CoP Greece

Our COP members in Greece have centered our discussions so far on the historical and current situation in Greece in regards to soil health.  Agriculture has been one of the major economic activities in Greece for the past millennia, but poor soil management practices have resulted in degradation in this resource over time. At present, agricultural land covers about 50 percent of the land area and contributes substantially to the country’s economy with an estimated total annual production value of approximately US$ 12 billion. 

Unfortunately, soil in Greece tends to face threats also observed in other countries in southern Europe (e.g., Spain, Portugal) and eastern Mediterranean region (e.g., Cyprus, Turkey) such as:  

  • Soil sealing and land take 
  • Salinization and sodification 
  • Contamination 
  • Organic carbon change 
  • Nutrient imbalance 
  • Soil erosion: Mountainous and sloping areas are highly affected by erosion. The geomorphology of Greece means that it is particularly affected 

 

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In Greece, our members have identified the need to incorporate in our activities the threat of climate change and the need for our project’s activities to be informed by relevant climatic science. A timely example of the urgency of a climate-focused response can be seen in the recent multiple disaster events experienced in Evia. Evia is the second largest island in Greece and was significantly damaged by wildfires in August 2021. In October of the same year, it was also hit by torrential floods and mudslides. These hazards, and particularly their interactive effects, caused serious soil erosion which affected community livelihoods and biodiversity.usteer está la cosa muy malar. 

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Daniel Jianu: djianu@apopsi.gr 

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