forests. [10/12/2010]

The Greek Biotope Wetland Centre (EKBY) participates in the implementation of the GlobWetland II Project. GlobWetland II is a new innovative project of the European Space Agency (ESA) for the support of Ramsar Convention in the context of the Mediterranean Wetlands monitoring. In GW-II the establishment of EO-based services are to support the inventory, mapping, monitoring and assessment of wetlands ecosystems and will be evaluated especially to build the foundation in the Ramsar community for a wide scale deployment of a Global Wetland Observing System (G-WOS). In particular, GW-II will demonstrate the capability of the system for 200 wetland sites and surrounding areas of the Southern and Eastern part of the Mediterranean basin, extending from Morocco to Turkey. For more information visit the Project's website at: http://www.globwetland.org [04/10/2010]

Website of the LIFE+ AdaptFor Project "Adaptation of forest management to climate change in Greece" has been uploaded. 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). [15/07/2010]

22 March 2010: World Water Day. [22/03/2010]

First year for the project Life07 NAT/GR/000286 "Restoration of Pinus nigra forests on Mount Parnonas (GR2520006) through a structured approach" was successful. See the achievements and the deliverables of the project in http://www.parnonaslife.gr/en/actions. [12/03/2010]

February 2, 2010. World Wetlands Day. [02/02/2010]

EEA NATURA 2000 Map Viewer. The new EEA NATURA 2000 Map Viewer is built on state of the art GIS technology and is accessible thought the URL: http://natura2000.eea.europa.eu. The Map Viewer provides the opportunity to navigate the European NATURA 2000 network of sites over different background layers (Street Map, CORINE LandCover,etc), to search for locations of interest, NATURA 2000 sites, species and habitats of interest, to view useful information, photographs and the Standard Data Form of a Natura site, etc. More [21/01/2010]

  News - Announcements 2009

Season's greetings from EKBY. [21/12/2009]

Results from the informal meeting for the "Agreement for the protection and development of Prespa". On Friday 27/11/2009, the Prime Ministers of Greece, Albania and FYROM, namely G. Papandreou, S. Berisha and N. Gruevski, had an informal closed meeting in Prespa regarding the protection and development of the Transboundary Prespa Park. In a Joint Statement they announced that the development of integrated transboundary river basin management plans will be promoted, and that an agreement between the three countries and the EU will be signed on the 2nd of February 2010, which is the 10th anniversary of the creation of the park and the World Wetlands day. The Joint Statement was sent to the General Secretary of the UN, the EU and the Prime Minister of Denmark, host of the COP-15 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that takes place in Copenhagen in December 2009. (SOURCE: Society for the Protection of Prespa). The Joint Statement of the three Prime Ministers. [14/12/2009]

BioScore: A new tool to assess the impacts of European Community policies on Europe's biodiversity. In the framework of BioScore project, at the end of three years’ work of nine institutions, including the Greek Biotope Wetland Centre (EKBY), a unique methodology for assessing the impacts of selected policy-related pressures on biodiversity in Europe was created. BioScore identified the main environmental pressures related to the Community policies. The BioScore database contains information on habitat suitability and sensitivity to environmental pressures for more than 1,000 species. The BioScore tool, as well as the final project report, published under the supervision and coordination of the European Centre for Nature Conservation (ECNC) is available at: http://www.bioscore.eu.[23/09/2009]

Conservation status of EU’s protected habitats and species. In 2007, Member States delivered the first comprehensive report on the conservation status of the habitats and species of Community interest (reporting period 2001-2006), in the framework of Article 17 of the Habitats Directive. Hereupon, the European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity (ETC/BD), based on the Member States’ reports, compiled and assessed the conservation status of each habitat type and species included in the Annexes of the Directive, on a biogeographical zone level. The results indicate that overall, across the different biogeographical zones and marine regions of Europe, only 17% of habitats and species assessments show a favourable condition, while 18% of habitats and 31% of species assessments are classified as “unknown” due to a lack of information. The gaps in knowledge are notably marked in Southern Europe and the habitat types and species of the marine environment. In Greece, 24% of the habitat types and species occur in a favourable conservation status, while 62,5% of the species assessments resulted as “unknown”. From the above mentioned results rises the challenge of achieving the target of halting biodiversity loss, as well as the need to prioritise habitats and species that require action. [22/9/2009]

