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Three days of “Agra Protection Network” events for wind farms in Agrafa (Video)

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On the 15th and 17th of November, the Network of Entities and Citizens for the Protection of Agrafas organized informational events with the presence of foreign and Greek press correspondents in order to highlight the negative impacts on the ecosystem and biodiversity of the mountain range from the planned industrial installation. It would also appear that these facilities undermine the mild tourism development of the area. “Watch the video of the event”


Cutting of cake from the Mountaineering Association of Karditsa (EOSK)

Την πρωτοχρονιάτικη πίτα του έκοψε, φυσικά στο βουνό όπως κάθε χρόνο, ο Ελληνικός Ορειβατικός Σύλλογος Καρδίτσας (ΕΟΣΚ), την Κυριακή 27 Γενάρη στο ορειβατικό καταφύγιο ‘’Αγράφων’’ στην θέση Καραμανώλη, πάνω από την λίμνη Πλαστήρα.

Τριάντα πέντε μέλη του ΕΟΣΚ (μεταξύ αυτών και έξι παιδιά), βρέθηκαν από το Σάββατο στο καταφύγιο, όπου και διανυκτέρευσαν απολαμβάνοντας την φιλοξενία του νέου δραστήριου διαχειριστή του καταφυγίου, που είναι και μέλος του συλλόγου.

Την επόμενη μέρα το πρωί της Κυριακής, άλλα είκοσι μέλη κατέφτασαν στο καταφύγιο και ακολούθησε ανάβαση στην κορυφή Τέμπλα στα 1810 μέτρα, με τέλειες καιρικές συνθήκες και αρκετό χιόνι που ξεπερνούσε το μέτρο, ενώ τέσσερα μέλη του συλλόγου ανέβηκαν στην κορυφή Βουτσικάκι στα 2154 μέτρα.

Από τις κορυφές, βοηθούντος του καιρού, η πεντακάθαρη θέα προς τις χιονισμένες κορυφές των Αγράφων, δεν μπορεί να μην σε κάνει να νοιώθεις δέος γι αυτήν την εξαιρετική ομορφιά του τοπίου, δεν μπορεί να μην να σε κάνει να νοιώθεις ‘’μικρός’’ για το μεγαλείο της φύσης αλλά ταυτόχρονα δεν μπορεί παρά να  σε θυμώνει για την καταστροφή που απεργάζονται κάποιοι στο όνομα της δήθεν ‘’πράσινης’’ ανάπτυξης, αλλά και δεν μπορεί παρά να σε ‘’πεισμώνει’’ ακόμα περισσότερο για την προστασία της.

Μ αυτές τις σκέψεις αλλά και τις εικόνες, αρχίζει η απολαυστική κατάβαση προς το καταφύγιο, όπου περιμένουν κι άλλοι φίλοι του συλλόγου που έχουν έρθει για την κοπή της πίτας. Ο κόσμος είναι πολύς, αδύνατον να χωρέσουν όλοι μέσα στο καταφύγιο, και η αυλή γεμάτη με χιόνι είναι μονόδρομος. Στα γρήγορα στήνεται ένα φυσικό τραπέζι από χιόνι για την πίτα, οι συντονιστές της εκδήλωσης καλωσορίζουν τον κόσμο και ο πρόεδρος μαζί με τα μέλη του Διοικητικού Συμβουλίου του συλλόγου, μετά τις καθιερωμένες ορειβατικές ευχές κόβουν επιτέλους  την υπέροχη σε εμφάνιση και νοστιμιά βασιλόπιτα, που ήταν  προσφορά του μέλους του συλλόγου Αλέκου Ζαχαρή, από τον φούρνο του στα Φάρσαλα.

Επόμενες δράσεις του συλλόγου είναι στις 7 Φλεβάρη στο Παυσίλυπο, όπου θα γίνει η παρουσίαση του νέου προγράμματος δραστηριοτήτων για το 2019 και στις 9 και 10  Φλεβάρη όπου θα γίνει ανάβαση στον Κόζιακα, με διανυκτέρευση στο ορειβατικό καταφύγιο.Περισσότερες πληροφορίες για τη δράση του ΕΟΣΚ στα τηλ: 6973695595 – 6974110853, στο eoskarditsas.gr, στο facebook.com/eoskarditsas και για ηλεκτρονική επικοινωνία στο e-mail : eoskarditsas@yahoo.gr

 

 

