Non-transparent and favouritist licensing procedures for oil and natural gas drilling, the deadly wildfire and flood in Attica, non-compliance with decisions of the EU Court of Justice, and financial penalties for illegal waste management, which now exceed 100 million euros, are a few of the developments which set the dramatic scene for environmental protection in Greece.


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A total of 783 nests & 93,960 eggs were recorded solely on Sekania beach over the past year. Nevertheless, Caretta caretta still faces threats that endanger the species’ future in the Mediterranean, and needs our help now more than ever.


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Fourteen environmental non-governmental organizations in Greece, have expressed their satisfaction regarding the issuance of a Presidential Decree for the Kyparissia Bay (EU Natura 2000 sites GR 2550005, GR 2330005 and GR 2330008).

© Joakim Odelberg / WWF Greece


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A dead Griffon vulture was found at a short distance from a wind turbine in the regional unit of Rhodope, in Thrace, Greece on September 26.From the vulture’s movements, as recorded by the satellite transmitter that was fitted on the bird on June 2018 as part of the LIFE Vulture (LIFE14 NAT/NL/000901) project, the findings on the ground and the expert autopsy and analyses it is clear that the vulture died after a collision with a wind turbine.  


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WWF is shocked by the tragic loss of life and nature in Greece. Extraordinary weather conditions (high temperatures and wind gusts reaching 100km/hr), badly managed forests and deficiencies in the civil protection systems all contributed to this tragic event. As climate change renders forests more valuable, but also more vulnerable to fire, it is now becoming dramatically clear that housing agglomerations in forests and woodlands run increasing risk from fire.


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Published in just-transition.info

The shift from coal to a low-emission or zero-emission economy is now an inevitable reality due to recent changes in European environmental legislation (ETS reform, Industrial Emissions Directive, new Large Combustion Plants Best Reference Document, etc.) and impressive progress in renewables and energy storage technologies. 

The question is no longer whether or not we will abandon coal but when.


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Published in just-transition.info

Is there a socially acceptable phasing out process for coal mining? What are the impacts on the employees and is there such a thing as a “socially responsible staff adjustment”? What were the challenges for governments, trade unions, the private sector and civil society?

These were just a few of the questions that we were eventually answered after the study trip organized by WWF Germany (19-22/03/2018) in the ex coal-dependent area of Ruhr in Germany. This study trip was part of the project entitled “Just Transition in Southeastern Europe,” which is supported by the European Climate Initiative of the German Ministry of Environment and focuses on three countries in Southeastern Europe, namely Bulgaria, Poland and Greece.


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Published in Just-transition.info

It’s been only a few weeks since the WWF Greece team reached out to several stakeholders in the lignite sector in Western Macedonia, Greece to discuss the future of the region.

As part of the EUKI-funded program “Just Transition in South-Eastern Europe”, which consists of a partnership of WWF national offices* aiming at setting innovative and socially just plans for the restructuring of coal economies, WWF Greece organised a roundtable discussion in Kozani in order to find common ground between parties with seemingly very different, sometimes conflicting, priorities. 


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Published in Euractiv

Greece has no long-term energy plan despite promises from every government since 2007, writes Nikos Mantzaris.

Yet nothing prevented government decisions aiming at servicing what seems to be a central dogma in Greek energy policy: the prolongation of the lignite-based electricity model in Greece.


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Published in Euractiv

A decision imposed by the EU on Greece to sell a large proportion of its lignite coal assets could be disastrous for consumers and the sustainability of Greece’s energy model, warns Nikos Mantzaris.

The sale of 40% of Greek utility PPC’s lignite assets – the most polluting form of coal – is undoubtedly the most significant energy-related development in Greece in recent years.


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