Exhibition "Darwin NOW". On the occasion of the 200 years since the birth of Charles Darwin and 150 years since the first publication of his book "The Origin of Species", the Goulandris Natural History Museum presents the exhibition titled "Darwin NOW". The exhibition is held in collaboration with the British Council on the occasion of its 75th anniversary. It is open, to the public over 12 years of age, during the Museum’s opening hours all working days and weekends until November 29th 2009 at no additional cost beyond the usual entrance fee. School groups can attend a relevant training program, after consultation with the Museum’s educational department (tel. 0030 210 8015870 ext. 527). For more information: http://www.goulandris-nhm.gr/NewsDetail2.aspx?selArticle=159 [16/09/2009]

On 27-28 April 2009, in Athens, Greece, the European Commission hosted an international high-level conference on biodiversity. Its aim was to identify the key policy priorities to start the debate on future (post-2010) biodiversity policy. Taking part were leading scientists, politicians, economists and academics, as well as representatives from European Union Member States, civil society and business. Together, they provided the Message from Athens: an eight-point plan for future action to confront the ongoing global biodiversity crisis. The Message from Athens.
More information on the Conference is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/biodiversity/conference/index_en.htm [03/09/2009]

2010 will be a major milestone for biodiversity policy both in the EU and globally. It will be the year of the full evaluation of the delivery to the EU Biodiversity Action Plan and as well the UN International Year for Biodiversity. Thus it is time to take a stock on where we are and to start framing the post-2010 biodiversity vision and preparing the strategy for the period being ahead of us. The European Commission organizes a major conference on 'Biodiversity Protection – Beyond 2010' on 27-28 April 2009 in Athens, Greece convening all the main actors engaged in the development and implementation of EU biodiversity policy together with international institutions and globally recognized experts. For more information, follow the link to the event at the Greek Biodiversity CHM, or visit the website of the EC DG Environment: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/biodiversity/policy/index_en.htm [14/04/2009]

On 4/2/2009 the Ministry of Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works posted on its website (http://www.minenv.gr) the draft National Strategy for Biodiversity for consultation by the ministries, stakeholders and all interested citizens. Comments and observations on the draft Strategy can be submitted until 31 May 2009 (total time of 3 months consultation) to the Division of Environmental Planning - Department of Management of Natural Environment, 36 Trikalon str., GR 11526 Athens, and Mrs. Tryfon by post, FAX: 210-6918487 (Ms Tryfon account) and e-mail: e.trifon@dpers.minenv.gr. [14/04/2009]

The MedWet Web Information System (MedWet/WIS) is now online offering access to the newly updated MedWet tools for inventory, assessment and monitoring of wetlands. The MedWet/WIS has been designed to support the effort of Mediterranean countries towards the creation of a common knowledge base for Mediterranean wetlands. The system offers stakeholders from a variety of bodies including policy makers, wetland managers and researchers access to information o­n the location, ecological characteristics and socio-economic importance of wetland ecosystems. By offering differentiated degree of access rights to different user groups the system ensures regulated use of data o­n wetlands while the system ensures safe exchange of information through the MedWet Inventory Data Sharing Protocol. The MedWet Web Information System has been developed in the framework of the MedWet CODDE project co-funded by the INTERREG III C Sud Programme. To use the MedWet WIS simply visit this address: http://www.wetlandwis.net [07/01/2009]

  News - Announcements 2008

Season's greetings from EKBY. [22/12/2008]

The Goulandris Natural History Museum-Greek Biotope/Wetland Centre (EKBY) is organizing, at its premises, an educational seminar on Monday the 20th and Tuesday the 21st of October, titled “Transboundry cooperation for Environmental Education” in the framework of the project Transboundary cooperation and exchange of know-how for the use of learning technology in environmental education, of the Community Initiative Operational Programme INTERREG IIIA/CARDS GREECE-FYROM. Programme. [17/10/2008]

