WWF takes legal action against anyone responsible for the oil spill polluting the coasts and sea of Athens.

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If you are visiting Greece’s wonderful nature this year, or you operate a business in a tourism destination, please consider the following tips and enjoy an environmentally conscious holiday. Share with your friends and spread the word!

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Pioneering project aiming to achieve clean energy autonomy for remote islands wins two EU awards

The innovative project TILOS has brought home two awards for Greece and the remote Aegean island of Tilos. TILOS, conceived by a team of engineers working at the Soft Energy Applications & Environmental Protection Laboratory of the Piraeus University of Applied Sciences (PUAS), has been awarded the first prizes at the prestigious EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) contest in both the Energy Islands and the Citizens' Awards categories. The Energy Islands Award was announced by an expert committee, while the Citizens Award was a result of an online public vote among 12 final nominees. Participation of voting EU citizens in this year’s competition was unprecedented: participation was almost twice as that during last year’s competition. TILOS received half of the public’s votes.
The awards were presented by the EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete, during the EU Sustainable Energy Week, the most important sustainable energy policy conference.

The aim of the TILOS project, that begun in February 2015 and will be completed by early 2019, is to achieve maximum energy autonomy from clean energy sources for the Greek island of Tilos. The project is entering now its most critical phase, as the installation of a medium scale turbine and a medium scale PV park will be completed in the next coming days. The hybrid energy system is expected to go into trial operation at the end of the summer, when batteries for energy storage are also in place. 
The successful completion of the project will mark a new day for islandness around the world, as the proposed technical solutions address interconnection and energy supply security issues, promoting the energy autonomy of islands and minimizing their reliance on expensive and polluting diesel.


“We are very happy with the recognition received by the European Commission and European citizens. Working together with many partners and in close cooperation with the local community, we have a clear objective: to convert Tilos into an island running on renewable energy. More importantly, the TILOS project is showing us the future energy paradigm for the country. In these challenging times for Greece, this is an opportunity for the government to learn from the Tilos example, replicate and scale it up.” said Demetres Karavellas, CEO of WWF Greece.

Notes to editors:
• The Tilos project involves 13 partners from seven EU countries led by the Piraeus University of Applied Sciences Soft Energy Applications and Environmental Protection Laboratory (SEALAB). Greek participants include the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator S.A, the companies Eunice and Eurosol and the environmental NGO WWF Greece. With the support of the local community and the Municipality of Tilos the project aims at achieving maximum energy autonomy of this remote Dodecanese island, that till today relies on electricity provided through subsea cables from the diesel stations in Kos.
• This innovative hybrid energy system, currently at implementation stage, comprises of a medium scale wind turbine, a medium scale PV park and battery energy storage, with the capability also to provide guaranteed energy exports to the island of Kos.
• You can find more information on the project on the TILOS website.
• More information on the awards can be found here.
• TILOS project nomination trailer can be found here.

For more information:
Anthimos Chatzivasileiou, policy communications officer WWF Greece, tel. 210-3314893, cel. 6944989749



The streets of Zakynthos are filled with garbage, as local authority tries to bury municipal waste in landfill illegally operating within the sea turtle Caretta caretta national park and ignores the need for a new and safe sanitary waste disposal site. 


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Environmental NGOs urge the three littoral countries and the European Union to move quickly ahead with the operation of the transboundary Prespa Park

Last Tuesday, 14th February 2017, was a historic day for Greece’s policy record in the field of nature conservation and sustainable development. The parliament of the country ratified the international ‘Agreement for the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Prespa Park Area’ by an overwhelming majority. The agreement was originally signed on 2nd February 2010 by the Ministers of Environment of the 3 littoral countries and the EU Commissioner for the Environment, but Greece did not ratify it for the 7 years that ensued. Nonetheless, it has now done so and the agreement is free to enter into force and be implemented.


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The Greek Public Power Corporation knows perfectly well that its two new lignite units under development, won’t be economically viable unless they are allowed to emit CO2 without paying. That’s why GPPC is claiming in every possible forum that Greece should get a pertinent exemption from the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) rules*. In its effort to conceal the real reason behind its desperate plea, which is the perpetual continuation of the lignite-based electricity model as recently described by Guardian, GPPC is employing a series of arguments, which couldn’t be further from the truth. It comes a moment though that all myths get busted. 


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Seven years of crisis and austerity in Europe are placing great strain on the European project. In Europe’s nature, life goes on: Greece hosts a unique ecological treasury, which is threatened by increasing pressures for rapid but unsustainable growth and environmental deregulation. Greece’s debt can hardly be deemed sustainable and is crippling for the prospects of the country’s economy, environment and social well-being. This condition also prolongs the economic uncertainty of the entire euro-area. Debt relief seems inevitable. A green debt relief agreement, under the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, can offer a long lasting solution to this European crisis.


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It is with deep sadness but also valuable memories, that we bid farewell to Luc Hoffmann, ‘father’ of WWF Greece and co-founder of WWF International.

His love for life on Earth brought Luc to the field of ecology many years ago, with numerous publications as an internationally acknowledged zoologist-ornithologist and a legendary track record of conservation efforts throughout the world. His endless love and concern about the future of the planet is also reflected in the number of organisations and protected areas that are very much his own creations – the international Ramsar Convention for the conservation of wetlands, the Tour du Valat wetlands research centre, the MAVA Foundation that has supported conservation efforts throughout the world, Doñana in Spain, Banc d’ Arguin in Mauritania and of course Prespa, of which he is an honorary citizen since 2003.

A great friend of our country, Luc fell in love with Greek nature from the 1950’s. He tirelessly studied the wetlands of Greece and founded many organisations such as WWF Greece, and the Society for the Protection of Prespa where he was President for many years. In 1999, Luc Hoffmann was also awarded the honour of the Order of the Phoenix by the President of the Hellenic Republic.

Luc Hoffmann will always be with us, through our thriving nature that he so loved and fought for but also though his writings such as the one below, that overflow with love for the beauties of our planet:

‘Greece is the country of diversity….Zeus must have hit this area with his hammer, splashing thousand islands in the sea and tearing the mainland into pieces so that the country’s coastline became as long as the one of the whole continent of Africa. This physical multiplicity is increased by a wide gradient of climates, ranging from almost subtropical to truly alpine conditions, as well as by a variety of mountains, hills, and plains, many of which scattered with wetlands. No wonder these conditions have produced an exceptionally rich living nature, in fact the highest biodiversity known in Europe. They are also at the origin of beautiful and deeply moving natural and man-made landscapes. Altogether, these form the natural heritage of Greece.’



There is an alternative route for the economy of Western Macedonia, which for decades is being severely undermined to supply electricity to the entire country. This is what two new reports, that WWF Greece made public today, show.


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Joint statement of environmental NGOs on the refugee crisis in Greece.

The undersigned environmental organisations care for the commons. In our work for the protection of the environment, humanity always features at the centre. In the midst of the humanitarian crisis happening now in Greece, we cannot be passive observers of the dramatic situation of tens of thousands of uprooted women, men and children who are stranded and desperate all around our country.


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