About us

Transcending everyday reality, it is time to realise that - apart from the financial - we are also experiencing an ecological crisis. The pollution of the environment, climate change and the degradation of nature are indisputable problems that call for awareness raising and treatment. The urgent need to protect the environment and conserve biodiversity has been scientifically proven and protection policies have been adopted by governments and international organizations which advance sustainable environmental management.

We are all responsible for the current situation. Within the global context, we have to become aware and decide on a "change of direction" based on courage, knowledge and strength. It's a fact that impersonal decisions are easy to make while local level decision-making depends on enlightened, insightful minds, courage, time and strength. Our organisation is a local initiative by ordinary people who have prioritized their ethical duty, environmental consciousness and love of culture over everyday reality. In this context, we hope to multiply our members and pursue our vision more effectively, making our voice stronger.

Pindos Perivallontiki is a non-profit organisation based in Ioannina. We are active in the wider area of Pindos for the study, management and protection of the natural and man-made environment. Founded in 1999, the organisation counts 197 supporting members and is part of the General Secretariat for Civil Protection (Registration Number 26/2008). It is also recorded in the registry of the Non-Governmental Environmental Organizations of Greece.

A sense of duty towards biodiversity conservation and the conscious fight against any activity that degrades nature and life quality underpin our practice. Pindos Perivallontiki acts locally aiming at the conservation and rational management of the vast natural wealth of the Pindos area. It also aspires to the area’s cultural development alongside the promotion of its residents’ life quality.

 

Our guiding principles

Pindos Perivallontiki operates on a voluntary basis. Five principles inform its operation and characterize the mentality of its supporters.
1. Legality. Every action is absolutely legal and every decision is made based on reason, moderation and the protection of nature and public interest in mind.
2. Independence. Pindos Perviallontiki is non-partisan, without political affiliations or a partisan tinge. All citizens are free to express themselves and to take initiatives towards the protection and sustainable management of the environment.
3. Self-funding. All financial resources originate exclusively from the financial support of citizens and donations.
4. Financial transparency. No part of the organisation nor the organisation itself makes or embezzles money. There is complete transparency and a detailed audit of the management of projects by the tax office. At the end of each year there is a revenue and expenses statement with zero profit.
5. Volunteering. “Sacrificing” time and money is the springboard for the majority of the organization’s pro-environmental actions. Pindos Perivallontiki is a citizen group open to anyone that wishes to support our initiative.

 

 

  1. Public intervention on issues of environmental protection.
  2. Participation in actions related to forest protection and fire fighting.
  3. Publication of guides, books, leaflets and audiovisual material for the environment and culture.
  4. Design and creation of materials for environmental education and cultural activities.
  5. Drawing-up studies to save, protect and promote the natural and man-made environment.
  6. Promotion of social entrepreneurship.

 

 

The people in the organisation

The board of the organisation consists of :

Yiannis Vrazitoulis: Chair
Vasilis Christou: Managing Director
Vasiliki Kati: Biologist. Assistant Professor on Biodiversity Conservation. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Management. Scientific Advisor.
Haritakis Papaioannou: MSc. Biologist - Icthyologist. Scientific Advisor.
Panayiotis Nakos: Theatre Expert - Director - Actor - Cultural Issues Advisor.
Tziovas Konstantinos: Organisation and management in the fields of social entrepreneurship, environment and culture.
Leontiou Stavroula: Environmentalist. MSc in Sustainable Management of Protected Areas.
Ergys Bejleri: Partner responsible for joint projects with Albania 

1999 - 2009: Supervision of forest protection and management activities in the area of Northern Pindos (Northern Pindos National Park). Provision of information to competent authorities. Maintaining a print record about the recommended interventions in the National Park and its protection.

1999 - 2011: Cooperation on environmental issues with the environmental organisations; WWF Hellas, Callisto, Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature, Hellenic Ornithological Society and Arcturos (joint events, projects, papers, publications).

1999 - 2011: Cooperation on forest protection and forestfighting issues with the General Secretariat for Civil Protection and the Regional Administration of the Fire Services of Epirus. (Patrolling programmes, participation in putting out forest fires, training of volunteers).

1999 - 2011: Continued action, publication of research papers and proposals on the protection of the natural environment in the Ioannina Prefecture. In cooperation with the Association for the Protection of Epirotic Nature, joint appeal to the European Court for the National Parks Vikos-Aoos and Pindos-Valia Calda.

1999 - 2011: Local community awareness raising on environmental problems of the area through publication of articles and press releases in the local media.

1999 - 2011: Traineeship including participation in the activities of Pindos Perivallontiki and assistance by organisation members on practical issues related to dissertations and research of environmental sciences students. 1999 - 2011: Press monitoring and maintaining a record with environmental issues appearing in the local press.

 

2000 - 2003: Planning and implementation of a fire-protection - fire-fighting programme in Northern Pindos with the cooperation of Pindos Perivallontiki - E.V.S. - Arcturos. Annual participation of 20 Greek volunteers and 15 volunteers from other EU countries.


