At the beginning of December, the Council of Europe decided to renew the Diploma for Protected Areas, which was granted for the area of the White Mountains and the Samaria Gorge. Protected areas can receive a diploma for outstanding scientific, cultural or aesthetic value. Currently 73 places in 29 countries can boast of this distinction. The White Mountains and the Samaria Gorge are the only protected areas in Greece that have a European diploma for protected areas. This year's renewal of this award extends its validity for another 10 years until 2029.
The positive decision upholding the award of the diploma did not come as a surprise to the authorities of the National Park Samaria, because the visit of officials sent on behalf of the Council of Europe took place in a very positive atmosphere. As part of the audit summary, five recommendations were made that should be implemented:
More information on the European Diploma for Protected Areas can be found directly on this project's website: