Olympus national park

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The same time that the magazine Ecologists classifies Olympus at the top ten of National Parks of Europe, the Greek government, exempts 5,000 acres of the mountain from the zone of absolute protection. The new presidential decree, presented by the ministry of "Environment" would reduce the zone of absolute protection from  40.000 acres to 35.000, subtracting the area around the shelter Spilios Agapitos.

Moreover, establishes a second protection zone area of 46.000 acres, where recreational facilities are allowed and a third zone which incorporates the existing settlements in the region and where the building will be allowed to areas more than ten acres. According to a report in Eleftherotypia, the new ordinance facilitates foreign investors, who plan to purchase large properties in the area.

The fact that the specific area was excluded from the absolute protection status is suspicious. There lies the old, deserted monastery of St. Dionisios, which is close to the canyon of Enipeas. Just above is the site Prionia a former mountain retreat, and now the tavern. The road from Litohoro ends there but its last mile really massacred the mountain.
We do not know what kind of small footprint facilities include the plans of the investors, but judging from the current situation in several environmentally sensitive areas of the country, this could mean the beginning of the end for that piece of the mountain. What we would like to see is the extension of zone of absolute protection around the mountain.
In 2002, the park had "lost" other 4,250 acres,  won the abbey of St. Denis by decision of the Supreme Court. Overall, the monastery owns more than 66,000 acres of property with titles from the years of Ottoman rule.




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