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Greece allocates € 52.1 million to restore degraded forest ecosystem

Five contracts, totalling 52.10 million euros were signed within the framework of the Greek Reforestation Plan, in the presence of the Minister of Environment and Energy, Theodoros Skylakakis and the Fund for the Utilisation of Public Private Property (TAIPED) represented by Mr Panagiotis Stampoulidis.

The National Reforestation Plan aims to restore degraded forest ecosystems using native species in the regions of Attica, Central Macedonia and Northern Evia. This includes artificial reforestation efforts in selected areas, overseen by forestry services. The contracts signed pertain to the reforestation of areas exceeding 58,000 acres in total.

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“At the same time, we are intensifying our efforts to protect the country’s forest ecosystems,” said Minister Skylakakis. “Major fire prevention projects are in full progress. Additionally, we are implementing a landmark reform for the active management of our forests, which includes removing vast amounts of flammable excess biomass that has accumulated over the past 50 years, while also developing the forest economy. We remain vigilant against the looming climate crisis, developing targeted interventions to address it.”

The project is part of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan “Greece 2.0,” funded by the European Union’s NextGenerationEU. TAIPED is the Implementing Authority, acting on behalf of the Ministry of Environment and Energy, specifically the General Directorate of Forests and Forest Environment, which is the Contracting Authority. TAIPED is responsible for performing all necessary actions for the project’s implementation.

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