Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Greece slacking on Natura 2000

The Greek Natura network consists of 239 Sites of Community Importance and 151 Special Protection Zones.

The map above is proof that our country is one of the richest in terms of biodiversity in the Mediterranean, but also on the whole continent. Approximately 1/4 of the country belongs to this network! However, the latest review of management practices, in terms of carrying out projects within the framework of the Natura 2000, places Greece second from last. The study carried out by the WWF and other NGOs, looked at all EU-25 Member States, and also Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Turkey. The assessment is very critical of Greece, stressing on the absence of management measures for realizing the targets of the Natura network, and the absence of government funding...once again, way to go Ministry of Environment...what a shame...
For more on this, read:
The full report: Natura 2000 in Europe - An NGO assessment
The related WWF Hellas article
Check the EC's Nature & Biodiversity pages.

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