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Natura 2000

STRUCTURE OF THE HELLENIC HABITAT PROJECT
Source: http://www.minenv.gr Ministry of Land planning

all_animalsThe identification of sites eligible to be insluded in the Natura 2000 network has been carried out in all Member States of the European Union since 1992, and is considered as the backbone of all the activities on environmental protection. Given the great biodiversity and composition of the natural habitats, our country is going to play an important role in this European effort.

The implementation of the Directive 92/43/EEC in Hellas started with the execution of the project Inventory, Identification, Evaluation and Mapping of the Habitat types and Flora and Fauna species in Hellas (Directive 92/43/EEC) which was approved by the competent Community committees (Habitat Committee 3-4/6/94 and Life Committee 5-6/10/94) and has been executed by the Goulandris Natural History Museum through the Hellenic Biotope/Wetland Centre (EKBY), in co-operation with the Schools of Biology at the Universities of Athens, Thessaloniki and Patras between 1/6/1994 and 31/3/1996, following a three-month extension. The project was funded 75% by the EU and 25% by the Hellenic National Authorities, i.e, the Ministry of Environment, Phusical Planning and Public Works and the Ministry of Agriculture (General Secreteriat of Forests and Natural Environment). The total amount of funding came up to 1,301,333 ECUs.


arktourosThe beneficiary (i.e. The Goulandris Natural History Museum) through the projects Management Team and with the full coordinative and scientific support from the Hellenic Biotope/Wetland Centre, coordinated the project. A Management team comprising the Project Manager, the Deputy Project Manager, the Administration Officer, and the Accountant was responsible for putting at the disposal of those in charge of the scientific work, the available information, in order to best implement the project. The above team was also responsible for the general co-ordination, and for passing information and discussion issues to the Steering Committee. The latter, consisted of representatives of the two Ministries, the Project Manager, the Deputy Project Manager, the Administrative Officer and three scientific co-ordinators (leaders), representing the three University Schools that participated in the project.

The scientific structure of the project, integrated a multidisciplinary team of about one hundred scientists which together spanned the whole range of specializations required by the directive. The Hellenic Biotope/Wetland Centre along with the three Schools of Biology of the Universities of Athens, Thessaloniki and Patras and also relevant research organisations (such as the National Centre for Marine Research, the Institute of Forestry Research etc.), formed the working team.

For the purposes of the project, Hellas had been divided into three geographical regions, for every one of which, a scientific co-ordinator, was put in charge. More specifically, Dr. Dimitrios Babalonas, Associate Professor of Botany at the School of Biology of the University of Thesssaloniki, led the team that had undertaken the execution of the project in the geographical region of Thrace, Eastern, Central and Western Macedonia and part of Thessaly. Dr. Kyriacos Georghiou, Assistant Professor of Botany at the School of Biology of the University of Athens, was the scientific co-ordinator of the team that had undertaken the execution of the project in the geographical region of Sterea Ellada, Attika, part of Thessaly, Northern and Southern Aegean and Crete. Professor Theodoros Georgiadis, from the School of Biology of the University of Patras, was the scientific co-ordinator of the team that had undertaken the execution of the project in the geographical region of Epirus, Western Hellas, the Peloponnese and the Ionian islands.

The members of the working team provided the required information, filled in the Standard Data Forms (SDFs) and delivered them centrally at EKBY. Interchange of information between the different working teams was essential throughout the project. Additional literature research and field visits were conducted in order to cover the identified gaps while quality control was further enhanced with the formation of groups of experts on flora, fauna and habitat types, in order to further clarify nomenclature and distribution problems.

The output of the project serves as the baseline for the development of a national strategy towards environmental protection and wise use of habitat types and plant and animal species of special value.


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