Project area Amvrakikos
Amvrakikos Gulf is semi-closed
sea in the north-west part of Greece. It is watered by plenty
of fresh waters and sediments, thanks to the rivers Arachthos,
Louros, Vovos and Krikeliotis. It has a warm climate, shallow
waters, many lagoons of a small depth and marshlands. All
these favour the development of local flora and fauna, making
the gulf one the most important wetlands of Europe. ARCHELON's
activity the past years has confirmed a significant presence
of turtles in the area, especially near the estuaries of
the rivers in the north-east part of the Gulf, although there
has not been a record of a nesting site within the Gulf.
of the region
The ecosystem of the Amvrakikos
gulf is one of the 11 wetland regions of our country that
have been characterized "of international importance" and
are protected by the international treaty RAMSAR.
the rarity of the morphology of the area, and also due to
the presence of rare and endangered species, the wetlands
have been included in the NATURA 2000 Network, the Barcelona
convention (a convention on the protection of the Mediterranean
Sea from pollution) and is protected by virtue of the Berne
convention (regarding the conservation of European wildlife
and natural habitats) and the Bonne convention.
The need to protect and preserve
the area's unique ecosystem, has led to the establishment
of the National Park and the Amvrakikos Management Body,
in 2008, that specifies usages, conditions and restrictions
for the terrestrial, aquatic and sea regions of the Amvrakikos
The work of ARCHELON
ARCHELON has been monitoring
the area for the past decade in order to research the turtle
presence by spotting, tagging and satellite tracking the
Last year's positive data
has led us to establish a full season project in the area
for the first time, in order to gather more information on
the population's activity. The field work consists of turtle
monitoring and raising public awareness in the local community.
Volunteers will have a closed contact with the turtles as
they will be trained to spot and capture them in order to
gather all the data needed.