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THE WETLAND OF AGRAS-VRYTA-NISI
   

Μan and Nature in harmony 

 The Wetland

The wetland is situated 7 km NW of the city of Edessa and covers an area of 600 ha. It extends at the former floodplain of Edessaios river, at the area historically known as the marshes of Tiavou. The wetland, became a water reservoir during the 50s, after the construction of a dam and dikes by the Public Electricity Corporation, to cover the needs of the Agras hydropower plant. The pre-existing wetland retained most of its functions, resulting in the development of a valuable ecosystem, of great importance for the biodiversity, especially water birds. Up to now, more than 140 bird species have been recorded, among which the swans, coots, little grebes and little bitterns are the most characteristic, while, among ducks, the ferruginous duck is the most important one. The presence of human settlements at the area has been related, from ancient time, not only to traditional wetland associated activities, like fishing and stock-raising, but also, to the sustainable use of the waterfalls as a renewable energy resource and for the irrigation of agricultural land, activities that are practiced at a wider area, including the city of Edessa. The wetland is a characteristic case of a long - term coexistence of man and nature, the harmony of which has been disturbed over the past few years, due to several problems that the ecosystem is facing. Their impacts provoked the awareness of local community, resulting in the implementation of the LIFE-Nature project entitled Implementation of management measures at the wetland of Agras, aiming in the application of multiple purpose wetland management and the conservation of wetland functions and values in a socioeconomically compatible way.

 

PROJECT LIFE- NATURE, IMPLEMENTATION OF MANAGEMENT MEASURES AT THE AGRAS WETLAND

LIFE (C) 2005  .

WETLAND INFORMATION CENTRE

 

Project LIFE NATURA 2000
Wetland The Problems
Nature The Man
Coexistense Actions

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