Studies for the protection and management of the natural environment


NCC is actively involved with the preparation of environmental studies for the protection of natural environment and the biodiversity, ie Special Environmental Studies, Site Management Plans, Species Management Plans as well as Biodiversity Action Plans and Habitat management-restoration plans. Through the preparation of these studies and the implementation of specific projects NCC actively participates in the design of the sustainable management of protected areas in the country and the efforts for the conservation of the Greek nature and biodiversity.


Ongoing Projects

The projects which NCC currently has been implementing and participating in are:


Start: 2013, Duration: 3,5 years
Contract entity: Society for the Protection of Prespa

In the framework of the project LIFE+ Nature "Sustainable management and financing of wetland biodiversity: the case of Lake Stymfalia" (LIFE12 NAT/GR/000275), that is implemented by Pireaus Bank, OIKOM Ltd., the Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP) and the Centre of Renewable Energy Sources and Saving, NCC is collaborating with the Society for the Protection of Prespa as reedbed management expert throughout the whole project. A Reedbed Management Plan is conducted, which includes the assessment of the reedbed characteristics, the determination of the reedbed management zones, of the standards for the pilot reed cutting management actions and of the total available biomass.


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Draft guidelines for Ecosystem Based Management of Gyaros
Marine Spatial Planning study for Gyaros

Start: 2015, Duration: 0,5 year
Contract Entity: MOm

In the framework of CYCLADES LIFE “Integrated Monk seal conservation of Northern Cyclades” (LIFE12 NAT/GR/000688) draft guidelines for Ecosystem Based Management of Gyaros and the surrounding marine area and draft Marine Spatial Planning study were conducted, in order to be used as baseline documents for the participatory consultation process for the establishment of a commonly accepted ecosystem management and spatial framework. The studies were also taken into consideration during the preparation of the Special Environmental Study for the area.
Τhe Marine Spatial Planning study includes the presentation and analysis of the present conditions and the provision of scenarios for the sitting of human human activities in the wider marine area of Gyaros, so as to preserve and protect the good environmental status of the region and promote sustainable development activities in it.
The guidelines for Ecosystem Based Management present the current state of the Gyaros islet and surrounding marine area ecosystem and its threats, while based on that a set of management objectives are set and general management measures for the protection of the ecosystem and the maintenance and enhancement of associated ecosystem services are proposed.

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Assessment of the reed harvesting activities impact in the reedbed habitat quality of Mikri Prespa Lake, Albania

Start: 2015, Duration: 0,5 χρόνος
Contract Entity: Society of the Protection of Prespa

In the framework of the project “Transboundary Biosphere Reserve Prespa: Support to Prespa National Park in Albania”, financed by KfW Entwicklungsbank, assessment of the impact of the summer and winter harvesting activities on the reedbed habitats and on species of national and European interest was conducted. The impact of the reed harvesting on reedbed habitats and selected fauna and flora species was assessed and suggestions on changes in the rotation harvesting system, summers cuts and the intensity of harvesting were proposed. For the estimation of the harvested area an aerial photography was conducted with the use of UAV drone.


Management Plan for the Protected Area of Andros


In the framework of the LIFE+ Nature project "Management of the SPA site of Andros Island to achieve a Favourable Conservation Status for its priority species" (LIFE10 NAT/GR/000637), NCC has elaborated a Management Plan for the protected area of Andros for the sustainable management and conservation of the SPA and its priority bird species. For the needs of its elaboration a team of qualified scientists was established so as to ensure the evaluation of parameters for the comprehensive assessment of the current situation of the site and the proposal of appropriate management actions which will serve the management purposes for the SPA. According to the provisions of law N.3937/2011 the designation of the site as a Regional Park for the Management of SPAs was proposed.

The actions and research carried out during the preparation of the Management Plan were implemented according to the sustainable management planning of the protected area of the island, under the principles of objective and reliable scientific evidences, the values of prioritization, social acceptability and transparency. In the framework of the Management Plan further studies have been compiled such as the Surveillance-patrolling plan of the SPA, the Wetland Restoration Plan, the Study for the protection of seagrass beds and the Feasibility Study of the Management Scheme for the SPA.


More about the project here.


Biodiversity Action Plan for Skyros

In the framework of the LIFE Nature+ project "Demonstration of the Biodiversity Action Planning approach, to benefit local biodiversity on an Aegean island, Skyros" (LIFE09/NAT/GR000323), NCC has produced a Biodiversity Action Plan for the island of Skyros aiming to demonstrate integrated planning methods and management measures for the conservation and restoration of the biodiversity on the island. The Biodiversity Action Plan has a holistic approach and includes 6 thematic Action Plans, focusing at the important habitats and species of the island, associated with an extensive public awareness campaign for the sufficient dissemination of the project. Through its development and successful implementation the high biodiversity of Skyros can be benefited, as a key competitive advantage for local sustainable development, whilst preserving the quality of life and culture of this unique corner of the Aegean Sea.

More about the project here.


Planning of the reed beds’ management in the Albanian part of Mikri Prespa Lake, in the frames of the project: "Transboundary Biosphere Reserve Prespa: Support to Prespa National Park in Albania" (BMZ- NR 2001 66 785)

Start: 2012 Duration: 6 months
Contract Entity: Society of the Protection of Prespa

NCC is responsible for the project coordination, the elaboration of the reed beds management plan of the Albanian part in Mikri Prespa Lake, in cooperation with experts and members of Society of the Protection of Prespa (SPP), as well as for GIS mapping.



Given below is a list of the most important categories of projects, where we have been involved:

Site Management Plans, including management plans for Agras wetland in collaboration with Municipality of Edessa,  Epanomi wetland in collaboration with the HOS, Oropos wetlands in collaborations with the HOS and WWF-Hellas, two protected areas on Cyprus in collaboration with the University of Athens, Llogara National Park in Albania in collaboration with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and for a series of reservoirs of Crete in collaboration with the NHMC.

Habitat management-restoration plans, refer to specific studies for the creation-management-restoration of habitats. Characteristic examples include reed bed management plans for Kastoria wetland in collaboration with ANKO, and Agras wetland in collaboration with the Municipality of Edessa, as well as a wetland creation/restoration study for Choremiou open cast mines at Megalopolis, implemented for DEI.

Expert advice on conservation of species and habitats, refer to special assessments for the conservation requirements of species and habitats. Relevant studies have been carried out for the determination of the legal framework regarding the protection of rare plants with the use of the micro-reserves approach, in collaboration with the University of Athens as well as the identification and description of the ecological requirements, threats and pressures, legal, administrative and management measures required for the effective protection of priority bird species in Greek Special Protection Areas (SPAs), implemented in collaboration with HOS and BirdLife International for the Ministry of Environment. This study has resulted in the adoption of a new protective legislation for SPAs in Greece. As part of the latter study, a special database including a Decision Support Tool was created, providing factsheets for the ecological requirements, threats and management measures required for the conservation of each species.

Protected area assessment - delineation studies include studies which, based on sound scientific and ornithological criteria and documentation, identify, assess and delineate new protected areas for birds. An example of such a study is the project of the evaluation of 69 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) as Special Protection Areas (SPAs), which was implemented by more than 20 ornithologists, and the HOS for the Ministry of Environment. Based on its results, 66 new SPAs were designated in 2010.

Habitat mapping projects, refer to the provision of expertise, with the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) in association with databases in order to describe, evaluate and map sites and habitats for their biodiversity importance. This approach was applied for the identification and mapping of High Nature Value agricultural and forest lands in Greece, which was implemented in collaboration with the HOS and the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), for the Ministry of Rural Development and Food.