2000 - 2006: Design and creation of environmental education exhibits, texts, leaflets and maps for the Environmental Education Center of Konitsa.


2000 - 2008: Carrying out studies for the protection and promotion of the natural environment and forest wealth, on behalf of the Ioannina Municipality Local Administration Association.

 

2001: Research, collection, text writing and photo taking for the information centres of Northern Pindos: Aspraggeloi, Vovousa, Metsovo, Milia and Mesovouni. Part of the Operational Programme “Environment”.

2001: Event on the topic “Chamois; on the verge of extinction” in Monodendri. Partnership among Pindos Perivallontiki, Monodendri Primary School and Municipality of Zagori.

 

2002: Publication of a guide on the Vikos-Aoos and Pindos-Valia Calda National Parks. Partnership of Pindos Perivallontiki with Prefectural Administration of Ioannina, 2001. Re-print in 2002-2003-2004-2005-2006. Translation in English, Italian and German. 50 pages.

2002: Programme, part of the Special Fund for the Implementation of Regulatory and Urban Plans. (Biodiversity of passerine birds in the Pindos National Park and operation of the Milia - Vovousa information kiosks). Pindos Pervallontiki - Ministry of Environment, Regional Planning and Public Works.

2002: Programme, part of the Special Fund for the Implementation of Regulatory and Urban Plans. (Informing and public awareness raising on the chamois species, rupricana rupricana). Pindos Pervallontiki - Ministry of Environment, Regional Planning and Public Works.

2002 - 2005: Environmental education school programmes. Operational Programme for Education and Initial Vocational Training. 3rd, 6th, 22nd primary schools of Ioannina, primary school of Monodendri, 1st technical vocational school of Ioannina.

 

2003: Publication of book titled Chamois: On the Verge of Survival by Haritakis Papaioannou. Joint project of Pindos Perivallontiki with the Ministry of Environment, Regional Planning and Public Works. 90 pages.

2003. Study (Basic elements for the articulation of a proposal for the borders and zoning of the Northern Pindos National Park used in the related Joint Ministerial Decision). 2 volumes, 300 pages.

2003 - 2005: Design and implementation of a programme on forest guarding and protection in Northern Pindos National Park. Carried out as part of the action “Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development” by the Ministry of Environment, Regional Planning and Public Works. Pindos Perivallontiki – Ministry of Environment, Regional Planning and Public Works.

 

2004: Training programme (Habitat and Natural Environment Protection). Partnership between Pindos Perivallontiki and “APEIROTAN” Vocational Training Centre.

2004: Environmental Education Programme (Green Classrooms). Environmental Education for highschool and technical vocational school students. Pindos Perivallontiki – Agrotouristiki.

2004: Represented as an NGO on the board of the Kalamas river, Aheron river and Pamvotis lake managing bodies.

2004 - 2005: Voluntary action with the participation of agents and local administration for the recording, protection and promotion of the chamois of Tymfi.

 

 

2005: Speleology day event in Zagori. Municipal district of Skamneli, Zagori. Partnership between Pindos Perivallontiki and the Municipality of Tymfi.

2005: Identifying sources of polluting activity near Arahthos river as well as management methods. Partnership between Pindos Perivallontiki and “Communication Research” Vocational Training Centre.

2005: Research, collection, text writing, fotographs for the website of Papigo village.

2005 - 2008: Summer traineeships for students, in cooperation with the University of Ioannina. (Agrinio Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Management).

 

2006: “The ecosystem of Kalamas river - Forest and water”. Environmental Education Centre of Konitsa.

2006: Event “World Environment Day”. Community Center of Ioannina - Pindos Perivallontiki - Ioannina association for the protection of the environment - Association for the Protection of Epirotic Nature.

2006: Training programme “Environmental management systems” Pindos Perivallontiki – “Plegma Educational” Vocational Training Centre.

2006: Scientific documentation, recording and digitalisation of the stone bridges of Epirus. Regional Operational Programme for Epirus 2000-2006. University of Ioannina. (Recording, photographing and digitalisation of 180 stone bridges 2006).

2006 - 2007: Leader + (2000-2006). Measure 1,4: Protection, promotion and development of the natural environment. “Environmental awareness raising and protection of the chamois and other rare fauna species (passerine birds and chiroptera) in Natura 2000 areas of the Ioannina Prefecture”. Pindos Perivallontiki - EPIRUS P.L.C.

2006: Norther Pindos National Park. Publication of the Municipal Authority of Ioannina, 2006. Re-print 2007. Translation in English, Italian and German.

2007: Research, collection, text writing, photographs for the website of the Municipality of Ano Kalamas.

2007: Action for fire protection of the Pindos forests with volunteer participation. Joint project: WWF Hellas – Callisto – Pindos Perivallontiki.

2007: Represented as an NGO on the board of the Northern Pindos National Park managing body.

2008: Fire protection action for the Pindos forests with the participation of volunteers. Joint project: WWF Hellas – Callisto – Pindos Perivallontiki.

