Talking about our place
A contemporary folktale based on local myths and legends and inspired by people who live locally forms the central axis of this guide which presents well- and less-known aspects of the cultural and natural heritage of the cross-border area covered by the Vjosa / Aoos River Ecomuseum. The guide seeks to help the visitor find their way around the area by means of four thematic routes which are accompanied by photographs, drawings and maps. Writers on both sides of the border worked on these thematic routes and their different sections. However, the main source of inspiration for the creation of the Ecomuseum remain the people of this place who provided their invaluable knowledge and insights and who have kept their tradition and their history through their creativity and their works.
Dodouras, S., Lyratzaki, I. and Papayannis, T.
Lake Karla Walking Guide (ΕΝ, ΕΛ)
This innovative walking guide has been created in collaboration with local and regional authorities, civil society, academia and other key stakeholders. It aims to record, celebrate and publicise knowledge of the area’s natural and cultural heritage, assist in the development of alternative types of tourism and, ultimately, promote sustainability. Along with studying the history of Lake Karla, a number of example ecosystems from around the world have been considered in the selection of characteristic walking routes. These trails, embracing the local flora and fauna, archaeology, history, religious sites, traditional activities, and cultural and aesthetic landscapes, have been carefully chosen and described to best reflect the area. In the long term, such a guide can –indirectly– contribute to developments that act in harmony with the culture and nature of the area, including opportunities for leisure and recreation, enhancement of the area's biodiversity, and the promotion of environmental education programmes designed to encourage visits from schools, social groups and other concerned individuals.
Thymio Papayannis and Peter Howard
reclaiming the Greek landscape
The book ‘reclaiming the Greek landscape’ is the final publication of the project ‘Conservation and management of Greek Landscapes’ based on the papers presented during the Nafplion Workshop, the conclusions of the meeting and the research results of the project itself. It addresses not only academics and specialists, but also the Greek government and other decision-makers and opinion-formers. It is hoped that this publication will fill a void in the understanding in Greece of the importance of the European Landscape Convention and of the urgent need for drastic measures towards protection of landscapes in Greece.
Thymio Papayannis and Dave Pritchard
Culture and wetlands in the Mediterranean: an evolving story
The book is the result of a four-year research project (2007-2011), which concerned mainly the implementation in the Mediterranean Region of the Ramsar Guidance on Culture and Wetlands. It was carried out by Med-INA, the Mediterranean Institute on Nature and Anthropos, with the financial support of the MAVA Foundation. This multi-author book follows a structure that echoes the Ramsar Guidance and investigates the benefits that can result from following its objectives, analysing various sectors of human activities and more than 20 wetland sites. In addition, it identifies areas in which the guidance provided needs to be strengthened or others that are not yet covered. Most of the 32 authors are wetland experts from many disciplines who have been sensitised to the integrated approach to heritage, both natural and cultural, and have been willing to introduce this new concept of culture in their wetland work. Each chapter and section of the book is introduced by the two editors, Thymio Papayannis, director of Med-INA and coordinator of the Ramsar Culture Working Group and Dave Pritchard, recipient of the Ramsar Award in 2008. Papayannis, T. and Pritchard, D. (eds) 2011, Culture and Wetlands in the Mediterranean: an Evolving Story, Athens: Med-INA (hard cover and soft cover, 438 pages). Available gratis from: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: +30 210 3629338, providing full postal address (upon postage payment)
Thymio Papayannis and Aphrodite Sorotou
in search of Greek landscapes
The book ‘in search of Greek landscapes’ is the first publication of the project ‘Conservation and management of Greek Landscapes’ based on the papers presented during the national Workshop organised in 2009, in co-operation with the Athens Agricultural University and WWF Greece. The twenty-six participants were experts on landscape issues and represented universities, government agencies and NGOs.
Thymio Papayannis and J.-M. Mallarach
The Sacred Dimension of Protected Areas, Proceedings of the Second Workshop of the Delos Initiative
The book The Sacred Dimension of Protected Areas, Proceedings of the Second Workshop of the Delos Initiative has been released. The workshop was organised on 24-27 October 2007 in Ouranoupolis, Greece and hosted by Med-INA, in the framework of the IUCN/WCPA Specialist Group on Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas. The Ouranoupolis meeting was attended by 22 participants from 11 countries. During the first part of the meeting case studies regarding indigenous peoples and mainstream faiths were presented, which included Dhimurru in Northern Australia, the San Francisco Peaks of California, Foreste Casentinesi of Italy, Jabal Lâlam in Morocco, Mani San Mount in South Korea and Solovetsky Islands of Russia. During the second part of the workshop, the management of monastic lands and facilities was explored, with examples from Mount Athos in Greece, Buila Vinturarita in Romania, Chryssopigi Monastery in Crete, Greece, Poblet Monastery and Sakya Tashi Ling in Catalonia, Spain and Rila Monastery in Bulgaria. Finally, in the third part of the meeting, the way to achieve synergy between spiritual and conservation concerns was investigated. The participants explored ways of strengthening the conservation of the natural and spiritual heritage in these and other similar sites, as well as the role the conservation community could play.
Action for culture in Mediterranean wetlands
Culture-related activities in 21 Mediterranean wetland sites, under the prism of the Ramsar Convention and its related Resolutions VIII.19 and IX.21 on cultural values, have been analysed in this book. Also, this book provides an up-to-date documentation of characteristic on-going cultural activities related to the Mediterranean wetlands, examining simultaneously their significance for the management and protection of sensitive ecosystems. One of the main conclusions of this painstaking work revealed that nature and culture are two interdependent elements and therefore “we cannot understand and manage the ‘natural’ environment unless we understand the human culture that shaped it”. Thus, cultural activities are important for strengthening the link between humans and wetlands, while the cultural values that result from this process are a basic prerequisite for wetland conservation and the sustainable use of their resources and services.
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