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Crime on Agrafa

Crime on Agrafa, heavy responsibilities of those who support it

by Stelios Anastassopoulos *

Agrafa, one of the most beautiful mountainous areas and a destination of unique historical and cultural value, consists of dozens of 50km long mountains, 30km wide with dozens of wild peaks, 7 of which more than 2000 meters (out of 42 in Greece). Here are the rivers Tavropos, Agrafiotis and hundreds of tributaries and streams that feed Acheloos and Lake Plastiras. They are a labyrinth of dashes, ravines, rushing rivers, dense forests, cliffs and alpine plateaus. The high altitudes, the geomorphological relief, the dense forests, the discreet, so far present, presence of humans have contributed to the preservation of a rich wildlife and dozens of threatened species of Greek fauna and flora.
Here grow over 1,300 plant species such as Asperula pinifolia, lilies, Laburnum alpinum, violins, Doronicum austriacum, orchids and others. The Agrafa are covered with dense forests of fir, black beech, beeches, chestnuts, oak trees, maples, mountaineers, plane trees, elms and others. Due to its rich vegetation hosted many rare birds: vultures, partridges, eagle owls, golden eagles, Short-toed Eagle, buzzards, sparrow hawks and Saint, peregrine falcons, kestrels, Lanner falcon, snow, pyrrokotsyfes, kaliakoudes, chionostrouthoi, vlachotsichlona, ​​woodpigeons, birds, owls, grouse, woodpeckers , sturgeons, shrubs, eagles, whales and others. They host amphibians, such as salamanders, thirds, braids, bobbins, tree-shadows, scotch-swords and Balkan swords. The reptile is also very rich with species such as the lizard of Roumeli, the tsunami, the crown, the dwarf, the safflower, the waterfowl, the shuttle, the Asclepius lavender and the horsetail, which are predators of the rodents that decay the crops. Here are also the three land turtles living in our country: the Mediterranean, the marshmallow and the lagoon. The mammals include the wolf, wild cats, wild boar, ferrets, asbestos, foxes, hares, squirrels and even bears or otters (in the rivers).
And yet this area with extremely rich biodiversity has set investors the goal of installing numerous giant wind turbines. More than 30 applications are related to wind farms in Agrafa and Argithea. Already, for 8 studies, negative opinions have been issued since 2011, preventing the installation of more than 100 wind turbines while the Regional Council of Thessaly unanimously gave a negative opinion in 2016 on Kaprovouni and Giotis on the slopes of Itamos and for a third A / P in Anthropos.
However, on 10/04/2018, the Ministry of Environment and Energy, signed by Minister Stathakis, without any consultation, briefing and discussion with the local communities, allowed the installation of two large areas of A / P, at the borders of Karditsa – Evritania at altitudes 1600 – 2000m and at least 7 km long, with forty (40) original wind turbines, 180 meters each. The first 46 MW power plant of Anemodomiki SA in the position “Grammeni – Tourla – Karnopi” and the second one of Pounentis SA with a capacity of 40 MW at the location “Mihos – Voidolivado – Apelina”.
The capture of the Agraph Mountains is a plan to carry out an unprecedented irreversible environmental crime as the transport of the giant wind turbines and the technical projects needed for such a pharaonic project require the deforestation of huge virgin forests while the consequences for biodiversity will be dramatic. Indicatively, for the 2nd A / P will be required interventions in 50.000 sq.m. for the squares of 20 A / C, 83.874 sq.m. for the opening of new – and otherwise unfortunate – roads of 10-12 meters width, 15.600 sq.m. for the installation of the 78 pylons of the High Voltage Overhead Line (MV) The installation of these two A / P will be altered to an irreversible extent of 843,597 sq.m. forest – grassland areas. At the same time, the risk of fire will increase as management facilities, overhead transmission lines, and wind turbines themselves, prevent the creation of firebreaks. All the area involved is part of the European Natura 2000 network, and it is the first time that alpine and subalpine wind turbines are installed all over the world.
There is no doubt that the impact on local tourism and the economy of our county and of Western Thessaly will be incalculable. These industrial facilities will cancel out any form of mild and friendly development environment in the region and degrade the value of the tourist property that Agrafa recommends and reduce traffic.

It should be noted that if wind energy is, under certain conditions, part of tackling anthropogenic climate change by reducing the produced carbon dioxide (CO2) from the burning of coal, it is difficult to accept that it is advantageous to do with the destruction of forests and virgin ecosystems. Why forests, apart from sheltering the natural reserve, are a major factor in CO2 absorption and hence in greenhouse gas degradation. So telling me that I’m putting turbines on Agrafa – and even with less efficiency due to local weather – to mitigate the greenhouse effect is like saying “I’m making war to protect peace.”
Therefore, as citizens, we must not allow:
– total and irreversible destruction of sensitive mountain ecosystems
– Assigning public property to the profits of some “caps” of private individuals
– Involvement of the historical monument of the Civil War in Nialas
Lastly, the responsibilities for the political and self-governmental actors that support this crime either with their tolerance or with their vote are heavy and long-lasting as they concern the next generations. The Government is called upon to declassify the Agrafa area from a priority area of ​​RES installations, to withdraw the licenses for all wind and hydroelectric projects at altitudes above 1000m but also to abolish the laws that facilitate “investment” raptors rather than he signs such shame. If these two passes are going to be the beginning of the South Pindos fee as we know it.

* Biologist, Regional Counselor with the “Tailing Road for Thessaly”
01/07/2018


Agrafa Evritanias

Agrafa Evritania

Two – day nature – mountaineering – activist meeting


Saturday 23/6
• 18.00: Meeting at Town Hall Square, touring the village, informing and chatting with the residents about the upcoming wind farms in the area
• 20.30: Meet the mountaineering clubs of Evritania and Karditsa
• 20.45: “The development of the Agrafa paths” Presentation by Apostolis Pantelis, director of EOS Karditsas
• 21: “From Pindus to Olympus” (1979), short screening of Dimitris Kossias (honorary president of EOSK)
• 21.30: “Aborigines, mild tourist development or conversion into an industrial zone?” Christos Fasoulas, “Network and Citizens Network for the Protection of the Agraph”
• 22.00: View video clips and photos on Agrafa
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Sunday 24/6

 07 00 mountaineering group, climbing from the village of Agrafa (700m) for Niala 1700m) – Katakhaia peak (2002m) / 5 hours + return
 08 30 hiking group, climb to Nialas / 3,5 hours + return


Views of Greece

The photo of the views of Greece in Lake Plastira

Lake Plastiras … yet it is Greece!
I did not believe in my eyes when I first criticized it …! Small rivers, spruce fir trees, alpine beaches and a lake “gem” that overflows with all the charm of the Agraphian mountains. “Yes, this place is from … Agrafa !!!” I thought … A place that along the way marked me left an indelible impression, both in my memory and in my heart … !!