Under the program “Life For Open Forests”, ARCTUROS visits schools in Lamia and Fthiotida Prefecture with the purpose of informing and raising students’ awareness for the protection of wildlife. The Environmental Education programs for brown bears and wolves are implemented in collaboration with the School Activities’ Responsible of Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education of Fthiotida. In March ARCTUROS’ Pedagogic Team carried out programs in 17 schools, and in April they will visit schools in the region of Oiti.
Conservation of priority forests and forest openings in "Ethnikos Drymos Oitis" and "Oros Kallidromo" of Sterea Ellada, LIFE11 NAT/GR/1014
On December 14th, 15th and 16 the HSPN, in collaboration with the Center for Environmental Education of Stylida - Ypati, the Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education of Fthiotida, organised an Environmental Education seminar titled "Examples of environmental education projects for teachers”. More than seventy teachers of Fthiotida Prefecture attended the seminar, which included presentations by several experts in environmental education, as well as two-days demonstrations in the field.
On 7th and 8th of December IMFE successfully organized a seminar with title "Actions to improve the mountain pastures of Kallidromo and rational management - Common Agricultural Policy". The seminar was addressed to farmers-livestock breeders-beekeepers and it was held at Local Community Office of Mendenitsa, Municipality of Molos from 15.00 p.m. until 21.00 p.m. (7th December). The first-day speeches were organized by experts. In particular, the subject of the seminar concerned: (a) the LIFE - ForOpenForests project and its actions for the improvement of Kallidromo mountainous pastures, for purposes of grazing livestock, (b) the results of the actions for grazing the mountainous pastures of Kallidromo and proposals for their rational management, (c) beekeeping, (d) food safety and quality, and modern technologies in their processing and maintenance and (e) implementation of the common agricultural policy of Fthiotida. The second-day (8th December) was carried out an informative/educational visit was organized to pastures of Mt. Kallidromo. All participants who attended the two-day seminar, free of charge, were granted a certificate of attendance.
The Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems organized on 8-9 July 2017, in Eleftherochori, Fthiotida, a seminar for the information of farmers and stock breeders about the "Actions for the improvement of the mountain pastures of Kallidromos and their rational management". The seminar was implemented under the Life + "ForOpenForests" program. On the first day speeches were held by Dr. Konstantinia Tsaggari, Forester, Director of the Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems and Dr. Konstantinos Mantzanas, Forester, Department of Forestry and Environment of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (e.g. actions of ForOpenForests program, livestock farming, meadow management etc.). The second day a training visit was organized to pastures of Mount Kallidromo.
The weekend of 3 and 4 June 2017 was successfully implemented, by the Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems, the 4rth seminar entitled "Actions to improve Oiti mountain pastures and rationalize management". The seminar was addressed to farmers-breeders and it was held at the Office of the Local Community of Neochori, Municipality of Lamia. In particular, the subject of the seminar concerned: (a) the LIFE - ForOpenForests project and its actions for the improvement of Oiti Mountain pastures, for the purpose of grazing livestock, and (b) the results of the actions for grazing the mountain pastures of Oiti and Proposals for their rational management. In conclusion, the speakers underlined that livestock farming of Oiti is important for maintaining forest grazing and biodiversity in grassland habitats but it must be organized on a rational basis in order not to harm the forest.
On 24-26 April 2017, The Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems - Hellenic Agricultural Organization DEMETER, organized a seminar in the "Papakostio" Cultural Center of Amfiklia, to inform farmers, breeders and beekeepers about the "coexistence of animal production and the natural environment ". During the first two days speeches were delivered by speculators (eg apiculture, livestock farming, certification of animal products, basic principles of the new CAP etc.) and the third day an informative/educational visit was organized to pastures of Mount Kallidromo.
The Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems - Hellenic Agricultural Organization DEMETER, organized a three day seminar (from 12 to 14 December 2016), at Loutra Ypatis, in order to inform farmers, stockmen and beekeepers about the "Utilization of Oiti and Kallidromo pasture for the production of animal products". The conclusion of this seminar was to preserve traditional forms of extensive farming and beekeeping as it is an important productive capital. At the same time, the preservation of traditional forms of extensive farming and beekeeping can be a reference point and attract visitors to the mountainous areas not only due to the availability of high quality products but also because of the strong and unique cultural elements which they are associated.
The Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems - Hellenic Agricultural Organization DEMETER, organized a three day seminar (from 12 to 14 September 2016) in order to inform farmers, stockmen and beekeepers about the sustainable management of mountain Oiti and Kallidromo grasslands in the framework of New Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
The seminar was organized in the Municipal building of the Municipality of Molos – Agios Konstantinos in Molos. Last day the participants visited the project area in Kallidromo.
A successful meeting, from 18 to 20 May 2016, as regards networking and exchange of knowledge and experiences, was held, from the implementation of the Life+ project "Restoration and Conservation of Greek Forests habitat in Prespa National Park" and Life+ "Conservation of priority forests and forest openings priority in "Ethnikos Drymos Oitis" and "Kallidromo" of Sterea Ellada". The meeting was carried out at the offices of the Management Body of Oiti National Park in Loutra Ipatis, which presented both the actions of the Management Body and Life ForOpen Forests project.
Afterwards the participants (Dr. George Karetsos, Dr. Vasilis Papanastasis, Dr. George Lyrintzis, George Mantakas-DSPU, Dr. Alexandra Solomou, Eirini Koutseri-MSc, Annita Logotheti-MSc and Dr. George Fotiadis) visited "Ethnikos Drymos Oitis" and "Kallidromo" for the presentation of already implemented actions of the project and further discussion and exchange of knowhow about Juniperus foetidissima.