2008: Konitsa - Mastorohoria: Ecotourism Guide. 290 pages. Publication of EPIRUS PLC – Municipal Administration of Ioannina. 

2008: Balkan Conference “Forest fires and volunteer participation” with the participation of 50 volunteers and volunteer organisations from Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania. Vovousa, October 2008. (National Secretariat for Youth – Pindos Environmental)

2008: Event in the Municipality of Pamvotis “Lake Protection and Local Government Development”. Pindos Perivallontiki - Apopsi Newspaper.

2008: Event “Organic farming in Parakalamos”. Pindos Perivallontiki – Municipality of Ano Kalamas.

2009: Fire protection action for the forests of Epirus with volunteer participation. Joint project: WWF Hellas – Callisto – Pindos Perivallontiki

2009 - 2010: Cooperation of Pindos Perivallontiki with the Latsis Foundation and WWF Hellas in the three-year project “It Is Our Duty” in the field of forest fire prevention and suppression.

2009 - 2010: Organising a fire-fighting volunteer group in cooperation with WWF Hellas and provision of fire-fighting equipment by the Latsis Foundation through the project “It Is Our Duty” (Provision of a 4x4 vehicle, fire-fighting material, personal protective equipment)

2009: Represented as an NGO on the board of the Northern Pindos National Park managing body.

 2010: Fire protection action for the forests of Northern Pindos with volunteer participation. Joint project: WWF Hellas – Pindos Perivallontiki.

 2011: Fire protection action for the forests of Northern Pindos with volunteer participation. Joint project: WWF Hellas – Pindos Perivallontiki.

2011 - 2012: Participation in the operational programme: “Human resources development. Priority axe 7: Facilitation of access to employment. Creation of employment on a local level via public utility programmes in the Prefecture of Epirus”.

 2012: Participation in the European Pogramme: Interreg Creece -Albαnia -IPA Cross Border program 2007-2013. (VAEcoM. The Vjosa / Aoos river eco-museum promotion and protection of the natural and cultural heritage of the Vjosa / Aoos river basin). Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos -Pindos Perivallontiki - Institute for Nature Conservation in Albania -The Forest Service Directorate in Permet. 

 

Every year, during summertime, Pindos Perivallontiki in cooperation with other organisations, carries out programmes on environmental and cultural volunteering aiming to raise public awareness especially among young people. 

It also organises actions for forest protection and firefighting, wild nature protection and cultural heritage promotion.

Voluntary forest protection programmes usually last for two months. The work of volunteers involves patrolling selected areas in the National Park and staffing the fire observatories in order to  observe and timely notify in case of fire.

Volunteers are also engaged in the conservation and marking of existing and older trails as well as the cleaning of cultural monuments.

Voluntary programmes always take place in cooperation with Local Administration, the General Secretariat for Civil Protection and the Regional Administration of the Fire Services of Epirus.

Voluntary Activities carried out by Pindos Perivallontiki:

 

2002 - 2003. Organisation and implementation of the summer programme: Forest protection – firefighting in Northern Pindos. Annual participation of 15 Greek and 15 volunteers from other EU countries. (Pindos Perivallontiki – E.V.S. – Arcturos)

2003 - 2005: As part of the project “Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development” by the Ministry of Environment, Regional Planning and Public Works, we planned and implemented the programme: Guarding and protection of the forests of the Northern Pindos National Park. (Pindos Perivallontiki - Ministry of Environment, Regional Planning and Public Works)

2004 - 2005: Voluntary action with the participation of the local administration for the protection, recording and promotion of the chamois of Tymfi.

2005: Fire protection action for the forests of Pindos with the participation of 20 volunteers. (Callisto – Pindos Perivallontiki)

2006: Fire protection action for the forests of Pindos with the participation of 15 volunteers. (Pindos Perivallontiki)

2007: Fire protection action for the forests of Pindos with the participation of 40 volunteers. Joint project: WWF Hellas - Callisto - Pindos Perivallontiki.

2008: Fire protection action for the forests of Pindos with the participation of 40 volunteers. Joint project: WWF Hellas - Callisto - Pindos Perivallontiki.

2008: Balkan Conference “Forest fires and volunteer participation” with the participation of 50 volunteers and volunteer organisations from Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania. Vovousa October 2008. (National Secretariat for Youth – Pindos Perivallontiki)

2007-2010: Organising a fire-fighting volunteer group in cooperation with WWF Hellas and provision of fire-fighting equipment by the Latsis Foundation through the project “It Is Our Duty” (Provision of a 4x4 vehicle, fire-fighting material, personal protective equipment)

2009: Fire protection action for the forests of Pindos with the participation of 40 volunteers. Joint project: WWF Hellas - Callisto – Pindos Perivallontiki.

2010: Fire protection action for the forests of Pindos with the participation of 30 volunteers. Joint project: WWF Hellas - Pindos Perivallontiki.

2011: Fire protection action for the forests of Pindos with the participation of 30 volunteers. Joint project: WWF Hellas - Pindos Perivallontiki.