Management

The Management Agency of Vikos-Aoos and Pindos National Forests was founded in 2002, and since 2007 has overseen operation and management of the Northern Pindos National Park. The Management Agency is one of 28 within the Hellenic Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works (Υ.ΠΕ.Κ.Α.), dedicated to supervision of protected wildlife areas and it is administered by an eleven-member Administrative Board.

Administrative Board Members:

 

Member Characterization (Representation)

Member full name Remarks
Special Scientist Dr. Georgios Mallinis,
Professor at the Department of Forestry and Management of the
Environment and Natural Resources, Democritus University of Thrace
Chairman
Representative of Decentralized Region of Epirus-Western Macedonia (Epirus)  

Tsoumanis Anastasios
Head of Directorate of Coordination and Inspection of Forests

Environmental NGOs Representative Tziovas Konstantinos Secretary
Ministry of Environment Representative Marmara Katia
Forester,Department of Natural Environment Management
Municipality of Grevena Representative Kouptsidis Dimosthenis,
Mayor of Grevena
 Vice Chairman
Region of Epirus Representative  

Kachrimanis Alexandros,
Head of Region of Ioannina

Representative of Decentralized Region of Epirus-Western Macedonia (Macedonia)  

Tzatzanis Ioannis
Forester at Grevena Directorate of Forests

Ministry of Rural Development Representative  

Pappas Manthos
Forester at Ioannina Forest Service

Ministry of Development Representative  

Fotinogiannopoulos Georgios
Mechanical Engineer

Municipality of Ioannia Representative  

Tsiompikos Nikolaos
Mayor of Metsovo

Common Representative of the Ioannina and Grevena Unions of Agricultural Association Papathanasiou Ioannis
Board Member of EAS Ioannina

Supporting Members

Member Characterization (Representation) Member full name Remarks
Special Scientist Kyriazopoulos Apostolos

 

Representative of Decentralized Region of Epirus-Western Macedonia (Epirus) Themeli Aikaterini

Forester at Ioannina Forest Service

 

Environmental NGOs Representative Metzanis Georgios
Ministry of Environment Representative Koutra Dimitra

Biologist,

Department of Natural Environment Management

 

Municipality of Grevena Representative Nasikas Ioannis
Region of Epirus Representative Dastamanis Athanasios
Representative of Decentralized Region of Epirus-Western Macedonia (Macedonia) Mitsopoulos Konstantinos

Forester at Grevena Directorate of Forests

Ministry of Rural Development Representative Makarona Giota
Forester at Ioannina Forest Service
Ministry of Development Representative Sarimpegioglou Nikolaos

Technologist – Engineer

Municipality of Ioannia Representative Papanastasiou Gavriil
Common Representative of the Ioannina and Grevena Unions of Agricultural Association Raptis Stefanos
President of EAS Grevena

 

The Park Management Agency is headquartered in Grevena, but since February 2007, its administration is accommodated at the Aspraggeloi Information Center, located at Zagori of Ioannina. Scientific and administrative staff, guards and guides work towards protecting, monitoring and showing one of the largest land-based protected areas of our country.

The purpose of the Management Agency is the conservation and management of rare habitats, as well as the establishment of procedures and measures for ensuring the harmonious coexistence of man and nature in the context of sustainable development but also for the promotion of protected areas at local, national and global level.

The responsibilities of the Management Agency are:

  • The implementation of regulations and management plans
  • The monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the regulatory terms and restrictions which are imposed by relevant directives, as well as administration and operation regulations and management plans. The Management Agency is responsible for collecting, sorting and processing of environmental information and data for the area of responsibility. It is also responsible for the establishment and operation of relevant databases, in accordance with the applicable national standards.
  • Offering consultation on matters concerning approval of environmental conditions for projects and activities that fall under its area of responsibility.
  • Cooperating with the relevant administrative and judicial authorities in enforcement of environmental and urban legislation.
  • The initiation of studies and research, as well as the execution of technical or other projects that are included in the management plan and the action programs for the protection, preservation and promotion of protected objects.
  • The undertaking of development or implementation of national or European programs and actions.
  • The information, education and training of the general public, in matters such as responsibilities and goals in terms of environmental protection.
  • The promotion, support, organization and implementation of ecotourism programs, the issue of tour licensing and the grant of licenses for scientific research, technical tests and analysis. Issuing quality and cooperation assurance certification to companies that operate within the area of responsibility, in accordance with the terms and conditions that are set out in accordance to the Administration and operation of the protected area.
  • The management of public lands that are granted to Management Agency or are leased by the Management Agency during the current provisions, as well as the rental of private land.