EuroBirdWatch 2008. EuroBirdWatch takes place annually in 24 European countries and is coordinated by Birdlife International. The Greek events are organized by the Hellenic Ornithological Society in cooperation with municipalities and local bodies and organizations, and they will be held in the regions of Attiki, Macedonia, Pylos of Messinia and the Evros Delta during the weekend of 4-5 October 2008. Participation is free. More. [25/9/2008]

In the framework of the 2nd Report on Implementation Measures taken under the Habitats Directive (Directive 92/43/EEC) in the member states of the European Union, the public consultation on the summary of the national reports at biogeographical level for species and habitat types, will take place from 28 July until 15 September 2008. Those interested can visit the following link: http://biodiversity.eionet.europa.eu/article17. [30/07/2008]

Call for experts in the framework of the project: Transboundary cooperation and knowledge transfer for the use of education technology in environmental education, of the Operational Programme INTERREG IIIA/CARDS GREECE-FYROM. [10/07/2008]

Call for proposals in the framework of the INTERREG project: "Transboundary cooperation and knowledge transfer for the use of education technology in environmental education" [29/05/2008]

2nd national report on the implementation of the Habitats Directive (Directive 92/43/EEC) in Greece (reporting period: 2001-2006). In the framework of the implementation of the Habitats Directive (Directive 92/43/EEC), the submission of the 2nd national report (reporting period: 2001 – 2006) to the European Commission, through the IT Tool, has been completed. The 2nd national report consists of the two parts: the first one (General Report) includes general information on the conservation measures taken under the Habitats Directive on National Level (legal framework, state of designation of Natura 2000, management issues, conservation and mitigation measures, financing, species protection, etc.). The second part focuses on the conservation status of the habitat types (Annex I) and species (Annexes II, IV and V) of the Habitats Directive, present in our country. It includes Habitat Types and Species Factsheets, accompanied by range and distribution maps. The national reports of all member states will be used by the European Commission (with the contribution of the European Environment Agency and of the European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity) for the preparation of a single composite report at biogeographical level. Those interested can access the data of the 2nd national report from the following link: http://cdr.eionet.europa.eu/gr/eu/art17. [18/04/2008]

A new brochure titled «Strymonas/Struma River basin. Hellenic-Bulgarian cooperation for the protection and management of natural resources: application in Strymonas/Struma river basin» has been published recently by EKBY, in the framework of the project "Hellenic – Bulgarian cooperation for the protection and management of Natural Resources", financed by the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Hellenic International Development Cooperation Department (Hellenic Aid). The brochure in jpeg format. [25/01/2008]

Eurobarometer survey on: Attitudes of Europeans towards the issue of biodiversity. Summary  Analytical report [21/01/2008]

  News - Announcements 2007

A training course entitled "MedWet Tools for Wetland Inventory, Monitoring and Assessment", on tools for wetland inventorying, monitoring and assessment is planned to take place on 12-15 December 2007 in Thessaloniki, Greece. Organised by the Greek Biotope/Wetland Centre (EKBY) the training is addressed to professionals on wetland conservation in the public sector and organisations active in this field. The course is organised in the framework of the INTEREG IIIC project: "MedWet information and knowledge network for the sustainable development of wetland ecosystems (MedWet/CODDE)". For more details on the content and programme of the course you can view the leaflet available here. [05/12/2007]

The public consultation on the Draft 2nd National Report on Implementation Measures taken under the Habitats Directive (Directive 92/43/EEC) in Greece, is extended until Monday 29 October 2007. Researchers are encouraged to submit their comments on the specific webpage of the Greek Biodiversity Clearing House Mechanism. [24/10/2007]

A meeting and a training seminar will be held, on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th of October 2007, in the framework of the project: “Development of interpretation infrastructures in Lake Doirani and increase capacity building of local communities” More   Press release  [23/10/2007]
Meeting:  Invitation  Programme  Poster
Seminar:  Invitation  Programme  Poster

