With the saying of Victor Hugo “the whole world has a common homeland, Ancient Olympia” the Deputy Minister of Environment Mr. George Amyras signed a memorandum of cooperation with Profitas Elias of Floka Ancient Olympia Community, with the company “Pantelis Papadopoulos SA” – Husn Representative of Ms. Alexandros Papadopoulos for the donation of forest material management equipment for the needs of fire protection in the area.
“What makes us feel safer is prevention,” said Amyras, adding: “We at the Ministry of Environment have stopped using the term climate change, we use the term climate crisis and if we do not all take action us, if we arrive we use the next term which is the climate collapse means that we will not have a return.
For the first time in the history of the Greek state we clean precautionarily sensitive and critical forest ecosystems of the country. Today we are talking about dozens of workshops that clean 77,000 acres of forest in about 80 to 100 locations throughout Greece, maintain 16,000 kilometers of forest roads and maintain or open about 1,600 kilometers of fire zones. “What we can do with funding from the € 50 million Recovery Fund and another € 20 million from the state budget is an important first step.”
Concluding, Mr. Amyras stressed that everyone must take responsibility for the forest and the need to protect it, emphasizing that 96% of forest fires in Greece are due to human negligence.
The Mayor of Ancient Olympia Mr. George Georgiopoulos who welcomed Mr. Amyras at the event, thanked him for the fruitful cooperation he has had with him for several months as part of the effort to restore the fire-affected area. He also thanked the company, emphasizing that Olympia with its timeless values and its symbolism in relation to world peace can inspire a great effort of cooperation of peoples to deal with the climate crisis, as its effects can potentially lead to conflicts. and to strengthen peace.
“The Municipality and the other local bodies will be helpers and participants in this effort and in these four years we will be in cooperation with the Forest Service and the Region, our Municipality will help in whatever is requested”, stressed Mr. Georgiopoulos.
Present at the meeting were the MPs Mrs. Dionysia Avgerinopoulou and Mr. Andreas Nikolakopoulosthe Mayor of Ancient Olympia Mr. George Georgiopoulosthe Deputy Mayor of Civil Protection Mr. Vassilis Arvanitisthe Deputy Regional Minister of Culture – Tourism Mr. Nikos Korovesisthe General Manager of Forests & Forest Environment Mr. Evangelos Goudoufasthe Foresters of Pyrgos Mr. Panagiotis Lattas and Olympia Mr. Vassilis Giakoumisrepresentatives of the Forest Service and the Forest Cooperatives working in the restoration, etc.