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
Conservation of priority forests and forest openings in "Ethnikos Drymos Oitis" and "Oros Kallidromo" of Sterea Ellada, LIFE11 NAT/GR/1014
On 18 January 2014, the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature, as project coordinating beneficiary, in cooperation with the Municipality of Amfikleia – Elateia organised a local event in order to present the project results from field work on Mts. Oiti and Kalidromo. During the meeting, representatives of all project partners presented the implementation progress of their respective Actions and the initial results of the field work. The presentations of the project team were followed by a discussion with representatives of the authorities that participated in the local event.
Vodafone provides two free connections for one year to transfer the data from the two meteorological stations over its network. Additionally, Vodafone has graciously allowed us to install the weather station for Mt. Kallidromo within its fenced facilities at the site Gravia.
On Tuesday, December 10, 2013 the meteorological station was installed in Mount Kallidromo. Dr. John Alexopoulos , Spyridonas Didalos and Spyridonas Mavroulis of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in cooperation with the contractor, Scientact AE, completed the installation, under adverse weather conditions, at Gravia, in the existing facilities of Vodafone. The station is fully operational and sends weather data through the network of Vodafone, which are processed and analyzed by the team of the University of Athens.
On Monday, December 9, 2013 the meteorological station was successfully installed in the National Park of Oiti. Dr. John Alexopoulos, Spyridonas Didalos and Spyridonas Mavroulis of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in cooperation with the contractor, Scientact AE, completed the installation at Greveno, under adverse weather conditions. The station is operating normally and sends weather data through the network of Vodafone. The data are processed and analyzed by the team of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
On November 20, 2013 the second meeting of the stakeholders of the project was held in Lamia. The meeting was attended by representatives of the regional government, community organizations, farmers, hunters and members of environmental NGOs. The aim of the meeting was to present the specifications and locations of the infrastructures that will be constructed by the Region of Central Greece in the project areas. The presentation of the specifications was followed by extensive discussion with the Committee members.
On Friday November 1st, 2013, staff members of ARCTOUROS visited the project areas and delivered Hellenic Livestock Guarding Dog puppies as part of Action C.9. Hellenic Guarding Dogs have been successfully protecting livestock in the mountainous regions of our country for centuries and constitute an invaluable part of our cultural and natural heritage.
On November 6. 2013, the presence of the Tengmalm’s Owl (Aegolius funereus) on Mt. Oiti was confirmed through Action A.9 fieldwork. The project’s ornithologist, accompanied by his colleagues E. Shogolev and S. Shogolev, visited again the area where this species had been most recently observed (in 2010 by A. Christopoulos). Since this owl is active mostly after dark, at nightfall they started playing its “song”. Receiving no response they changed place. On their third attempt, near the forest margin, at an altitude of 1.850 m, and shortly after 19.00 hours, a Tengmalm’s Owl called back -twice. They kept playing the call for a quarter of an hour (with intervals for better hearing) and the owl responded five times in total.
The project manager, Mr. Christos Georgiadis, presented the project LIFE11NAT/GR/1014 “ForOpenForests” at the Symposium MEDITERRANEAN AGROECOLOGY AND ORGANIC AGRICULTURE and II INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “BIOCÍTRICS” The Symposium was organised in Valencia, Spain from 2 to 5 October, within the framework of the exhibition Vegetal World. Specialists in agroecology from several Mediterranean countries participated in the Symposium.
Ms. Anastasia Koutsoulioutsou, a member of the external monitoring team for LIFE projects in Greece and Cyprus held the first evalution of the project on July 25 and 26. Ms. Koutsolioutsou spent the first day at the offices of the HSPN, where she was briefed in detail about the development of the project and verified the progress towards agreed actions and targets. On the second day, Ms. Koutsolioutsou, accompanied by representatives of all partners, visited the project area. There, she had the opportunity to observe various teams working in the field, and received information about various aspects of fieldwork and on the implementation of project actions.