The Management Body of Samaria National Park participated in the 6th National Congress of Ecology, “Ecological Research in Greece: Trends, Challenges and Applications”, University of Athens, 4-7 October 2012, organized by the Hellenic Ecological Society.
The monitoring of wildlife in the National Park Gorge – White Mountains Peter Lymberakis, Anthony Barnes, Elpida Peroulaki. As natural habitats are continuing to deteriorate and an increasing number of wild species are seriously threatened, their conservation is an important goal in both national and Community level. The National Park Management Body Samaria (FDEDS) is responsible for an area of 58,400 hectares in the White Mountains. The Protected Area (PA) includes all areas GR4340008 (SCI) and GR4340014 (SPA) and is bounded by the Agia Irini gorge to the west and the gorge of Imbros in the east. In PA there are significant terrestrial and marine habitat types, which hosted a large number of species of flora and fauna with many endemic / stenoendemic species. The lack of data on the conservation status of species and their habitats led to the design of a program for the systematic monitoring. The program includes the collection and evaluation of existing data, create databases and monitoring protocols and study the habitat types and species of flora and fauna found in the PDB. Indicative expected to obtain information on populations and ecology of endangered species such as the Cretan wild goat (Capra aegagrus cretica), the bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus), the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus), the Vouplefro of Kaki Skala (Bupleurum kakiskalae) and Ampelitsia (Zelkova abelicea). In the same context, has started the implementation of actions, which include the construction of the CP feeders for food aid and monitoring of raptors and monitoring of species in their natural environment through automated recording photographic cameras. The expected results include the cartographic mapping of the distribution and extent of spread, the comprehensive assessment of the conservation status, setting adequate reference values and conservation objectives for the species studied in this research and habitat types, which will strengthen local and national policies to protect nature.