: For the purposes of the Project, the team established the baseline for the biodiversity and climatic conditions at the project area. Field visits took place for invertebrates, reptiles, mammals, pollinators, and plants, while seeds from local varieties have been collected and have been multiplied. Soil profiles’ analyses were also conducted along with reports for organic matter content, decomposition rates, erosion and fire risk. Also, a series of meteorological stations were installed for the measurement of basic meteorological parameters, as well as the microclimate conditions of the terraced landscape. Analyses of current climate data (covering the period 1970-2005) and future climate change projections (up to 2100) were completed.
Traditional beekeeping infrastructures (bee hives, bee houses, bee gardens) in the abandoned state on the island were recorded, mapped and evaluated in order to set priorities for their future restoration/maintenance. Furthermore, the terraced landscape of Andros and Syros Island were also mapped.
The first Greek Land Surveillance Organization was created entitled "Farmers of the Aegean", after the signing of the Collaboration Agreement between the Social Cooperative Enterprise, the Green Fund and the Municipality of Andros "Farmers of the Aegean" (http://www.landstewardship.gr/index.php/el/).
The HAO-DEMETER experimental cultivation of crops of Andros local landraces was carried out and seed material was produced for the cultivation of the project’s fields. A total of 43 ha were cultivated for two years (the cultivation is ongoing) with barley, vetch and pea following climate-smart agricultural practices and enhancing the biodiversity of the fields. This year’s cultivated species apart from barley include oregano and onion.
In order to promote the project actions and objectives related to the climate change adaption, the significance of terraces as key green infrastructure elements in alleviating the impacts of climate change and the improvement of ecosystem indicators a broad public awareness campaign is being implemented. This campaign includes informative material, notice boards, environmental education material as well as a set of Thematic Seminars that started in October 2020. In order to disseminate the art of dry stone, the Drystone-Wall School will be organized in summer 2021. During this school, farmers and craftsmen from Andros and other Cycladic islands will be trained in restoring drystone constructions, such as terrace walls, trails and any type of drystone elements occurring on terraces; the school aims also to focus on methods and materials for the cultivation of terraced land.
: Andros Island
: Andros Island
: 9,221 (Census: 2011)
: 6 years (until 2022)
: University of the Aegean (Coordinating Partner) Municipality of Andros HAO-DEMETER National and Kapodistrian University of Athens National Observatory of Athens
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