The Greek Biotope/Wetland Centre EKBY is the partner of the ALWET Project.

The Greek Biotope/Wetland Centre (EKBY by its Greek initials) was established in 1991 by the Goulandris Natural History Museum with European Community funding and the support of the Greek Ministry of the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF). EKBY is a non-profit organization based in the prefecture of Thessaloniki and is operating as an autonomous body under the steering of the Goulandris Museum. The scientific personnel of the Centre, includes experts in hydrology, soil science, marine biology, botany, zoology, ecology, agriculture, forestry, and communications. EKBY's overall objective is to promote the sustainability of renewable natural resources in Greece and in the rest of Europe including the Mediterranean region. EKBY is active in the fields of Natural areas management, Scientific and technical information, Applied research and Public awareness and education. EKBY cooperates closely with government services, pertinent services of the Commission of the European Union, the Ramsar Bureau, the European Topic Centre for Nature Protection and Biodiversity, ECNC, agencies participating in international projects, NGOs, educational and research institutes in Greece and abroad and the MedWet Initiative. It has also been designated by the Greek Ministry of Environment as the EEA's National Reference Centre for Nature in Greece. Since 1991, EKBY has carried out several projects in the area concerned by the ALWET project. Projects funded by the EU community:

Inventory, identification, evaluation and mapping of the habitat types and flora and fauna species in Greece (Directive 92/43/EEC) (LIFE - NATURE), Conservation and management of sites of Community Importance in Greece (Directive 92/43/EEC) (LIFE - NATURE), Conservation and management of the Lakes Chimaditida and Zazari (LIFE - NATURE), Spatial Indicators for European Nature Conservation (5thFP), System for hydrology using land observation for model calibration (4thFP), Evaluation of Wetlands (5thFP), Integrated management of European wetlands (5thFP), Inventory of Greek wetlands as natural resources, Inventory of Greek vegetation, Preparation and publication of a book presenting Greek and EU environmental legislation, a training project on the Wise use of water resources at the area of lake Kerkini. Regarding training, public awareness and education: a) it organized two (2) training courses on environmental impact assessment for the staff of pertinent civil services and more than 45 educational seminars on the importance of wetlands, on Environmental Education techniques, etc., b) exhibitions on wetlands have been prepared and presented in Greece and abroad, c) EKBY has published more than 21 leaflets and 23 posters and It has also produced educational maps on Greek wetlands and the proposed Natura 2000 sites, and a 382-page illustrated book entitled "Greek Wetlands" in Greek and English.

Contact Information:

Greek Biotope - Wetland Center (EKBY)

14th km Thessaloniki-Mihaniona, 570 01 Thermi,

P.O. Box: 60394, Greece

Phone: +30 2310 473320,

Fax: +30 2310 471795