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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.

06/08/2017
Φωτογραφία : Αλεξάνδρα Σωλομού

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.        

13/06/2017
Photo: Giorgos Mantakas

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.

29/05/2017
On 04.02.2017 the team of Dr. Irene Vallianatou was completed  the "autumn" seeding in temporary ponds of Kallidromos in the framework of Action C.4 which is being implemented by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. The task was repeatedly postponed on the temporary ponds due to this year's weather conditions changed from the dry phase of the ice very quickly. Along with Ms Valianatou contributed to sowing colleagues Dimitris Bouboukis and Thanasis Komninos. In particular the team sowed the key species of temporary ponds of Verbena supina, Heliotropioum supinum and Myosurus minimus. The seeds were provided by UoA and have been collected in the framework of Action C7.
 
Action C.7: Ex situ conservation and propagation of keystone species of target habitats * 12/02/2017

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.

05/01/2017
Φωτογραφία : Αλεξάνδρα Σωλομού

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. 

06/10/2016

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.

15/06/2016
On 16 and 17 of May, 2016 we welcomed members of the project team LIFE13 NAT / CY / 000176 «Improvement of lowland forest habitat for birds in Cyprus» (www.lifeforbirds.eu), in the framework of Action F.4,  networking with other LIFE and non-LIFE projects.
The activity of networking included meetings at the offices of HSPN and Managing Body of Oiti National Park and visits to the field, in Kallidromo and Oiti. In the offices of HSPN representatives of the two projects presented the actions and the results. The visit to the project area began with a meeting in the offices of the Managing Body of Oiti National Park, where its experts presented the activities of the Managing Body for the protection of the area. The Cypriot delegation visited Oiti and Kallidromo and was able to get informed concerning actions undertaken in the field by members of the ForOpenForests project team.
11/06/2016

From 29 to 31 March 2016, 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 "Otos Kallidromo" of Sterea Ellada". The meeting was successful and held in the offices of the Society for the protection of Prespa in “Laimos” and habitats of Juniperus excelsae.  In the meeting, activities and progress of the project LIFE + JunEx and the results achieved until today were presented. In the meeting several experts presented such as Eirini Koutseri (MSc) in the meeting room and Anita Logotheti in the field from the Society for the protection of Prespa, Dr. Petros Kakouros from EKVY, Dr. Konstantinia Tsagari-Associate Scientific Director of the program, George Mantakas (DSPU) and Dr. Alexandra Solomou from Hellenic Agricultural Organization "DEMETER", Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems. 

02/05/2016

On March 31, 2016, the Mid Term Report of the project was submitted to the European Commission. This report is the third of five to be submitted throughout the implementation of the project.

08/04/2016

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