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Field excursion during the seminar (Photo: Christos Georgiadis).

On October 2nd  and 3rd the HSPN, in collaboration with the Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education of Fthiotida and the Center for Environmental Education of Stylida - Ypati, organised an Environmental Education seminar titled "Theoretical approaches and practical applications”. More than seventy teachers of Fthiotida Prefecture attended the seminar, which inluded presentations by regognised authorities in environmental education, as well as demonstrations in the field.

18/02/2015
Estimation of the optimal grazing regime (Photo: Giorgos Lyrintzis)

In order to estimate the optimal grazing regime to ideally manage the grasslands and preserve their biodiversity, samples were collected from Mts.Oiti and Kallidromo.  The plant cover and biomass within and outside the cages were measured in the laboratory. Planned manipulations include two degrees of grazing pressure, corresponding to moderate (at the capacity level)and strong (twice the capacity level) grazing, as well as the control (no grazing). These will be applied tonon-improvedgrasslands well as grasslandsimprovedby controlled combustion or by removal (cutting) of shrubs and weeds.

18/02/2015
The tracking collar in place. (Photo: Giorgos Lyrintzis)

In order to ascertain the movements and activity of cattle grazing in the forest openings of Mt  Kallidromo, two GPS collars were put on two cows to track their movements. This method is applied for the first time in Greece. This is a trial to test the functionality of the system and to gain experience for the stand-alone application next year. The animal movements are transmitted by SMS via mobile phone network to central receivers, outside the study area, in the Rangeland Ecology Laboratory of the School of Forestry & Natural Environment, Aristotle University, and the Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems.

 

18/02/2015
Members of the project team walked the paths of Oiti and Kalidromo (Photo: Christos Georgiadis)

On June 26 and 27, members of the project team walked the paths proposed for restoration in the framework of Action C.1. Specifically, on June 26, the Project Manager and staff members of the RST walked a path on Mt. Oiti traditionally used by Sarakatsani nomadic shepherds during their seasonal migrations, and recorded the sites in need of maintenance and restoration. The team was accompanied by Mr. Stelios Syleounis, vice-president of the Board of Directors of the Management Body of Oiti National Park who works at the Center for Environmental Education of Stylida-Ypati and has extensive knowledge of the area. The following day, the same team continued its work following a path on Mt. Kallidromon. The selected route starts at the village Eleftherochori and ends at the temporary pond in Souvala. The team was accompanied by Mr. Loucas Pratilas, a mountain guide working in the area.

 
Action C.1: Protection of priority habitats: access control and visitor management * 29/07/2014
Grazing cages were placed in Mts. Oiti and Kallidromo (Photo: Christos Georgiadis)

In the context of Action C.3, 60 grazing cages were placed in both project areas for monitoring the biomass production according to different grazing regimes. This action is being implemented by the ELGO “DEMETER” in cooperation with experts in grazing management from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Action C.3: Grazing management and woody vegetation clearing for the restoration of temporary ponds (3170*) and mountain grasslands (6210*, 6230*) * 19/07/2014
Professor K. Georghiou presenting the report of the UoA. (Photo: Christos Georgiadis)

Ms. Anastasia Koutsoulioutsou, a member of the external monitoring team for LIFE projects in Greece and Cyprus, carried out the second evaluation of the project on June 28. Ms. Koutsolioutsou spent half of the day at the offices of ELGO DEMETER, where she was briefed in detail about the development of the project and verified the progress towards agreed actions and targets. During the afternoon, Ms.Koutsolioutsou, accompanied by members of the project team, visited the facilities and laboratories of the University of Athens. There, she was briefed about the results regarding germination of Veronica oetaea* and the progress of the other actions carried out by the UoA.

13/07/2014
The project’s poster

The project’s poster is ready and is being distributed to local authorities and organisations by the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature. The poster aims to increase awareness about the project and to promote its objectives in the local communities. To view the poster click here http://foropenforests.org

13/07/2014
The Brown Bear leflet is ready

According to the framework of Action E.1 the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature in collaboration with ARCTUROS prepared a leaflet about the Brown Bear and its presence on Mount Oiti. The leaflet will be distributed to the local communities and authorities of the area. To view the leaflet click here http://foropenforests.org

13/07/2014
The project leaflet

During the past few months the project team has worked to prepare a leaflet, according to the framework of Action E.1. This leaflet presents the aims, objectives and targeted species and habitats of the project, with the exception of the Brown Bear, for which a separate leaflet has been prepared. The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature has already started its distribution. To view the leaflet click here http://foropenforests.org

13/07/2014
Presentation of the project in the newspaper TO VIMA

On 18 January 2014 an article about the project was published in the newspaper To Vima. In a full-page article the journalist Machi Tratsa presented the project’s objectives and the first results of the field work. The article was accompanied by photographs of the target species and the work of the project team in the field. To read the article please visit the webpage: http://www.tovima.gr/society/article/?aid=560745

09/03/2014

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