World Wetlands Day 2019: We are not powerless against cimate change


The 2nd of February is a special day for the world’s wetland since we celebrate the signing of the Ramsar Convention for the protection of the wetlands. This year the theme of the Words Wetland Day is “We are not powerless against climate change – Wetlands help us cope”!

“Wetlands hep us prepare for, cope with and bounce back from the impacts of climate change” is the message of the Ramsar Convention Secretariat, and in their website you can find interesting relevant facts and handouts.

In the Thermaikos Gulf Protected Areas Management Authority we celebrated the WWD on the 3rd of February with a local event in the Chalastra Municipal Library, with a presentation about the WWD theme and also the presentation of a book titled “Thessaloniki of waters”. The book by George Blionis and Michalis Tremopoulos investigates the connection of the city of Thessaloniki -the second largest city of Greece- with the rivers and torrents in its periphery.

The Axios and Gallikos rivers’ geography has in reality been an important factor for the decision to create the historical city, by king Kassandros, successor of Alexander the Great.

Co-writer George Blionis talked about the transformations of the area along the years, connected with or due to its wetlands.

The Axios-Loudias-Aliakmonas wetland system is one of the ten wetlands in Greece protected by the Ramsar Convention.

Photo of the book presentation “Thessaloniki of waters”