To arrest the environmental degradation and economic decline of the rural area concerned, by preparing an integrated plan of social and economic development for the area, based on principles of sustainable management and conservation of the area’s natural resources. Also, to refine this plan, so as to develop a model of more general Mediterranean applicability, given that the study area is typical of the eastern Mediterranean basin.
3 years, 1999-2002.
38 professionals of various specialties offered their services to the project.
Two: Environmental Group of Sitia, Crete and Stavroupoli Municipality, Thrace.
European Commission: D.G. Environment, A.G. Leventis Foundation, Committee of Riverside Communities of Ezousa, Xeros Potamos and Diarizos.
No. of villages and population:
Seven villages with a total population of 1177 residents (1999).
Project plan area:
No. of buildings photographed and recorded:
1586 (of which 1200 are traditional).
No. of households:
Habitats types studied in situ:
Eight different types (form riverine to cultivated land) leading to the identification of 61 sites of special ecological interest.
Highest no. of bird species recorded:
34 in almond groves (indicating the importance of cultivated land as a habitat).
No. of meetings held with local people, expatriates and Riverine Committee
21 meetings-presentations at the villages including special meetings with women, young people, children, and expatriates throughout the Project.
At least 26 meetings in Paphos with the Committee for the Development of Riverside Communities.
1 meeting with the Expatriates of Kelokedara in Limassol.
Seminar for contractors and carpenters on conservation methods of traditional buildings, with 50 attendees (June 2000).
Seminar for the presentation of the Project findings, in collaboration with the Environmental Group of Sitia, to representatives of government departments and local authorities, over 60 attendees, Amargeti (November 2001).
Mediterranean workshop with representatives from Sitia (Crete) and Stavroupoli (Thrace) to formulate a common model for the development of rural mountainous areas, 17 attendees, Kritou Terra (November 2001).
Proposals, studies, and publications
5 statistical surveys, 12 sector studies, 3 multi-page texts that make up the Final Report (English-Greek); over 130 maps, 10 proposals with plans for site improvements, 3 proposals for exhibition spaces, coloured brochure in two languages, 1 website, and 1 CD ROM.
Budget cost for implementation of proposals:
Between CYP3.5 – 5 m. over the next ten years (excluding basic state infrastructure works, such as road improvements).