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Biodiversity & natural resources

Dramatic decline of Greek mountain tea

Scientists from the National Agricultural Research Foundation ring the alarm of natural herb depletion, apparently as a result of the economic crisis. During the last two years illegal harvesting of mountain tea (Sideritis raiseri and Sideritis clandestina) and oregano (Thymus spp.) has skyrocketed....
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Austerity undermines wildfire combating & forestry in Spain too…

Having affected important protected areas, including many national parks, this summer’s wildfires that scorched almost 150,000 hectares, revealed the difficulties that the Spanish Fire Brigade is facing due to the serious budget cuts.  Important woodland areas, including parts of the national parks of Garajonay in Canary Islands and Cabañeros National Park in Central Spain, were lost to the flames. ...
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Forests

Greece: In a last-minute amendment submitted in Parliament in the context of a draft law on the acceleration of the procedures of justice administration, the penalty for illegal logging was reduced from felony to misdemeanour status. The financial penalty remained low. In combination with the inability of the...
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Greece

Greece: A 5 combo tourist resort of 216 beds, located in a protected zone of the Natura 2000 site of the cycladic Milos Island (SCI), is proceeding at super-fast speed with the necessary environmental approval procedures, despite its incompatibility with the sectoral spatial plan for tourism.  The construction site hosts the most significant habitat for the local endemic and 92/43/EEC priority reptilian species Macrovipera schweizeri (previousl...
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