News for the Carpathian Project Site. The training actions (Training of Trainers and Study Tour) on sustainable tourism, which took place at Rhodope’s Region, from 16th to 23rd of September 2007, in the framework of the project titled “Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians in a Transnational Framework”, which is implemented by the Prefectural Authority of Drama-Kavala-Xanthi and the Greek Biotope/Wetland Centre and is co-funded by the EU Community (INTERREG III B/CADSES), were concluded successfully.
Representatives from both countries, Ukraine and Greece, had the chance to exchange views on matters of planning and development of sustainable tourism and the trainees visited selected case studies of good practice of sustainable development, implemented in Rhodope mountain (e.g. guest houses, alternative tourism activities, trails, natural history museums etc). Information material for the training seminar  Information material for the study tour [16/10/2007]

In the framework of the 2nd National Report on Implementation Measures taken under the Habitats Directive (Directive 92/43/EEC) in Greece, the public consultation on the Draft Report will take place from 28 September until 22 October 2007. Researchers are encouraged to submit their comments on the specific webpage of the Greek Biodiversity Clearing House Mechanism. [25/09/2007]

Announcement of workshop on "National & Local Wetland Inventories in the Service of Mediterranean Wetland Assessment and Monitoring: The Serbian Case". The workshop is organised by the Faculty of Biology of the University of Belgrade and the Greek Biotope Wetland Centre (EKBY), and will take place at the premises of the Faculty of Biology in Belgrade on 28 September 2007. It is targeted to the national and local authorities, to the scientific community and to other stakeholders interested to wetland conservation and management. The workshop aims to promote the wetland inventory actions in Serbia and to link them with the MedWet Initiative’s efforts to building up an overall picture of the status and trends of the wetlands in the Mediterranean region. Serbian decision makers and stakeholders will be encouraged to force and support inventory, assessment and monitoring actions in the country, and share the inventory data they hold through the MedWet Web Information System. Results of the capacity building in the MedWet inventory method and tools, that was carried out by EKBY for Serbian scientists, will be presented and follow up activities will be proposed in view of contributing inventory actions in the country and the Pan Mediterranean wetland inventory overall. It is implemented in the frame of the International Development Cooperation Programme "Training in wetland inventory using modern technology" that is financed by the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Hellenic International Development Cooperation Department (Hellenic Aid). Workshop agenda [20/09/2007]

Announcement for advanced training course in "Wetland Inventory using Modern Technology". The training course is organized by EKBY and the Faculty of Biology of the University of Belgrade, and will take place at the premises of the Faculty of Biology in Belgrade, during 25 and 27 September 2007. It is a continuation of the former 'beginners' course and is addressed to Serbian scientists. The course is implemented in the frame of the International Development Cooperation Programme "Training in wetland inventory using modern technology" that is financed by the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Hellenic International Development Cooperation Department (Hellenic Aid). Detail course schedule [20/09/2007]

The Prefectural Authority of Drama-Kavala and Xanthi (PP7) in cooperation with the Greek Biotope/Wetland Centre (EKBY), are organizing in Rhodope mountain, from the 16 till the 23 of September 2007, a training seminar and a study tour for sustainable tourism development. The seminar and the study tour will be attended by selected representatives of the university community, and public and private organizations related to tourism in Ukraine. The training actions are organized in the context of the project titled “Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians in a Transnational Framework”, which is co-funded by the EU Community (INTERREG III B/CADSES). Press release  Training seminar poster  Study tour poster   Training seminar programme   Study tour programme [14/09/2007]

Announcement for beginners training course in "Wetland Inventory using Modern Technology". The training course is organized by EKBY and the Faculty of Biology of the University of Belgrade, and will take place at the EKBY premises in Thessaloniki, during 18 and 21 September 2007. It is addressed to Serbian scientists that have basic knowledge of wetland inventory using remote sensing and GIS. The course is implemented in the frame of the International Development Cooperation Programme "Training in wetland inventory using modern technology" that is financed by the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Hellenic International Development Cooperation Department (Hellenic Aid). Detail course schedule  More information about the programme [14/09/2007]

