the first year, the project team focused on the preparatory actions.
scientific component of the project was mobilized, with the drafting of the
Monitoring Plan, the experimental design and starting the implementation of the
field visits, to establish the baseline for the biodiversity and climatic
conditions at the project area. Field visits took place for invertebrates,
reptiles, mammals, pollinators, and plants, while seeds from local varieties
have been collected and have been multiplied, and soil profiles’ analysis were
also conducted. Furthermore, the terraced landscape of Andros island was
series of meteorological station were installed for the measurement of basic
meteorological parameters, as well as the microclimate conditions of the
terraced landscape. Specifically, one automatic weather station with remote-access
was installed, with the data being available online
(http://www.meteo.noa.gr/WeatherOnLine/s_Andros1/meteo_tableGR.html), as well
as 7 meteorological stations and 8 small autonomous stations that measure only
temperature and humidity.
open call for interested stakeholders and land owners, willing to provide their
land to the Land Stewardship Organization was published, describing also the
selection criteria for the fields that will be included in the project. In
order to establish the Land Stewardship Organization, the application
submission progress for the approval of a Social Cooperative Enterprise, by the
relevant state body, was initiated.
series of workshop and meeting have been organized including (a) the Land
Stewardship workshop and its final conclusions were incorporated in the Land
Stewardship Organization Plan and the legal documents for its establishment,
(b) three meetings with key stakeholders groups, such as field owners, farmers
and permanent residents, at Kochylou, Vourkoti and Arni villages, (c) open
meetings with farmers and landowners interested in providing their land to the
Land Stewardship Organization.
the second year, the project team continued the preparatory actions and
initiated some of the implementation actions of the project.
field work at Andros Island, focusing on organic matter content, decomposition
rates, erosion, fire risk and biodiversity (birds, pollinators and plants), was
carried out. While the fieldwork for fauna continued. Τhe taxonomy of the
insects and plants collected in spring 2018 was concluded.
beekeeping infrastructures (bee hives, bee houses, bee gardens) in abandoned
state on the island were recorded and evaluated in order to set priorities for
their future restoration/maintenance. A survey related with this topic was
carried out. Mapping and architectural representation of the islands’ bee
houses was also carried out.
Social Cooperative Enterprise was successfully established and its headquarters
will be at the Cultural Centre of Aprovatou village. The Collaboration
Agreement between the Social Cooperative Enterprise, the Green Fund and the
Municipality of Andros is being developed. The Social Cooperative Enterprise
website is online and operational.
field trip to Catalonia was held for the gaining of experience on Land
Stewardship. In its frame exchange of valuable knowhow, knowledge and
experience regarding different cases of Land Stewardship Organizations took
fields for cultivation by the project were visited, an assessment on suitable
crops took place and soil samples were collected for analysis. As a result, an
update of the project fields was concluded.
the headquarters of HAO-DEMETER experimental cultivation of crops of Andros
local landraces was carried out and seed material was produced for the
cultivation of the project’s fields.
cultivation of the project’s fields started and a total of 18ha were cultivated
and more than 1,700m of wire fencing was put in place to protect them from
of current climate data (covering the period 1970-2005) and future climate
change projections (up to 2100) were completed. Climate simulations cover the
Aegean Islands (coarse resolution) and Andros Island (fine resolution through
downscaling), evaluating the historical and future climate findings. In
summary, current climate and future projections for the Aegean islands and
Andros Island in particular were analysed in detail, using observational
records from meteorological stations and climate simulations from a climate
model. Future simulations implemented two IPCC emissions scenarios: the weak
climate change mitigation scenario (RCP4.5) and the non-mitigation business as
usual scenario with high emissions (RCP8.5). The Project Coordinator
participated in the 16th Congress of the "International Scientific Society
for Drystone interdisciplinary study" and in the IV ITLA World Congress -
Terraced Landscapes (Canary Islands), entitled “RE-ENCHANTING TERRACES”.
the third year, the project team continued the preparatory actions and the
actions for the implementation of the project.
field work continued and the laboratory analysis of the collected samples
began. The terraces of Andros and Syros Islands have been mapped.
first Greek Land Surveillance Organization was created entitled "Farmers
of the Aegean", after the signing of the Collaboration Agreement between
the Social Cooperative Enterprise, the Green Fund and the Municipality of Andros
"Farmers of the Aegean". The website of the Organization and its
helpdesk are: http://landstewardship.gr. The first contracts were signed
between the Organization and the landowners.
the headquarters of ELGO-DIMITRA, about 4 tons of sowing material were produced
for the cultivation of the project’s fields on Andros, while the purchase of
basic necessary equipment was carried out by the Green Fund.
cultivation of the project fields continued and a total of 43 ha was
cultivated, while 4,500 meters of fencing were placed to protect them from
total of 13 meteorological stations have been installed and collect data for
the assessment of the microclimate at the terraces and the data are evaluated
the fourth year, the project team continued the actions for the implementation
of the project.
cultivation of the project fields continued and a total of 100 ha was
cultivated main with barley.
material of indigenous oregano on Andros Island was collected, propagated and developed
at HAO-DEMETER premises.The propagated plants were used for the cultivation of
terraces with oregano originating from the island.
LSO/KOINSEP “Aegean Farmers” proceeded with the first transaction, by selling
this year’s yield to the Agricultural Collaboration of Korthi (Andros).
the assessment of the microclimate at the terraces, collection, evaluation and
analysis of the meteorological stations data continued.
first project’s webinar for the farmer and the local society was organized aiming
at a better management of the agricultural products of terraces
the frame of the environmental education material development, the interactive
electronic game "I construct terraces" was created. The game is aimed
at elementary and high school children.
Department of Geography of the University of the Aegean announced a Panhellenic
Student Painting Competition on "Cultivation terraces in Greece: then,
now, forever". The competition was attended by 125 students from primary
and high schools throughout the country.
plan of development of tourist routes was prepared aiming to the touristic
development of the terraced landscapes of Andros and the support and emergence
of the cultural heritage. An excursion was organized on the new hiking route T1
the fifth year, the project team completed the actions for the implementation
of the project.
interventions were carried out in the plots contracted to the LSO/ KOIN.S.EP. “Aegean
Farmers”. The interventions included drystone repairs and restoration of
traditional structures, such as threshing floors, as well as a winepress.
cultivation of the project fields continued and a total of 115 ha was
cultivated main with barley. All the fields were fenced where needed with high
the frame of the second phase of the project, the LSO/KOINSEP “Aegean farmers”
allocated barley and oat seeds produced during the last cultivation period, to farmers
through second phase private agreements.
LSO/KOINSEP “Aegean Farmers” proceeded with a new transaction, by selling part
of this year’s yield to local products shops in Andros as well as to the
Agricultural Collaboration of Korthi (Andros).
A new fully
automated meteorological station has been installed in Andros. For the
assessment of the microclimate at the terraces, collection, evaluation and
analysis of the meteorological stations data continued.
successful Drystone Wall School were organized in Andros on the terrace
cultivation actions. More than 40 participants were trained in the construction
and repair of drystone walls and went into greater depth on the importance of
documentary “Xerolithia” (drystone) was delivered, thereafter submitted to the
competition section of several film festivals.
informative meeting on Land Stewardship took place in Andros for farmers and representatives
of the local community.
project’s final conference took place at the Zoology Museum of the National and
Kapodistrian University of Athens and the experience and results of the Project
were presented to the present authorities.