Increased incidents of wild animals in need of rescue and rehabilitation on the Cycladic islands, lack of adequate knowledge by the local authorities as well as, coordinated discussions amongst environmental protection NGOs and the relevant national Authorities regarding the necessity of well-established information and rescue networks for the recuperation of wildlife and the collection of valuable data of their populations and their habitats, has resulted to the acknowledgement of the need for the establishment of a regional information network for wildlife rescue in the Cyclades.
The value of such a network is precious: an information and rescue network will not only provide the information necessary for the focusing of research activities targeting certain species that result in the formulation of specific and effective protection measures, but it will also allow for the timely location, immediate rescue and rehabilitation of individuals of these species in need of care and identifying important health issues.
Monk Seals: In 2021 alone, there were a total of 10 cases of seals throughout the country requiring rescue, 3 of them were found in the Cyclades.
Sea Turtles: In the Cyclades, during the last decade, a total of 23 rescue cases of sea turtles (Caretta caretta and Chelonia mydas) have taken place by Naxos Wildlife Protection Association.
Cetacean: There is high concern for the conservation status and survival of 10- 14 cetacean populations living, reproducing, feeding or moving in Greek waters, including the Aegean Sea.
Migratory birds: Alkyone treats and rehabilitates 600 to 800 wild animals per year. Immediate first aid support and transportation to the Hospital is vital for their survival.
This regional network Cyclades Care for Wildlife (CCfW) unifies four environmental organizations each with their own expertise in certain species, and the Cyclades Preservation Fund (CPF), in the common goal of coordinated actions in protecting wild life in the Cyclades:
Naxos Wildlife Protection Association with an expertise in sea turtles,
Alkioni-Aegean Wildlife Hospital with an expertise in smaller / terrestrial wild animals and mainly wild birds,
ARION-Cetacean Rescue and Rehabilitation Research Center with an expertise in cetaceans,
και Mom-Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of Monk Seals with an expertise in Mediterranean monk seals.
The network will make use of and build on the contacts of all entities in the region, complementing and supporting each other and resulting in a combined Cyclades Wildlife Coordinated Network.
What does the project deliver in practice?
The aim of the project is the improvement and dissemination of knowledge on the status, threats and needs of wildlife in the Cyclades by the local community, authorities, experts and visitors, as well as the significant improvement of conservation and health status of key wildlife species in the Cyclades.
√ Establishing of a Cycladic Information and Rescue Network for Wildlife that enables the creation of a hub of trained volunteers, IF POSSIBLE, in each Cycladic island.
√ Increasing public awareness of issues faced by wildlife in need, in the Cyclades.
√ Promoting expert and active citizen participation in marine conservation efforts.
√ Offering training and practical support to local and regional authorities for immediate response in cases of injured/sick/orphaned/entangled wild animals.
√ Collecting and providing seasonal and yearly regional data in national and European relevant wildlife stranding and sighting databases.
√ Making the network and the Observation CCfW forms for the accurate and immediate reporting of animal sightings known to the general public and giving guidelines for the rescues.
ΕΧΕΙΣ ΕΔΡΑ ΣΤΙΣ ΚΥΚΛΑΔΕΣ ΚΑΙ ΘΕΛΕΙΣ ΝΑ ΕΚΠΑΙΔΕΥΤΕΙΣ ΩΣ ΕΘΕΛΟΝΤΗΣ?
ARE YOU BASED ON ONE OF THE CYCLADIC ISLANDS AND INTERESTED IN JOINING THE CCfW NETWORK AND BECOME A VOLUNTEER FOR US?
Παρακαλούμε, συμπλήρωσε την φόρμα εκδήλωσης ενδιαφέροντος (στα ελληνικά)!
Please, fill in this registration form (in Greek)!
ΣΥΝΑΝΤΗΣΕΣ ΕΝΑ ΑΓΡΙΟ ΖΩΟ (ζωντανό, τραυματισμένο ή νεκρό) ΣΤΙΣ ΚΥΚΛΑΔΕΣ?
DID YOU FIND A WILD ANIMAL (alive or injured or dead) IN THE CYCLADES?
Παρακαλούμε, συμπλήρωσε την κατάλληλη φόρμα παρατήρησης (στα ελληνικά)!
Please fill in the right observation form (in Greek)!
Check out this short video presented on ERT TV (starting at min6) showcasing the kick-off event with the official presentation of CCfW on Syros in November 2023!
Learn more about:
Naxos Wildlife Protection Association εδώ
Alkioni-Aegean Wildlife Hospital εδώ
ARION-Cetacean Rescue and Rehabilitation Research Center εδώ
Mom-Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of Monk Seals εδώ.