The Patras Municipality Enterprise For Local Development (ADEP) and the Greek Biotope-Wetland Centre (EKBY) organise the International Conference on "Funding Opportunities for Nature Conservation & Management", in the framework of the "Reseau des Parcs" Interreg IIIC Project. The conference will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece on Friday 6th of July 2007 at Nikopolis Hotel, Asklipiou 16-18 Pylaia. Conference Agenda. Contact: K. Konstantakopoulos, Tel. 0030 2610 361766, Fax: 0030 2610 361782, E-mail: konstada@patras.gr [02/07/2007]

Job vacancy announcement from the Society for the Protecion of Prespa. Detailed announcement [13/03/2007]

New website for Lake Doiran is currently on-line at EKBY's webpage! The website is developed by EKBY in the frame of a transboundary cooperation between Greece and FYROM and is available in 3 languages (greek, cyrillic and english). It contains general information and photographic archive of the lake, as well as information on former and current conservation projects. [17/1/2007]

  News - Announcements 2006

The electronic newsletter of the European Commission Lifenews and the new LIFE Focus publication, LIFE and European Forests, under the title “A viable future for Vai palm forest” feature the significance of the project “Conservation measures for the palm forest of Vai, Greece”, which was implemented by the Greek Biotope/Wetland Centre (1999-2002), in cooperation with the local Toplou Monastery and the Forestry Directorate of Lasithi. More [9/11/2006]

In the frame of the project “Hellenic – Bulgarian cooperation for the protection and management of Natural Resources – Application in Strymon River Basin” that is funded by the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EKBY organizes a training course in the following subject matters: a) Hydraulic-hydrologic simulation systems, and b) Geographical Information Systems and satellite image analysis. The training aims to transfer EKBY’s knowledge to Bulgarian experts that are responsible for the management of water and soil resources in Bulgaria, and in particular experts working for the Water Department of the Ministry of Environment and Water and for the Institute of Soil Science “N. Poushkarov”. The training will last from 30 October till 3 November of 2006 and will take place at the EKBY premises in Thessaloniki. Course agenda [2/11/2006]

On the context of the LIFE-STRYMON project, EKBY organises the interim meeting. The meeting will take place on 6 July 2006 10:00 am at the INFORMATION CENTRE OF KERKINI WETLAND in Municipality of Kerkini, Perfection of Serres, Greece. The meeting is open to the public. Official language of the meeting is Greek.[30/06/2006]

On Sunday 2 April 2006 the workshop on "Enrichment of the MedWet Inventory Method: Exploring applications of Remote Sensing techniques and of Spatial Data Infrastructures" was completed successfully at EKBY. List of participants. The workshop material (abstracts and power point presentations) is available here. [18/05/2006]

Announcement of workshop on “Enrichment of the MedWet Inventory Method: Exploring applications of Remote Sensing techniques and of Spatial Data Infrastructures”. The workshop is organized by EKBY in the frame of the INTERREG IIIC (2005-2007) MedWet/CODDE project and will be held on April 2, 2006 at the EKBY premises in Thessaloniki, Greece. The workshop is dedicated only to MedWet/CODDE (INTEREG IIIC project) partners. Workshop material (proceedings, presentations) will be uploaded after the completion of the workshop. Invitation-Programme [13/03/2006]

Newsletter of the project "Assessment of the degree of expression of the functions and values of the transboundary Lake Doiran" has been released. Click here to navigate [19/01/2006]

  News - Announcements 2005

Announcement for Advanced training seminar on "Wetland Inventory using Information Systems". The training seminar is organized by EKBY and ECAT-Tirana, with the support of MedWet Coast Albania, in the frame of the Life Third-Countries ALWET Project. It will take place in Tirana, Albania, from 31st of October to 4th of November 2005. Schedule [20/10/2005]

EKBY has recently presented in the European Nature Conference (www.natureconference.com) the cooperation between organisations from Greece and the FYROM to propose restoration measures for the transboundary Lake Doiran, in the context of a project funded by the Hellenic Aid – Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The conference was held from 21 to 25 September in Apeldoorn , the Netherlands .Click here for a short project description.[11/10/2005]

