Roads and nature in Greece

Research by the Biodiversity Conservation Lab (University of Ioannina) and Perivallontiki has recently produced insights into the roadless areas of Greece.

Roadless areas are often nature hotspots. Roads, especially in protected areas, can be an ecological disaster. They are a great danger to biodiversity in many ways, fragmenting ecosystem, causing habitat loss and also affecting directly wild flora and fauna.

The research points out that Greece is one of the countries in Europe with the highest number of roadless areas, defined as areas of at least 1 square kilometer at a distance of at least 1 km to the nearest road. But the pace of fragmentation and road construction is accelerating.

All the biggest roadless areas in Greece are mountain regions, and the biggest one, with a surface of over 250 square kilometers, is in the White Mountains in Crete.

You can see an impressive video produced by the researchers here:

The original paper (in Greek):

Kati, V., Kassara, Ch., Psaralexi, M., Tzortzakaki, O. PetridouM., PapaioannouH., Galani. A. 2020. The Roadless Areas (RAs) as a tool of environmental planning in Greece. Pindos Perivallontiki & University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece: 10p.


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