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Workshops about fishing tourism and the development of a brand name

In October 14 and 15 (2018) two technical workshops took place in Korthi and Messaria on Andros island. The workshops focused at discussing with and informing stakeholders (restaurateurs, members of the fishing and tourism sectors) about fishing tourism and the development of a brand name aiming at the promotion of local products. An invited expert on coastal fishing and fishing tourism participated in the workshops by providing valuable information. Representatives of coastal fishermen shared their experiences, reported problems they are facing and expressed their opinions regarding the prospects of fishing tourism in Andros, as well as the importance of certifying their products.
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1st newsletter of the project

The first newsletter of the project, including a short presentation of the project and its main outcomes during its first year, is out and available here.
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“Spying” on the Monk Seals of Andros

Five cameras are currently monitoring the activity in the interior of Andros’ sea caves, used by Monk Seals for resting and pupping. At the beginning of the year, experts on Mediterranean Monk Seal conducted field expeditions to the resting and pupping sites of the species that are found within the project area. They examined thoroughly the sea caves and subsequently designed special cave camera traps, to be installed in them. A system that is already used at the Mediterranean Monk Seal colonies at the Madeira archipelago, in the framework of the project LIFE MADEIRA MONK SEAL, was selected and adapted to the conditions of Andros. The cave camera traps equipped with infrared cameras have been installed in five sea caves and are in operation since July. They are expected to…
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Informative meeting in Arni

On July 21st, with the valuable help of the Cultural Association of Arni, named "Evangelistria", an informative meeting was held at the association’s offices, where the two LIFE programs of Andros were presented to the local stakeholders. After the presentation followed an interesting debate, which clarified many questions from the interested parties and it was agreed that there should be continuous cooperation and information so that the maximum benefits for the local community and for the valuable natural environment of the island can be obtained. The meeting was attended by representatives of the two LIFE programs, the municipality of Andros and ELGO Demeter. We particularly thank Mr. Spyros Halas and the members of the association for the organization of the event and we promise to continue these lively discussions and…
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Relocation from the Agricultural University of Athens and establishment of alder seedlings in Agadaki Estate (Kairios Library).

About 9.000 alder seedlings, which were collected from alder stands in alluvial lands of Andros and matured in the premises of the Agricultural University of Athens (AUA), were prepared into sowing disks and under controlled conditions for seedbeds for a time period of 3 months in AUA, until they were in a preferable size for transplanting. At the same time during the last two months, constructions for the preparation of a nursery (shading system, irrigation network and fencing) were implemented in Agadaki Estate (Kairios Library), while the procedures for the acquisition of the necessary supplies for the implementation of alders’ transplanting were finalized. The relocation of alder seedlings from the AUA to the nursery of Agadaki Estate and their transplanting into special designed bags for maturation (where they will remain…
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Informative event on the project

On Saturday the 28th of April 2018, an informative event on the project LIFE Andros Park for the community of Andros, took place at the Municipal Theatre of Chora. The purpose of the event and the speeches given, were to present the subject of the project’s activities, and its connection to the former LIFE project that was implemented in Andros (ANDROSSPA), as well as with the project LIFE Terracescape which is implemented at the same time in the island, while a representative from the Ministry of Environment (Mr I. Mitsopoulos) gave a presentation for the special characteristics of the NATURA 2000 sites. Additionally, there was a strong focus to the necessity for active support and participation to the project by Andros’ citizens, in order to create a relationship of mutual…
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First technical audit of the project

A two day technical audit of the project LIFE Andros Park was held in Andros the 27th and 28th of April 2018 by the representative of the External Monitoring Team of the project, Mrs Koutsolioutsou. During the control, a visit was paid to selected project sites, such as the Agadaki Estate, where the construction works of the Botanical Garden have already started. The purpose of the Botanical Garden is to become a pole of attraction and information of the island’s citizens, as well as of tourists. At the same time it will be of great importance for the restoration of the alder forests of the island, as it will function as a transitional station (from the Agricultural University of Athens to the sites of permanent plantation) of the young seedlings’…
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Setting the basis for the restoration of the alder forests in Andros

Setting the basis for the restoration of the alder forests in Andros, the previous month (March 2018) the first large scale sowing of seeds took place in specially formed rooms of the Agrucultural University of Athens (Laboratory of General and Agrucultural Microbiology). The seeds were collected from alder stands in alluvial lands of Andros, and while we are talking the young seedlings are already in their first stages of maturation. In the next few months, about 9000 seedlings will be transferred in the under construction nursery inside the facilities of Agadaki Estate in Andros (in collaboration with the Kairios Library). After an essential time of adaptation, they will be transferred in their permanent sites of plantation, i.e. in the sites that the alluvial forests are deteriorated or damaged, in order…
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Planning for the protection of the Mediterranean monk seal at Andros

One of the most interesting and challenging facts about the endangered Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) is its distribution: the populations of the species live in the eastern Mediterranean Sea and off the coasts of Africa in the northern Atlantic and are separated by more than 4000 km. Because of this distance, opportunities for cooperation between the teams working with these separated monk seal populations have been limited. However, the LIFE Andros Park project has managed to bridge this distance and bring MOm, the team working with monk seals in Greece and CBD Habitat, the team working with Mediterranean Monk Seals at Cabo Blanco in Mauritania, closer. Within the framework of the project the two teams will share experience and knowledge in monitoring Mediterranean monk seals; more specifically, MOm and…
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