In the frame of the ALWET LIFE 3rd countries project, EKBY has undertaken to transfer expertise on MedWet inventorying tools to Albanian bodies involved in wetland conservation and management helping them to build capacity to undertake wetland inventorying with use of remote sensing, databases, and GIS. For this purpose a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) (Hatziiordanou and Fitoka 2005) was carried out in accordance with the guidance on training of the Convention on Wetlands. Based on its findings a series of training seminars were organized and a training package is being developed. More [28/9/2005]  

EKBY takes part at the "Public awareness on water resources management plans of Central and East Macedonia's water districts" meetings. The meetings are organised by the Greek ministry of Development, in cooperation with "ENM Exarhou, Nikolopoulos, Bensasson Consultants Mechanics" company and with the support of the Region of Central Macedonia and the Region of East Macedonia-Thrace, in the frame of the project "Development of hydroinformatic systems for water resources management planning in Thrace and Makedonia". The aim of the project is a) to collect and organize into a GIS system any kind of data related to water resources, b) to simulate the current water resources management, c) to assess the cost of water use, and d) to elaborate water resources management plans for each Water Basin District. The first meeting was held in Thessaloniki (Hotel Astoria, Tsimiski and Salaminos 9) on 27th of September 2005 and the second will be held on 29th of September 2005 in Komotini (Hotel Xenia, Sismanoglou 43) from 8:30 to 14:30. EKBY presents the "Use of modern geographic information systems and hydrological simulation on the elaboration of Water resources management plans". [28/09/2005]

On 6th of June 2005, the Beginners training seminar on "Wetland Inventory using Information Systems" of the Life 3rd Countries ALWET Project was completed successfully in Tirana, Albania. The seminar was organized by EKBY and ECAT-Tirana, with the support of the MedWet Coast Project. It lasted 6 days (1-6 June) and was accompanied by a case study at the Wetland site of Narta at the region of Vlore. Trainees list  [21/06/2005]

Announcement for Beginners training seminar on "Wetland Inventory using Information Systems". The training seminar is organized by ECAT-Tirana and EKBY in the frame of the Life Third-Countries ALWET Project and will be held in Tirana, Albania, from 1 June to 6 June 2005. Schedule [30/05/2005]

The new leaflet for the project Life "Rehabilitation of coppice Quercus ilex woods (9340) and Quercus frainetto woods (9280) of Mount Athos" was released. The leaflet in pdf format. [25/05/05]  

On 4th of March 2005, the 1st training seminar "Train the trainers on Wetland Inventory using Information Systems" of the ALWET Project was completed successfully at EKBY's premises. Press release - List of participants [01/04/2005]

Announcement for training seminar on "Wetland Inventory using Information Systems". The training seminar is organized by EKBY in the frame of the Life Third-Countries ALWET Project and will be held at EKBY's premises, from 28 February to 4 March 2005. Schedule [02/02/2005]

Press release. February 2nd. World Wetlands Day. [02/02/2005]

  News - Announcements 2004

The Board of ECNC-The European Centre for Nature Conservation held its annual meeting at the offices of the Greek Biotope Wetland Centre (EKBY) in Thessaloniki on 12 November 2004. Mrs Nicki Goulandris, president of the Goulandris Natural History Museum in Greece, is an honorary Vice President of ECNC and attended the Board meeting in the EKBY offices. During its meeting, the ECNC Board discussed amongst other things the possibilities to increase cooperation with EKBY in South-East Europe. Press release - Photograph [16/11/2004]

ΕΚΒΥ΄s new publication - "Transboundary cooperation for the conservation of Lake Doiran". Considering that Lake Doiran straddles the border of Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, it goes without saying that any attempt to improve the status of the lake will require bilateral cooperation. This was the challenge faced by The Goulandris Natural History Museum-Greek Biotope/Wetland Centre (EKBY) and the non-governmental organization “Society for the Investigation and Conservation of Biodiversity and Sustainable Development of Natural Ecosystems (BIOECO)”. The two organizations carry out a joint two-year project entitled “Assessment of the degree of expression of the functions and values of the transboundary Lake Doiran”. The project is funded by the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs within the framework of the Bilateral Development Aid Programme, (DAC). In the context of the project a leaflet was produced aiming at public awareness on the lake, the problem it faces and the project actions. The leaflet is in greek, english and the language of FYROM. You can download the leaflet in pdf-Acrobat format.

