The Region of Crete (PP7) organized the 3rd & 4th Joint Task Force meeting on Wednesday 18th September in the City Hall of Sitia.
The main objective of the 3rd meeting was the establishment of the Joint Task Force (JTF) and of its organizational structure and management scheme. The structure which was agreed upon and confirmed is composed by:
- the President, who is a representative of the “Management Body of Protected Areas of Central and Eastern Crete”
- the secretary, who is a representative of the UNESCO Sitia Geopark; and
- the Advisory Board, which is composed of 10 members with high interest in participating in the implementation of the Action Plan.
During the 4th meeting a series of good practices for the pilot area were presented and discussed:
- Filling up existing pools with water during dry months for the benefit of the Cretan frog, Eleonora’s falcon and other migrant birds. This practice will improve their habitat’s conditions, by conserving the water supply for a longer period of time during the long and dry Mediterranean summer
- Environmental education in local schools, concerning biodiversity and species of interest for the IMPRECO simplified monitoring, ecosystems and ecosystem services in the pilot area was highlighted as another good practice.
- Placement of awareness signs close to sand dunes, is considered as a good awareness-raising practice to indicate the role of sand dunes against coastal erosion and to prevent car parking and passing-by along their surface.
- Keeping the washed ashore dead leaves of sea grass (Posidonia oceanic) on the coasts. These dead leaves are wrongfully considered as a sign of coastal pollution and are mechanically removed, in order to “clean up” beaches. In fact they are a sign of good ecological quality of the sea. They accumulate on the coast and get mixed with the sand, contributing to the stabilization of the coast and to the formation of sand dunes.
- Creation of a new map for sites of Ornithological interest and places to visit for Bird watching in collaboration with Sitia Geopark
Before the end of the 4th meeting and based on the aforementioned good practices, the participants agreed on the validation of the pilot actions to be implemented.