Evros Delta Visitor Centre

Region

Europe

Country

Greece

Flyway

East Atlantic flyway

Initiative

WLI Europe

About

Evros Delta Management Authority

Funding support: Ministry of Environment, European Projects, Co – operation with NGOs and Institutes

Number of staff: 10

Number of visitors per year: 5,000 – 8,000

Numbers of visitors per year: 5000 – 8000 per.

Location of the site: The site is located on the north eastern border of Greece with Turkey.

Overall aims of the centre

Management and protection of Evros Delta

Description of the centre

Characteristic biotopes that are supported are: Riverine vegetation, Tamarisks, Wet meadows with Juncus,Submerged vegetation of salt or brackish waters, Lagoon and fresh water vegetation, Halophytic vegetation, Vegetation of sandy islets

Size of site:

Evros Delta has a size of 20000 Hectares, of which 9500 are protected.

Species that are supported are:

Birds (320 species): wintering birds (ducks, geese, raptors, waders, etc.), migrating birds (waders, passerines, etc.), breeding birds (water birds, waders, gulls, etc.)
Mammals (40 species), fish (46 species), reptiles (21 species), amphibians (7 species).

Activities run:

Monitoring of birds and water quality
Bird ringing
Wardening of the wetland
Educational projects
Open public days – celebrations
Ecotourism
Public awareness

Exhibits:

The Evros Delta Visitor Centre has an exhibition room with photos and information about the wetland.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work areas

Educational projects for local schools (projects run yearly)

One – day educational projects

Open public days – celebrations (World wetlands Day, Eurobirdwatch, etc.)

Workshops and meetings with stakeholders

Internet site

Printed material (leaflets, booklets, posters)

Top three successes

Monitoring of birds (has worked well because a significant data base is created)

Educational activities for local schools (good respond and participation)

Ecotourism (good respond and participation)

Expertise

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures

Participation

Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials

General

Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Health and safety

Contact

Eleni Makrigianni

Evros Delta Visitor Centre,

68100 Traianoupolis,

Evros,

Greece

e.makrigianni@evros-delta.gr

tel., fax: +30 25510 61000

www.evros-delta.gr