Management works in Amvrakikos Gulf
 
Restoration of habitats in Drana lagoon
 
 

Restoration works of Drana lagoon in Evros Delta

The drainage of Drana lagoon took place in 1987. Its restoration included the implementation of several technical works. These works included the restoration of the peripheral embankment, the improvement of the lagoon's bed, the creation of a deep "wintering" ditch for the protection of fish population, the creation of a peripheral ditch, filled with argilic material that can function as a "sealed wall" against leakage, for the prevention of salt water leakage from the lagoon to the nearby areas and the reconstruction of the entrance gate for the access of see water.
These specific technical works that took place, contributed to the restoration of Drana lagoon and the reestablishment of a lost natural ecosystem in the western Evros Delta.

Additional restoration works in the western Evros Delta

Technical works took place in the western Evros Delta, that included the restoration of a wet meadow at the north of the lagoon and the restoration of a barrage at Loutros stream.
At an area that is situated at the north of the lagoon, a network of channels and sluices was created, so as fresh water can remain during more time at the area and many breeding and migratory bird species can stay there. The wet meadow will be additionally supplied with fresh water through the barrage of Loutros stream that was reestablished and will retain fresh water for winter. These works will prevent the increase of salinity in the area.

Restoration of riparian vegetation in Evros Delta

The riparian woodland areas were deforested in order to be given in agriculture. Many of the big riparian trees are really important for the survival of protected / threatened bird species and especially of the endangered raptors. Plantations of native woodland species, which once were abandoned in the area, took place and in the mean time these plantations were protected from grazing through fencings.

Sand dune restoration

The coastal sand dunes at the area of Strofylia Forest have been subjected big destruction, mainly due to the transit and the parking of vehicles and the visitors' attraction during the summertime.
A row of appropriately oriented wooden pieces were placed on the sand dunes, so as sand can be accumulated. This pilot project had big success and led to the recreation of the sand dunes at a length of more than 400 meters.