Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (HSPN)
The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (EEPF) is the oldest environmental NGO of national scope, active since 1951. Its mission is to protect the Greek nature and to sensitize Greeks and those who love Greece for the natural heritage of our country .
Since its inception, it has been leading the creation of National Forests and the protection of endangered species of fauna and flora, as well as habitats. Indicatively, the then Secretary-General of Byron Antipas signed on behalf of Greece, in 1971, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance.
Today, its actions focus on five main axes: environmental interventions, nature conservation projects and programs , environmental education with five Pan-Hellenic Networks approved by the Ministry of Environment , sustainable tourism management , and public awareness. To carry out its mission, it is based on an extensive network of scientists, members and volunteers, as well as teachers involved in environmental education programs.
The EHIC represents in Greece the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). It is the national operator of all its international programs, including the "Blue Flag" for the protection and environmental management of the organized coasts and marinas of our country, and "Green Key", which aims at the sustainable management of tourist facilities of all sizes and sizes .
It is also a member of international environmental organizations such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It collaborates closely with other environmental NGOs in common objectives, with universities and governmental and local government bodies, as well as with organizations, institutions and universities abroad to implement transnational nature conservation projects.
He established the "Vyron Antipas" Prize, awarded to non-state or political people or organizations that have proved to have contributed effectively, with selflessness and over time, to the protection of the Greek nature and the environment in general.
She has been publishing since 1975 the quarterly journal "Nature", as well as books and other publications on Greek nature and environmental issues.
For her work she has been honored by the Academy of Athens, the Council of Europe and the Ford Foundation.See more