The University of Crete – Natural History Museum of Crete (NHMC), in cooperation with the Association of Professional Stockbreeders of Heraklion Prefecture (SEKNH), the Group of Producers Stockbreeders of Crete «Kritika Mitata» and the Geotechnical Chamber of Greece – Branch of Crete (GEOTEEPK), implemented on Wednesday 13th of February 2013 a workshop on the topic: «Stockbreeding and Biodiversity in Crete».
The workshop was organized in the framework of the LIFE+ Nature & Biodiversity project on “Innovative Actions Against Illegal Poisoning in EU Mediterranean Pilot Areas” [LIFE09 NAT/ES/000533] in the pilot areas of Crete (mountainous areas of Idi, Asterousia and Dikti). The Association of Professional Stockbreeders of Heraklion Prefecture (SEKNH) and the Group of Producers Stockbreeders of Crete «Kritika Mitata» are already participating in the project as members of the “European Network of Stockbreeders Against Illegal Poisoning” (ENSAIP).
The main objective of the workshop was to highlight the problem of illegal use of poisoned baits, their impact on biodiversity and its connection to the conservation and development of the primary sector of Crete and especially to livestock breeding. Moreover, the major problems concerning the stockbreeders were discussed.
The workshop could be characterized as a scientific seminar, as all the presentations were highly informative. The crucial role of a healthy environment in the sustainability of stockbreeding was analyzed by all speakers. Furthermore, the importance of biodiversity in agricultural food chain, on economic development (e.g. tourism) and social cohesion (e.g. by strengthening the image of stockbreeders in local communities) was pointed out.
Within the framework of the project LIFE09 NAT/ES/000533, the University of Crete – Natural History Museum of Crete (NHMC), in collaboration with members of the European Network of Stockbreeders Against Illegal Poisoning (ENSAIP), has scheduled to make three (3) more workshops in the aforementioned pilot areas of Crete for year 2013. In addition, public events will be held in order to raise awareness among local communities on the consequences of illegal use of poisoned baits in biodiversity and its importance on the sustainable development of the island.