WWF Greece (Coordinating Beneficiary)
WWF Greece was founded in 1990, as part of the international WWF family, and in 1994 was registered as a Public Welfare Foundation. Its mission is to conserve the rich biodiversity of Greece, to prevent and eventually to reverse environmental degradation, seeking the harmonious coexistence of humans with nature. Since its inception, the organisation has designed and implemented over 80 projects for the conservation of the freshwater, marine and forest ecosystems of Greece, ranging from field research and monitoring of species and habitats, to environmental education and capacity building. WWF Greece has also implemented policy work that has contributed to the improvement of Greek environmental legislation as well as towards changing the attitude of policy-makers and the public in favour of the environment.
Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change
The Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change was established in order to confront the continuous environmental problems of Greece and to adopt a new development model – the model of Green Development- that will secure a better quality of life for every citizen. The Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change has a mission towards the protection of the natural environment and resources, the improvement of quality of life, the mitigation and adjustment to the implications of climate change and the enhancement of mechanisms and institutions for environmental governance.
Decentralized Administration Authority of Aegean
The Decentralized Administration Authority of Aegean extends its competences over the whole of the Aegean Archipelago, including the Dodecanese, the Cyclades, and the islands of Northern Aegean. Decentralized Administration Authorities are responsible for implementing state authority at the regional level. Their competences include the management of public land, the issuing of environmental permits, the implementation of natural resources policies, etc. Although the institution of the Decentralized Administration Authority has been very recently founded, its personnel has been recruited from the former Regional Self-Administrations of Northern and Southern Aegean and has extensive experience in issues regarding the management of natural resources, the protection of the natural environment and the regulation of human activities.
Development Corporation of Local Authorities of Cyclades S.A.
The Development Corporation of Local Authorities of Cyclades S.A. (DCLAC S.A.) has a wide range of activities all of which are developed and implemented with great expertise, significant efficacy and excellent cooperation with citizens, businesses and organizations of the Cyclades. The DCLAC S.A. has the flexibility of a private company, but it is a “local citizens based” company and has a non profit operational status. The main goals of DCLAC S.A. are:
• to scientifically and technical support the Cyclades municipalities and other relevant bodies (chambers of commerce, local unions, etc.)
• to promote the business, economic and in general sustainable development of the wider Cyclades region
• to develop environmental conservation activities
• to participate in relevant initiatives and projects and to implement relevant policies within and outside Greece.
Harokopio University is a public higher education institution and was founded in 1990. The University aims at achieving high international standards in its scientific research. As a recent public university it combines theoretical teaching with laboratory research, making use of academic teaching, applied knowledge and modern technology. Its basic aim is to promote scientific knowledge and contribute towards the improvement of the economic, social and cultural development of the country. The Department of Geography which operates for ten years combines Human, Natural and Applied Geography, offering a truly multidisciplinary degree. The Department also runs a postgraduate course entitled: “Applied Geography and Spatial Planning”. The University has carried out a significant number of research programs funded from the European Commission and/or from national sources.
MOm/ The Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk seal
MOm/ The Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk seal is a Greek non–governmental environmental organization with the legal status of a Non-profit association. According to the regulations of the International Convention on the Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) MOm is an accredited research institute and since 1996, it has been a member of IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature), the largest organization in the world for the protection of the natural environment. The main goal of MOm is the conservation of the natural environment and the biodiversity of Greek seas, through the protection of the critically endangered Mediterranean Monk seal (Monachus monachus). MOm strives for the survival of the only seal species in the Mediterranean Sea and for a healthy marine environment for the present and future generations. In order to achieve the above, MOm works on two different, but highly related fronts.
MOm’s aim is to:
• Reduce human – related monk seal mortality
• Preserve the last remaining habitat for the critically endangered Mediterranean monk seal.
MOm’s scientific research, conservation and education activities are carried out by a dedicated and highly-specialized team of professionals (i.e. biologists, field technicians, media officers) with the help of numerous volunteers. MOm’s activities include:
• Scientific Research
• Rescue and Rehabilitation
• Protection and Management
• Public Awareness and Sensitization
• Environmental Education
Tethys Research Institute
The Tethys Research Institute, founded in 1986 in Milan, is a non-profit NGO dedicated to the preservation of the marine environment and its biodiversity, with a focus on cetaceans of the Mediterranean Sea. It aims to protect the Mediterranean biodiversity by promoting the adoption of a precautionary approach for the management of natural resources. The work carried out by Tethys strives to prevent the decline of marine species and to encourage sustainable use of the marine environment. Its professional approach to research has made it one of the leading Institutes in its field. Tethys has produced over 300 refereed scientific contributions and has spearheaded the creation of the Mediterranean Cetacean Sanctuary, which was based on the Institute’s research findings. With a core team of approximately 30 collaborators, Tethys has involved thousands of people from all over the world in its expeditions. The function of the Institute is exclusively based on autonomous fundraising.