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17th February 2017: 14th February 2017: A historic day for transboundary Prespa

22 September 2016: The Juniper Forests captured the interest of the “students” of the two summer schools, implemented this summer in Prespa

13th September 2016: 100 wetlands and 7 countries in 1 afternoon – the 1st Pelican census covering all of SE Europe and Turkey

15 February 2016: Our life in a wetland! Primary school students from across the transboundary Prespa basin show us what the wetland looks like through their eyes

8 October 2015: Walk in the forests of Prespa with your phone aw a guide!

23 July 2015: United by pelicans

9 February 2015: "Karagiozis, the protector of Prespa!"

2 February 2015, World Wetlands Day: I'ts time for ratification of the Agreement on the transboundary Prespa Park

21 January 2015: Second Dalmatian pelican falls victim to illegal hunting in the Evros Delta

15 April 2014: The Society for the Protection of Prespa is the “Best of the Best” once again!

21 March 2014: The re-introduction of animal husbandry as a conservation measure for the Grecian juniper woods of Prespa

31 January 2014: Prespa Park: at the crossroads of sustainability

3 July 2013: The very first nationwide Pelican Census in Greece!

3 April 2013: Striving to enhance the natural values of the Prespa region, for biodiversity and people, through joint actions across borders

1 February 2013: Prespa Park 2000-2013: time to take new initiatives

10 December 2012: Manual for the protection of fish and fisheries in Prespa

9 October 2012: The thrilling journey of migration!

9 August 2012: Only Greece is now delaying implementation of the International Prespa Park Agreement

The cooperation of the countries of SE Europe is imperative for the protection of the pelicans

8 May 2012: Transboundary Prespa puts fish and fisheries centre stage

3 February 2012: The Society for the Protection of Prespa is celebrating World Wetlands Day with events in Thessaloniki and across the borders in Prespa

23 January 2012: Environmental organisations denounce out-of-control illegal hunting in the Prespa National Park

6 October 2011: With a seal of approval from the European Union, the International Agreement for the Prespa Park is now in the hands of the three states that share the Prespa basin

15 April 2011: Learn all you need to know about keeping the treasures of the lakes safe from harm

2 February 2011: Ratification of International Agreement for the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Prespa Park still pending one year after

21 May 2010: Prespes: An ecosystem that still resists

2 February 2010: The three countries and the European Commission commit to cooperate for the protection and the sustainable development of the Prespa Basin

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Friday 15 December 2017, 19:25

Walk in the forests of Prespa with you phone as a guide! Print E-mail





Autumn: One of the best times to visit Prespa. Earthy colors, the smell of the first rains, autumn mushrooms, wild fruits and many more make up the landscape of an autumn walk in the juniper forests of Prespa. Guided by your mobile phone and the new Prespa Juniper application, tour the forests and discover their secrets.

Go to www.junex.gr, download the application on your mobile and discover four unique trails. Maps, information on the rare "Greek Juniper Forest" habitat type and its rich flora and fauna, as well as historical information on the cultural monuments that can be seen on the trails, are all included in the app.

The juniper forests of Prespa are a particularly special part of the European Union, as they are one of the largest such forests in the Balkans (approximately 2,000 ha) and they also include rare groves of ancient junipers such as that at Agios Georgios, Psaradhes.

The Prespa Juniper application was created as part of the LIFE + JunEx project which aims at the protection and promotion of this unique forest. The juniper forests are mainly at risk from the rapid development of other broadleaved tree species, such as oak, hornbeam and hop hornbeam, which restrict the growth of the slower-growing junipers. The project is attempting to restore the balance between these species with a series of measures such as clearing, selective logging of broadleaf trees, and in particular by reintroducing grazing in areas of these forests.

For more information:

Dimitra Paschalidou Communications Officer, Society for the Protection of Prespa 0030 23850-51211

Notes for editors:

The LIFE + Nature (2013-2017) project - JunEx: «Restoration and Conservation of Priority habitat type 9562 * Greek Juniper Forests (Juniperetum excelsae) in Prespa National Park" is being implemented by the SPP in co-operation with the Greek Biotope/Wetland Centre and is 75% co-funded by the LIFE financial instrument of the European Union. All project activities are carried out with the assistance and contribution of local authorities and bodies such as the Forestry Department of Florina, the Municipality of Prespa and the Management Body of Prespa National Park.




 

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