Creation of a Geopark and Geodesy in Kefalonia & Ithaca

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The updating of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Region of Ionian Islands (P.E. of Kefalonia & Ithaca), the Municipalities of Argostoli, Lixouri, Sami, Ithaca and the Management Body of Ainos National Park for the creation of a Geopark in Kefalonia in Kefalonia & Ithaca The European and International Network of Geoparks of UNESCO, unanimously decided the Regional Council of Ionian Islands during its ongoing meeting, which took place today, Friday 22 May 2020, via video conference.

The Management Agency of the National Park of Ainos, having extensive experience in the promotion and utilization of the Natural Environment, will be responsible for the project, which every four years will be evaluated by a special UNESCO committee and the necessary actions will be planned to continue its sustainable operation. , which will be supported by the Region of Ionian Islands (PE of Kefallinia & Ithaca), and the Municipalities of Argostoli, Lixouri, Sami and Ithaca.

I believe that the new law on the Environment will facilitate the implementation of the goal, given that there will be a central plan that will give added strength to actions such as this one for joining the Geoparks Network and I am optimistic about the progress that will be made. has, ” said Ionian Islands Regional Governor Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou .

Introducing the issue, the Deputy Regional Minister for Rural Economy & Rural Development, Sotiris Kouris, stated that “the update is due on the one hand as far as the parties are concerned due to the division of the Municipality of Kefalonia in the Municipalities of Argostoli. ” and the consent of the respective Municipality and the management and protection of these areas will be the exclusive responsibility of the Municipalities to which they belong. The inclusion of an area in a Geotope by itself does not change or change the current property status “after taking a relevant decision of the Municipality of Sami”.

It is recalled that the Memorandum concerns the implementation of the Act “Registration and Presentation of Geotopes & Geodetic Routes of the Geopark of Kefalonia – Ithaca with the aim of joining the UNESCO Geoparks”, with code OPS 50079 of the Ionian Islands, which was included in the Operation 2014-2020 ”, with the implementing body (beneficiary) the National Forest Management Agency of Ainos.




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