CD-ROM on Lake Kerkini (Produced in March 2004). The SPIN-Spatial Indicators for European Nature Conservation project was an EC FP5 project that aimed to develop and test an Earth Observation based and spatial explicit indicator system in order to support monitoring and management for protected sites of European importance. Comparative regional case studies were performed in a pan-European transect in order to gain a critical mass of knowledge about the ecological and practical validity of indicators, conservation practices and threats to protected sites. Lake Kerkini was the test site for the SPIN project in Greece. It lies in Northern Greece, at the central part of Makedonia (Macedonia). It is a complex of wetland and mountain ecosystems of great national and international importance. It comprises the Lake Kerkini (core area) and the Greek part of its cathcment area. The Kerkini catchment coincides with the River Strymon catchment with a total area of 1,152,000 ha of which 1,077,500 ha lie in Bulgaria. Lake Kerkini is a large artificial freshwater lake created on the site of a former natural swamp, after the construction of a dam across the Strymon river in 1932, primarily for flood control. Subsequently, the irrigation and the biological values also developed. The lake and its riparian areas are important habitats for migratory bird species. In total the area hosts 102 breeding bird species, 171 migrating species and 171 wintering species. Fish fauna includes at least 30 species. The fluctuations of water level affect the aquatic vegetation and the avifauna of the site. Preservation of biodiversity needs regulation of the water level with predetermined upper and lower limits. The characteristics of Lake Kerkini, the conservation issues that need to be addressed for the lake, the methods and the data used by EKBY in order to address these conservation issues in the context of the SPIN project, and the results produced are presented in a CD-ROM for Lake Kerkini. [March 2004]

  News - Announcements 2003

ΕΚΒΥ΄s new publication - "Inventory of Wetlands in Albania". The recent publication entitled “Inventory of Albanian wetlands” presents the results of a two-year project (2001-2002) on inventorying the wetlands of Albania. One of the main objectives of this project was to record and classify as many wetland areas as possible by applying of the MedWet inventory methods and making use of advanced techniques. Satellite images (Landsat-7) and supplementary fieldwork were used for the inventory of wetlands.  This is the first time that such advanced techniques have been applied for a wetlands inventory at the national level in a Mediterranean country. The project was implemented by EKBY in collaboration with the Environmental Centre for Administration and Technology of Albania (ECAT). The Hellenic Aid Service of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs has funded the project and the Greek Ministry of Environment has administrated its implementation. The Albanian Ministries notably the Ministries of Environment, of Education and Sciences, and of Agriculture and Food have supported the project with expertise, data, and the required information. The publication has 416 pages, is in Albanian, English and Greek, and comprises three parts: a) general information, b) the wetlands data sheets and c) ten Annexes supplementing the data sheets. They contain lists of the wetlands per catchment area and lists of plants and animals present. A map of Albanian wetlands presenting their spatial distribution is inserted in the publication. The publication in pdf-Acrobat format     The map of Albanian Wetlands in jpeg format [2003]

  News - Announcements 2002

ΕΚΒΥ΄s new publication - "Restoration of Mediterranean Wetlands". In the book "Restoration of Mediterranean Wetlands", which was recently published by EKBY with funds from the Hellenic Ministry of the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works, scientists present their experience and work related to theoretical and applied aspects of wetland restoration in the Mediterranean. The book, 286 pages in the Greek edition and 236 in the English one, adds to the more theoretical and extensive books on restoration previously published. The English edition will be distributed to the representatives of the countries which have signed the Ramsar Convention. The book will be used to facilitate relevant discussions at the 8th Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP8) in Valencia, Spain, in 18-26 November 2002. The Greek edition will be distributed to all the relevant civil services, universities and research institutes. A limited number of books will be sent free of charge. Priority will be kept. Postal charge is on the receiver. Further Information  [June 2002]


 

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