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Title of the project

An exemplary inititative in Greece concerning wetlands


Monitoring of migratory birds in wetlands

The monitoring – patrolling of the area aims to eliminate the human activities that have negative effects to the protected area.
Such activities are: illegal killing, illegal logging, illegal fishery, disturbance of places for breeding of birds, uncontrolled garbage disposal, pollution, etc.

The personnel of the Management Authority patrols the mountainous area of the National Park and the lake especially in spring when it is the period of breeding. This is an annual action intensified during the period of hunting prohibition (winter) and during the period of fishing prohibition (spring).

Also, there is a cooperation with the local authorities and the Forestry Service of Sidirokastro, with the police stations of Poroia, Irakleia and Sidirokastro and with the Hellenic Hunters Confederation.

Examples of hunters’ contribution to the area’s management is the ringing of Pelecanus crispus individuals and the successful wild life keeping by the local Private Game Keepers employed by the Greek Hunters’ Organizations.


Country Greece
Level Regional
Region Northern Greece - Macedonia - Kerkini wetland

Starting date


Habitat Types


Protection status of the areas

Natura 2000, Ramsar, National protected area,


Species Caracteristics Migratory species
Species Type Birds

Conservation action(s)

Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data), Enforcement (e.g. of hunting legislation, codes of conduct)


Leading partners Hunters' Federation of Macedonian
Other partners Lake Kerkini Management Authority (http://kerkini.gr/eng/)


NATURA 2000: An opportunity for Biodiversity and Hunting in EuropeFederation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the EUconservation@face-europe.org2006