Yesterday the 21st November 2012, the extensive participation of the citizens and the evident support of local stakeholders of the beautiful city of Kavala, crowned the Workshop and Inauguration of HELMEPA’s Exhibition titled “Awareness on Marine Environment, Shipping and Sciences”, at what was the fifth stop of the campaign, a great success. This is a HELMEPA initiative which is being implemented over three years across 12 Greek cities and their surrounds with the kind support of the UK-based independent charity, The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust* (The LRET).
Present at the Workshop titled “Marine Litter: a problem that concerns us all” were representatives of the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, the Municipalities of Kavala and Thassos, the Coast Guard and other local stakeholders, teachers, students and environmentally sensitive members of the public.
HELMEPA’s Director General, Dimitris C. Mitsatsos, thanked the Municipality of Kavala and the local stakeholders for their generosity in hosting the campaign, which aims at informing and fostering a heightened environmental consciousness, especially among the younger generations. The General Secretary of HELMEPA’s Board of Directors, Dimitris Lemonidis, during his welcoming address, underlined the fact that a significant milestone in the evolution of the Association’s activities was the establishment of the HELMEPA Junior Program. In doing so, he quoted the distinctive words of the late former HELMEPA Chairman, Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos, “apart from ‘filotimo’ (integrity), an environmental education is also necessary – something which can be achieved through our children”. The Vice Prefect of Kavala, Archelaos Granas, saluted the activities of the Workshop in turn, highlighting the multifaceted relationship between the Kavala community and the sea together with the respect the latter requires.
The Deputy Mayor of Kavala, Christodoulos Michalakis, spoke about the activities undertaken by the local council in working towards a cleaner and healthier environment and about the ways in which HELMEPA’s campaign offers support in the environmental updating of and enhancing of awareness among all the city’s residents, young and old. In closing the formalities, HELMEPA’s Executive Coordinator, Ms Christiana Prekezes, delivered a message on behalf of the Director of The LRET, Michael Franklin.
A member of HELMEPA’s Environmental Awareness Section, Mr. Costas Triantafillou, opened the Workshop with his presentation on the current status of marine litter in seas and on beaches throughout Greece, across the Mediterranean and worldwide. The Environmental Scientist, Mr. Alexis Michail, of the Environmental Department of the Municipality of Kavala, extensively presented the Municipality’s waste management best practices.
The spokesperson of the Delta Nestos Lakes Vistonida Ismarida Management Body and forester, Theodore Berberidis, discussed the protection of biodiversity in the region and also the various pursuits embarked upon for the environmental updating of and raising of awareness among the public. Studies of the Fisheries Research Institute investigating the extent of pollution of the Gulf of Kavala were outlined by Dr. Nikolaos Stamatis, while the Deputy Head of the Philippi Environmental Education Centre in Kavala, Kyriakos Kelidis, stressed the importance of the adoption of environmental education programs, with that of HELMEPA Junior holding the key position. The Director of Primary Education, Nikos Georgiadis, also spoke accordingly.
The Workshop came to a close with the screening of a short video compiled by the three most dynamic HELMEPA Junior Groups in Kavala, showcasing the various activities they had completed as part of the Program. HELMEPA congratulated the students and their teacher, Panayiotis Papazoglou who voluntarily guided the children through their various initiatives, for their active participation in general. Having presented the children-members of the Groups with their souvenir books, Messrs A. Granas, the Thassos Mayor, Costas Hatziemmanouil, the Kavala Tourism-Culture Vice Prefect, Costas Papakosmas, the City Council President of Kavala, Anna Spandonis and D. Lemonidis then inaugurated HELMEPA’s Environmental Exhibition in the Foyer of the Kavala Regional Unit Headquarters. Following, a member of the HELMEPA staff led those present on a guided tour of the Exhibit.
The events of the day were covered by members of the Kavala media.
Viewers can find the addresses of Messrs D. Lemonidis and M. Franklin at the following links respectively: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/2709443/Lemonidis-eng.doc and https://dl.dropbox.com/u/2709443/Franklin-eng.doc.
The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust (The LRET) funds education, training and research programmes in transportation, science, engineering, technology and the safety of life, worldwide for the benefit of all.