Workshops on «Managing NATURA2000 sites: New Challenges, Good Practices and Public Consultation».
University of Crete – Natural History Museum of Crete (NHMC) in the context of program LIFE + Information and Communication, entitled «Ecological Services, social benefits and economic value of ecosystem services in the areas of NATURA 2000 Network in Crete» (Acronym: ‘’LIFE NATURA2000 Value Crete’’ – LIFE13 INF/GR/ 00018), organized two (2) Workshops on the «Management of NATURA2000 Networks: New Challenges, Good Practices and public consultation».
Participation in the 3rd Tourism Festival of Ierapetra Municipality, 5-10 September 2018
The mobile photography exhibition of NATURA 2000 protected areas developed under the Natura 2000 Value Crete project was presented during the 3rd Tourism Festival of Ierapetra that took place during the first week of Autumn 2018 (5 to 10 September 2018).
The information guides on the services and benefits of the coastal, mountainous and rural ecosystems were distributed to participants of this 6 day event.
A fruitful discussion on the ecosystem services and their contribution to the competitiveness of the local tourism product took place suggesting horizontal partnerships for the protection of environment in order to ensure sustainable development.
The action was implemented in cooperation with the Biopolitics International Organization and the Municipal Nonprofit Organization for Environment both of which are partners of the project «Natural Environment and Innovative Actions in Biotourism» funded by the Green Fund.
Participation in Rural August Festival (Chania 24-30/8/2018)
The project LIFE NATURA2000ValueCrete participated in the Rural August Exhibition that took place during the last week of August 2018.
The 3 information guides of the ecosystem services of coastal, mountainous and agricultural Natura 2000 areas containing maps and photos from all the 54 NATURA2000 Protected Areas of Crete were distributed among participants and the project was presented under a kiosk based at the centre of 1866 square of Chania.
This year’s exhibition hosted all in total 40 kiosks at the central city's square.
A two day event in Ano Asites village for the protected natural areas
LIFE Natura2000Value Crete, in collaboration with the Cultural and Folklore Association of Ano Asites village, organized a two day event (July, 27 and 28, 2018) on the protected natural areas and the ecosystem services they offer.
On Friday 27, the project documentary was shown on the hall of the Cultural and Folklore Association, followed by a presentation on the Natura 2000 network areas and their ecosystem services. A long discussion with many questions and remarks from the audience followed. On the next morning (Saturday 28), in Ai Giannis square, the village children enjoyed the project floor game, before moving to Agios Antonios gorge for the release to the wild of two rehabilitated griffon vultures and two buzzards.
Participation of the NATURA 2000 Value Crete Project at the 7th Summer School of Journalism
On Wednesday July 25 2018, the NATURA 2000 Value Crete Project team hosted the students and professors of the 7th Summer School of Environmental Journalism at the premises of the Exhibition of Natural History Museum of Crete.
Purpose of the students’ visit at the exhibition of the Natural History Museum of Crete was to get familiar with the interactive technologies of the NATURA 2000 Hall presenting all the 54 Protected Areas of Crete and get acknowledged with the ecosystem services of Natura 2000 sites.
The School of environmental Journalism is annually organized by the Department of Journalism and Media of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in collaboration with the Institute of Applied Communication of the Department of Communication and Media of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and for second year in the row is hosted at the premises of the Institute of District Press in Chania.
LIFE Natura2000 Value Crete on the ""Feast of the Earth", in Arkalochori
LIFE Natura2000 Value Crete participated in the "Feast of the Earth", which took place in Arkalochori between 30 June and 2 July, 2018. On the afternoon of 30 June, a floor game and a animal mask workshop were held for the children of the region, which were distributed hats and t-shirts of the program. Throughout the Feast, visitors could see part of the project photo exhibition and were provided with the LIFE Natura2000 Value Crete information material.
LIFE Natura2000 Value Crete participated in the "Environmental Festival" of the "Hamogelo" kindergarden
LIFE Natura2000 Value Crete participated in the "Environmental Festival" of the "Hamogelo" nursery-kindergarden, distributing its communication material (brochures, books, posters and t-shirts) from the booth of the Natural History Museum of Crete.
Celebration of the World Environment Day in Rethymno, June 5 2018
The project team of LIFE NATURA 2000 Value Crete visited Rethymno in order to celebrate the World Environment Day on June 5, 2018.
The event took place in collaboration with the Marine Turtle Protection Society ARCHELON and the Municipality of Rethymnon and involved a press conference and a floor game for pupils of 5 local primary schools.
Early on Tuesday morning the representatives of all the three co-organizers gathered together at the House of Culture of Rethymno where local media where invited to attend a press conference devoted to this year’s theme of World Environment Day namely: “Beat plastic pollution”.
Participation in the “2nd City Conference on Volunteering and Social Empowerment", Kolympari 4-6/5/2018
The Natural History Museum of Crete - University of Crete, participated in the “2nd City Conference on Volunteering and Social Empowerment", which took place the weekend 4-6 May 2018, in the Conference Center of the Orthodox Academy of Crete, in Kolymbari, Chania.
Aim of the conference was to show the economic, social and environmental importance of Adult Education, the importance of Culture, Volunteering and Cross-sectoral Cooperation inside the Community.
Open event: “Natural Environment and Conservation of Chrysi island”
On the 26th of April, 2018, at the onset of the new tourist season, an open event on the “Natural Environment and Conservation of Chrysi island” took place at the Exhibition of Natural History Museum of Crete - University of Crete (Sofokli Venizelou Av., Iraklion).
The whole Chrysi island (also known as Gaidouronisi) has been designated as a NATURA2000 area, since it hosts a wide range of protected habitat types and flora & fauna species. Thanks to its natural beauty, it is a top destination for the inhabitants and visitors of Crete. Unfortunately, its touristic exploitation is out of control, despite the fact than clear management strategy and practices have been suggested by NHMC.
The program of the event:
18.00-18.30: View of the LIFE Natura2000Value Crete documentary «Natura 2000: Life for all»
18.30-19.00: "NATURA2000 network and the Natural Environment of Chrysi island"- Panagiotis Georgiakakis, NHMC
19.00-19.30: "Special Environmental Study of the Island of Chrysi: What has to be done this summer period" – Michalis Dretakis, ΜΦΙΚ