The urban non-profit company “PINDOS PERIVALLONTIKI” proceeded to another voluntary action for the protection of nature and the promotion of nature-loving tourism.
From July 15 to August 25, “Pindos Perivallontiki” collaborated with the International Association of Economics and Business Students (AIESEC) of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki to clean an old path.
From AIESEC, six volunteers from Ukraine, Portugal and Austria participated. Responsible for coordinating the whole action by “Pindos Environmental” were George Nollas-Tsamitropoulos and Panagiota Kouskou from Vovousa.
The old path (P5) that once connected Vovousa with Metsovo, is 18 km. Through the voluntary action, a large part of it was cleaned, while re-signaling was done along its entire length.
The visitor, walking this path that passes next to the Aoos river, meets the “Pope’s Pit”, a point where there is a plan to become a diversion dam of Aoos, the implementation of which “froze” due to mobilizations.
The visitor will also find out the damage caused by the existing dam in the Springs of Aoos, with the river turned into a simple stream.
“Pindos Perivallontiki” has expressed and continues to express its opposition to the dams. In recent years, together with the international partners Ecoalbania, EuroNatur, RiverWatch, IUCNECARO, Medina, and Tour du Valat, it participates in the program “Saving Europe’s Last Free Flowing Wild River Vjosa-Aoos”. , with the aim of preventing the construction of dams in Greece and Albania and the creation of the first cross-border national park “Aoos-Vjosa” in Europe.
At the same time, it supports the “Save the Blue Heart of Europe” campaign, which is active against dams in Aoos and in the Balkans.
During the implementation period of the voluntary action, “Pindos Perivallontiki” and AIESEC organized screenings of the film “Blue Heart” in Vovousa and Laista.
Finally, the Aoos river was monitored by drone – donated by the “Bodosakis Foundation” – and the reduced water supply in the area after the dam of the Aoos springs was found.