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Thassos, the northern-most large island in the Aegean Sea, was extensively cultivated in antique times. The first settlers with a high level of agriculture were probably the Phoenicians: according to folk tradition they introduced the troumbes variety of olives and they may have been the first farmers to cultivate the land on terraced plots. ...weiterlesen "Agro-biodiversity on Thassos, northern Aegean Sea"

When the island that we now call Thassos was discovered in ancient times by the earliest settlers, it was covered by abundant mixed broadleaf and pine forests. In the lowlands near the seashore, extensive wetlands teeming with eels and birds reached inland into wild gorges with rushing water all the year round. A grand natural landscape that was highly praised by Herodot and other classical writers.

Compared with today, Thassos still maintains much of this unique natural beauty and has preserved a wealth of diverse habitats, fauna and flora. And with the new developments in tourism on Thassos, these natural assets are getting in the focus of economic interest, because they sustain a stable and crisis-resistant kind of tourism: eco- and agrotourism are the new actual highlights in the island’s economic development.

But how can this kind of economic potential survive, if the very assets upon which the economic resources of nature-related tourism are based are not being effectively preserved? Of course, and it is clear without many words: it cannot be sustained and the tourism potential will vanish for ever! Therefore it is in the hands of both the communal authorities and private landowners to take adequate and immediate steps in order to preserve this money-generating natural potential. And to do so in a very serious and professional way! Without much further delay! It is an obligation of this generation, NOW! ...weiterlesen "Nature conservation on Thassos"





local communities

in their conservation efforts.

ECOCULTURE was founded by Thomas Schultze-Westrum as an inter-commission task force of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 1981. This movement originated from an earlier working group, Conservation and Traditional Life Styles, set up by the same initiator in the IUCN Commission on Ecology.

The following introduction is quoted from the ECOCULTURE leaflet (designed by Keith Pointing; text by Clare Richards and Thomas Schultze-Westrum). ...weiterlesen "ECOCULTURE: Conservation and Traditional Lifestyles"