We are looking for entrepreneurs who can have a positive impact on one of the following conservation challenges in Gyaros or Dadia.

Gyaros: the largest breeding population of Monachus-monachus in the Mediterranean

Conservation business for Gyaros Protected Area in Cyclades

Conservation challenge

Gyaros, the former exile islet where history meets pristine nature, is the home of the largest breeding population of endangered monk seal Monachus-monachus in the Mediterranean Sea. The sea floor around Gyaros is largely covered by Coralligenous reefs and Posidonia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posidonia_oceanica)  beds providing shelter and breeding ground for a number of marine organisms, while rare birds of prey are also using the area as feeding and breeding ground.

The most important future threat to the protection of the region, is the uncontrolled human activities and the unsustainable use of marine resources.

The opportunity

Gyaros presents a unique opportunity to build a successful example of a marine protected area that will operate effectively for the benefit of both humans and the natural environment proving the coexistence of nature protection and improvement of local livelihoods, through sustainable local development.

Examples of areas of impact that entrepreneurs could target:

  • New low impact tourism activities within or closely linked with the Gyaros Marine Protected Area, with a possible channeling part of the revenues to support the management of the area.
  • New local entrepreneurship related to fisheries and low impact tourism which will highlight the natural and cultural/historical heritage of the region.

Apply for WWF Impact Ventures – GYAROS MPA!

Dadia: a unique mosaic for the vultures in the whole of Europe

Conservation business for Dadia-Lefkimi-Soufli Forest National Park in Municipality of Soufli

CONSERVATION CHALLENGE

Located in Northern Greece, on one of the two main bird migration routes to Africa, the Dadia Forest is renowned as possibly the single most significant feeding and breeding ground for rare raptors in Europe. It hosts the only colony of the endangered Black vulture in the Balkan Peninsula, while it constitutes one of the last remaining refugee in Greece for the globally threatened Egyptian vulture. The illegal “practice” of poisoned baits to manage carnivore populations, is the main threat to their survival. Also, due to the decrease in free-grazing livestock and the abandonment of small scale agriculture, the openings in the forest become lesser and smaller contributing to the decrease of food availability for vultures. Learn more about it.

THE OPPORTUNITY

To provide the tools, especially to the younger generation, to build skills of sustainable entrepreneurship as a barrier to abandoning the area .To lay the foundations for the activation of controlled livestock and small scale agriculture within the protected area, that will reshape the necessary landscape in vultures’ habitat.      

The areas of impact that entrepreneurs could target:

  • New activities that will support local and in particular youth entrepreneurship, aiming at keeping the area economically active, through the development of ideas that will benefit the protection of the vultures’ habitat.
  • New activities related to livestock and small scale agriculture that could support the ecological balance of the region.

Apply for WWF Impact Ventures – Dadia