© Andrea Bonetti / WWF Ελλάς

Protected areas are the bastions of ecosystem and biodiversity conservation. We need these areas to be effectively managed so they can truly protect our natural wealth and benefit local communities.

The loss or damage of natural environments is among the biggest threats to wildlife. We view protected areas as an essential part of the global response to nature loss and environmental and climate crises, therefore we implement both field and policy actions.

At the National Marine Park of Zakynthos, at the Dadia-Lefkimi-Soufli Forest National Park, and in the protected marine area of Gyaros, we partner with public agencies and local organizations, informing the local community and collecting data to effectively protect the endangered species that have a home there. In the forest of Dadia, among other things, we secure food for the vultures facing extinction and maintain an anti-poison dog unit to detect and remove poisoned baits before they can negatively impact local wildlife.

Theory of change

  • We apply pressure and advocate for the protection of the most important species and ecosystems, while trying to incorporate the actions for their protection into government policies and proposed development models.
  • We identify the most significant gaps and problems hindering the creation of an effective policy framework for nature in Greece, focusing on the national system of protected areas, the implementation of the laws related to the protection of species, the participation of involved agencies, and raising public awareness.


There are protection measures in place for just 3% of Greek marine protected areas.

In Greece, 20% of seas and 28% of land are part of the Natura 2000 European Network.

It is estimated that the benefits from the Natura 2000 region may be in the range of 200-300 billion euros a year.

Ιn Sekania, Zakynthos, we care for this unique beach so that it can forever remain a hospitable nursery for Caretta caretta turtles; and we are present day and night at Gyaros, which is home to 12% of the global population of the endangered Mediterranean Monk seal. WWF Greece also participates in the Management Agencies of the National Parks of Mount Parnitha, Zakynthos, Dadia-Lefkimi-Soufli, and Prespes Lakes, contributing to the sound management of these areas.

We closely monitor legislative developments and we play an active role in public debates and consultations regarding legislative initiatives put forward by the competent ministries. In partnership with other NGOs, we implement targeted political interventions, submitting proposals guided by science-based facts, and we propose solutions, ultimately aiming at implementing effective protective measures for species and habitats within the protected areas.