The WWF is run at a local level by the following offices...
- WWF Global
- Central African Republic
- Central America
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- European Policy Office
The sea is our history, our survival, and our summers. It is the home we share with unique species, such as the Caretta caretta turtle, which has been a Mediterranean denizen since before antiquity, and has found the ideal nesting ground in our country, and the impressive sperm whales, which swim in underwater canyons that reach depths of 5,100 meters. Beaches and tourist destinations for every taste, underwater vistas, sailing trips, and Greek fishermen who have kept our tradition alive for centuries. This is just a sample of the rich mosaic that makes up the Greek seas.
At the same time Greek seas are crowded… The number of human activities are seriously threatening the health of the sea and the local communities directly connected to it. Climate change on top of that worsens the picture. According to the available data, over 80% of fish populations in the Mediterranean have been overfished. In other words, their population cannot reproduce and maintain a viable size, while favored by climate change and warming waters, alien species have started to expand, shifting the balance. Our sea is becoming an overheated desert, while plastic pollution has the potential to turn the Mediterranean into an enormous 'plastic trap', and on top of that, the Greek government's plans to extract hydrocarbons lie ahead of us.
Sperm whales are the animal with the largest brain ever recorded.
Greek coasts account for approximately 30% of the Mediterranean coastline.
In Greece, approximately 14,000 fishermen – over 95% of whom are small-scale fishermen – make a living from the sea.