Within the frame of the European Union programme "LIFE-Nature"
that aims at the conservation of the environment, the National Centre
for Marine Research (N.C.M.R.) and the Developmental Company of
Dodecanese S.A. (AN.DO. S.A.) have undertaken the materialisation
of the project "Conservation measures for the endangered fish
Ladigesocypris ghigii*" (B4-3200/98/445).
This project aims to implement management actions essential to
the L. ghigii* (commonly called gizani) conservation. The
total cost of the project is 290 million Greek drachmas (approx.
850,000 Euro). It is funded by the European Union (by 75%), the
Greek Ministry of Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works
(by 8.6%) and the N.C.M.R. (by 16.4%). The duration of the project
is 57 months, starting on the February 1st, 1999.
The South Aegean District Authorities and the municipalities of
Arhagellos, Kamiros, Kallithea and Southern Rhodes contribute to
the project, as collaborating bodies.
It is the first time that Greece received European Union funds
for management actions to conserve an endemic, endangered, freshwater
fish species. Thus this project also aims to become a pilot project
for the conservation of other Greek endemic freshwater fish species
that are critically endangered. In addition, objective of the project
is to underline the need to preserve the natural recourses, to raise
public awareness on environmental protection and to motivate the
development of eco-tourism.