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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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Plastic in coasts and nests

In November, the first samplings were conducted to assess the abundance of plastic and microplastics in coastal areas of the program. The visit was carried out by the project team at Kremmydes Beach which, in addition to the sampling, it was cleaned. (more…)
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