Action since 1988
MEDASSET has been active in Greece, since its founding in 1998. The rapid and uncontrolled tourism development in Zante, the most important nesting habitat of the Caretta caretta sea turtle in the Mediterranean was the occasion that led to the creation of the Association.
Our work includes the research, study and protection of important habitats, actively intervening when necessary and applying pressure on environmental policy issues. We aim to introduce and improve environmental legislation and protection measures. As a result, sea turtles and their habitats, the coasts and seas, will be effectively protected.
Biodiversity Conservation and Environmental Awareness
With an initiative by MEDASSET, a new institutional framework for the protection of sea turtles in Greece and the rest of the Mediterranean was created. Laws for the protection of important nesting beaches, like the Bay of Lagana in Zante, were supported. At the same time, we promote sustainable development in Greece, by applying pressure on policies regarding fishing and pollution.
Moreover, we systematically work on raising awareness through environmental education programs and publication of educational Kits. Our primary activities include informing and educating citizens, groups and stakeholders. By doing so, we actively contribute towards raising general public’s awareness and towards boosting society’s environmental education.
In collaboration with other institutions, MEDASSET provides constant and up to date consulting for national and international stakeholders that either have general influence or are funding application or research programs for the protection of sea turtles. We contribute to the education of relevant groups, such as fishermen, by conducting programs for the rescue of injured sea turtles. At the same time we promote and support program development for effective management of coastal and marine ecosystems in collaboration with other national or international NGOs. By doing so, we contribute to local, national, international and transnational efforts for biodiversity conservation.
For an integrated management of environmental issues, the dynamic participation of governments and the contribution of societies, including regional organizations, NGOs, the private sector, etc. are vital. Therefore we collaborate with international bodies like the Mediterranean Action Plan of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP/MAP), the Standing Committee for the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention) of the European Council, the Regional Activity Center for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA) of the UNEP/MAP, nationals and international institutes and NGOs (BCG, Animal Action, HCI, WWF, MIO-ECSDE, ARCHELON etc.). In addition we collaborate with local authorities, institutes and private sector companies.