“Turdus and Excelsa”…


Wednesday 20 September 2017

…a tiny thrush and an old juniper tree, the two heroes of a fairytale meet in the Municipal Library in order to motivate and inspire the children of Prespa.

Goat herds return for the second year in restored Juniper forests!


Monday 17 July 2017

200 goats graze in an area of 200 ha in the juniper forests of the Psarades village in Prespa since the 5th July 2017.

The introduction of grazing as tool to limit the expansion of broadleaved species in selected juniper forests is one of the priorities of the project LIFE12 NAT/GR/539 – JunEx, which has been running in the last four years for the conservation of the priority habitat type *9562 “Grecian Juniper Woods”.

Junipers keep traveling


Wednesday 22ndMarch 2017

As a part of the three day celebrations for the International Day of Forests  of the Technological Education Institute of Central Greece in Karpenisi,  the benefits of using grazing as a forest recovery tool was presented through the example of Grecian Juniper Woods (GJWs)in Prespa.

Juniper forests travel on the occasion of the international Day of forests


Tuesday 21st March 2017

The Grecian Juniper Woods are celebrating the International Day of Forests by traveling with the LIFE 12 NAT/GR/539 JunEx project. Organizations and institutions from all the Mediterranean countries are celebrating the day within the5th Mediterranean Forest week, one of the major exchange forums on Mediterranean Forests, in Agadir, Morocco.

Bodies and residents of the Transboundary Prespa discussing for the junipers


On November 3, 2016, a transboundary meeting on "Measures to protect the juniper forests: Prospects for the Transboundary Prespa was held at Old City Hall of Laimos, Prespa.Greece is the only Member State of the EU where the habitat type * 9562 Greek Juniper Forests appears and only in Prespa. That is why is very important the cross-border cooperation between the management bodies of the area.

Invitation to a meeting

Τhe forthcoming meeting under the LIFE-JunEx programme "Protecting the Juniper Forests of the Transbounday Prespa",  will be held in Lemos, Prespa, GR on Thursday 3 November.
You can see the agenda of the meeting here

Networking meeting between LIFE JunEx and LIFE ForOpenForests in "Ethnikos Drymos Oitis" and "Kallidromo" of Sterea Ellada"


A successful meeting, from 29 to 31 March 2016, as regards networking and exchange of knowledge and experiences, was  held, from the implementation of the Life+ project "Restoration and Conservation of Greek Forests habitat in Prespa National Park" and Life+ "Conservation of priority forests and forest openings priority in "Ethnikos Drymos Oitis" and "Kallidromo" of Sterea Ellada".

The activities for the re-introduction of grazing are in full progress

Silivicultural measures including logging of broadleaved trees with the aim to enhance the regeneration conditions of Juniper are being implemented since summer 2015. So far the first phase of logging activities has been completed (in early spring 2015), while the second phase is currently in progress and expected to be completed in the coming spring (March 2016). Silvicultural treatments are being implemented in the wider area of Psarades village on Devas Mountain, while the first logging operations were implemented along old corridors used by goat and sheep herds in the past.

Walk in the forests of Prespa with your phone as a guide!


Press Release, October, 8th 2015

Autumn: One of the best times to visit Prespa. Earthy colors, the smell of the first rains, autumn mushrooms, wild fruits and many more make up the landscape of an autumn walk in the juniper forests of Prespa. Guided by your mobile phone and the new Prespa Juniper application, tour the forests and discover their secrets.

Networking LIFE+ projects: JunEx in Prespa and JUNIPERCY in Cyprus

As part of the LIFE + JunEx project activities is to establish routes of communication and the exchange of information and expertise with other projects, organizations and scientists that can provide input to the project or make use of its results. In this framework, SPP exchanged visits with the team of the LIFE + JUNPERCY, a project which promotes and enables the long term conservation of the endemic forests with Juniperus spp. in Cyprus.

4th Mediterranean Forest Week and MEDFORVAL network

During the week 17-20 March, SPP participated to the 4th meeting of stakeholders for the Mediterranean forests with the theme of the week being “Improving livelihoods: the role of Mediterranean forest value chains in a green economy”. The purpose of these meetings is to bring together all the Mediterranean stake holders, such as ministries, forest inspections, NGOs, National Parks, academics, independent researchers and foresters, and exchange knowledge, experiences and practices that can benefit the conservation and management of the Mediterranean forests.

Participation in an international scientific conference for the Mediterranean Ecosystems

Within the framework of networking with other LIFE projects the SPP participated in the conference under the title "Enhancing Biodiversity in Mediterranean Ecosystems from Theory to Practice" that was organized at 18-20 June. The conference was organized by VERENIKE LIFE 09 NAT/GR/000326 project: "Use of innovative practices and new technology in the production of wide variety and high quality forestry seedlings in order to enhance regeneration success and increase biodiversity (2010-2014)”.