Council of Europe urges Greece to stop plans to destroy Southern Kyparissia Bay

Coastal & MarinE-News

Source: Medasset

The Standing Committee of the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats adopted a Recommendation at its annual meeting last week, urging Greece to prevent habitat deterioration and ensure improved protection of Southern Kyparissia Bay. Indicative of the strong European reaction is the call for a permanent construction ban in the area.

The Council of Europe’s Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, is aware of the severe pressures on the habitat due to construction interests since 2010. In July 2014, the Convention visited the area for an on-the-spot appraisal to assess the habitat and document conservation problems. As a result, at its annual meeting last week in Strasbourg, the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention unanimously adopted a Recommendation which is in direct conflict with a draft Presidential Decree (PD) that Greek authorities are currently promoting.

Specifically, the draft…

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