|4 July 2002|
Government Inaction Jeopardises Marine Park
Deputy Minister Rodoula Zisi reaffirmed the governments commitment to the NMPANS during a high-profile visit to Alonissos on 15 March 2002 [see Sporades receives ministerial commitment, TMG 5(1) May 2002]. Then, on 5 June, World Environment Day, the Minister of Environment, Vaso Papandreou, stated that we are not celebrating the environment only to forget it for another year.
However, despite these public proclamations, no government funding has been made available to vital conservation efforts in the Sporades since January 2001. With the funding crunch now reaching a crisis point, guarding, monitoring, education and public awareness activities are facing imminent collapse. Making matters even worse, the crisis in the NMPANS coincides with the critical high summer tourist season, when threats to the Park and its vulnerable monk seals are most apparent.
We urge concerned readers to make their views known directly to the Minister and Deputy-Minister of Environment by filling in the automated petition form below.
Petition closed 22 Sept. 2002