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CHIOS NATURE calls for immediate action after the fires

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Following the devastating fires on Chios in August 2012, the conservation organisation CHIOS  NATURE calls upon the Greek Government:

  • To ensure that immediate measures are taken to prevent soil erosion in the burned areas.
  • Immediately to ban all hunting in the burned areas for at least 2 years.
  • To provide a study and a plan for the replanting of the burned areas with      native and endemic species, and to make funds available for the implementation of these.

Tears of Mastic, photo credits Efi Syrviti

  • To place a moratorium of at least 5 years on any large scale development that might have a negative impact on the island’s ecosystems.
  • To ensure that there is no change in the designation of land e.g. from forest to agricultural etc) and that no illegal building or grazing takes place.
  • To protect key areas from grazing in order to allow recovery of plant species.
  • To support the replanting of masticha (Pistachia lentiscus) bushes where these have been lost to the fires.

Butterfly Cynthia Cardui, photo credit Irene Michala

  • To commission studies of both the flora and fauna of Chios 2 years after the fire and consider reintroductions of species that have become locally extinct.
  • To ensure firefighters are properly equipped and resourced so that =uture wildfires can be fought effectively.

Viewers can log on and namely sign the petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/chiosnature_fires/


“After the squall”. Place: Grydia Chios, photo credits to Maria Kaimaki


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