Biodiversity and natural resources

World Environment Day and priorities for nature

Interview of Ioli Christopoulou on nature policy in Greece at a special podcast by Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) for the World Environment Day. The interview focused on the Green Tank’s recommendations in order to address challenges and make use of opportunities for the country’s biodiversity conservation.

The rescue of the Greek Galapagos

Ioli Christopoulou comments on the significance of the decision taken by the Ministry of Environment and Energy rejecting the installation of wind turbines on 14 islets in the Aegean Sea in Natura 2000 areas.

“Life vest” of 1.4 trillion dollars by 2030 for protected areas

Ioli Christopoulou comments on the significance of the report by Cambridge University professor Sir Partha Dasgupta on the economics of biodiversity, and the need to redefine humanity’s relationship with nature, not on the basis of what humanity can draw from it, but on the basis of what nature can provide.

Environmental permit terms for wind farms

Based on an analysis of 101 environmental permits for wind farms in Greece, the Green Tank and Nature Conservation Consultants (NCC) document differentiated approaches in the permitting process and recommend the adoption of a harmonized approach across the country. The promotion of renewable energy sources (RES) is the central tool for achieving the country’s climate and energy targets. However, especially with regard to wind energy, which is considered the most mature of RES technologies, there are recognized potential impacts, especially on