Archive for the ‘Nature/environment’ Category

(photo Vories Sporades blog)

Last week an illegal dumping of building waste/rubble on Skopelos was discovered and posted on Facebook. The truck that dumped the waste and the origin of the waste was known but this is where the story would end normally. The ”crime” was done and was excepted. This phenomenon has been going on for many years, on Skopelos, now.

Because social media play a big role in discovering facts like the illegal dumping of waste, this time a group of people named Skopelos Green & Clean (old name is the do good group of Skopelos) thought they could continue and try to find out why the dumping of waste next to the road, in riverbeds and gorges is a act that is considered normal on Skopelos although it is illegal. Skopelos Green & Clean group

The first thing they did was send a press release to condemn the act and this press release was send to the local media. The second thing was to organize a meeting with the mayor and the vice mayor responsible for waste management. At this meeting we did not receive clear answers to our questions. The press release below was issued after that meeting. What Skopelos Green & Clean wants to know is: why is there no municipal space on the island where waste/rubble can be disposed of. The recycling plant can take a lot of waste/rubble but there must be a place where the rest can go and eventually get recycled/up-cycled.

Press Release
The recent disposal of rubble/building materials in a forest area on Skopelos island by people without a conscience has raised a storm of protest. Members of the environmental volunteers group “Skopelos Green & Clean have had a meeting with the mayor and vice mayor who is responsible for waste management on Tuesday the 9th of April.
One of the statements from the mayor was that the municipality has no area to dispose this waste.

The conclusion after this meeting is that there are no existing rules for the management and disposal of rubble/building materials and the protection of nature in the municipality. There is chaos. We conclude that the arguments of the mayor are naive.

This is a matter that needs to be looked at by the authorities and organizations. Surely, we’ll urge them to act.
Our environmental volunteers group with an extra 90 members, in the last week, will move forward and take any necessary actions to find out which responsibility lies where and demand that laws will be upheld and worked with.

We would like to invite the aspirant mayors , Mr. S. Perissis, Mr. D. Eustatiou and Mr. G. Anagnostou to comment on this enormous issue and tell everybody what their plans are for the management of recycling, waste, rubble and heavy materials. We invite them to start a conversation in the local media about the protection of this unique place that belongs to everybody on earth.
The nature of Skopelos is the biggest source of income for this island and many have an income via tourism. We also invite the aspirant mayors to tell us their plans for tourism on Skopelos in future years to come.

Skopelos, 10 April 2019

The waste/rubble has all been removed removed waste/rubble photos and not only the recently dumped material but also other older material. A lot of the waste has been transported to the recycling plant and the rest to the waste tip. The Skopelos Green & Clean group will continue to pressure the authorities to find solutions for the problem and implement solutions/rules as soon as possible so Skopelos stays green and clean for those who live on the island and for those who visit it.


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After two days of rain we finally have a clear day on Skopelos. This clarity is also showing in many people’s actions about matters that are close to their heart. When you really believe in something you want to fight for it and get to the bottom to make it work. This inspired mood I feel on Skopelos and it makes me happy.

In the past days a lot has happened around an environmental issue concerning Skopelos and many places in Greece; illegal dumping of garbage/rubble. I am happy that finally a group of people and some individuals have taken the decision and say, it is enough now, we have to change this because it concerns this beautiful island, the community and our future and that of our children. I will write more about it in a couple of days. I saw this quote this morning and it shows exactly what I mean.

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” (Martin Luther King Jr.)

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The do good group of Skopelos is a group of people who care about Skopelos and its nature and want to help keeping it clean but the group also wants to find solutions that stops people living on the island and visitors coming to the island from littering, dumping garbage and spoiling this beautiful island. Anybody can join the group. Just turn up at a cleaning event or say you want to join. There is a Facebook page:thedogoodgroupofskopelos. We try to take the names of all who want to participate and we have a messenger group so the group members hear about news and new actions. The people that don’t have messenger will be informed via email or telephone. The group has no teamleader, we are not a non profit organization, we are not subsidized, the only thing that is subsidized are the gloves and garbage bags which are given to us by BEST store in Skopelos. Anybody in the group that thinks a place should be cleaned can tell this to the group and this person will lead the following clean up action. It is simple, it is quick and effective. We try to clean once a month on a Sunday.

Yesterday a big group of about 50 people cleaned eight places on Skopelos. Part of the group were the scouts and we want to thank them especially for their efforts. The places that were cleaned were the road down from the helipad towards Agios Reginos, a part of the road towards the Agia Marina spring, the carpark in Skopelos, the piece of the harbor behind the Ammos beach and the ramp, the end of the ringroad near Mylos square, the beach opposite Muses restaurant and the part behind it, the beach opposite Skopelos Village and towards Karyatus bar. It was exhilirating to see so many people together for a common cause. Until the next time, all together !!

Road to Agia marina spring, before

Road to Agia marina spring, after



A huge thank you to everybody who helped and we were glad to see so many new faces.

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It has been very windy these last two days and many people had trouble getting on and off the island. Tonight at three we have to put our clocks forward to four. Don’t forget !!! The do good group of Skopelos has marked eight places that they would like to clean tomorrow, Sunday at 11 we will begin. Meeting point opposite Gikas bakery.

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Invitation of “The Do Good Group of Skopelos” for voluntary cleaning of Skopelos island in view of the upcoming touristic season.

The members of “The Do Good Group of Skopelos” are organizing a voluntary cleaning up on Sunday the 31st of March 2019 at 11.00 am, the meeting point being the port of Chora in Skopelos opposite Gikas bakery..

Participants will group up into teams and travel by private vehicles or on foot to the areas most in need. Garbage bags and plastic gloves will be offered by the “Best Shop” store in Skopelos.

This appeal concerns all residents of the island. We urge the local communities of Glossa and Neo Klima to be part of this action. We are looking forward to seeing the municipal candidates and consultants taking part as well, being that as it may be a great opportunity to demonstrate that they deserve the vote of their fellow citizens.

Associations, organizations, police department, fire Brigade, pupils, students, scouts and everyone on the island is invited. The first tourists must find Skopelos shining and clean. We all have to be there!

Skopelos, March 27th , telephone number 6982976600

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Greece is one of the few countries in Europa without a finalized land registry operation. The Greek government is trying, in various areas, to have land and house owners collect their property papers and have their property officially registered and land marked.

The deadline for registering your property (a piece of land, a villa or house on a piece of land or a house standing on its own in the countryside or in a town or a village) is the 12th of September 2019 (there might be an extension but this is not for sure)

Yesterday I visited the office that can register your property on Skopelos.
The office is situated next to the Avgo cafe, former Korali cafe, behind the playground in Skopelos town. I got all this information from them.

(entrance on the right side corner)

This office will only take all your papers to get the property registered and will not help you with the application. So foreigners who own a property here need to fill out the application forms themselves, collect the papers they need and register their property(ies) themselves or they need to find somebody who can help them with it. One possible solution could be the engineers who make topographies. They can also take on the registration for you (against payment) The application form is in Greek. See the link below plus photos with the English explanation. If you want to read more about it click here for Hellenic Cadastre

The papers that you need to submit are:
*a copy of the deed of the property
*a copy of your identity papers (if there are two or more owners of a property you need copies of all the identity papers of those owners)
* your Greek VAT number
*A topography of the property with GPS coordinates. It is no problem if this is an older topography, as long as it has the GPS coordinates
*The last paper is a paper from the land registry office which states that the property is signed over in your hands. It is usually the last paper of the deed. From this paper you need a copy too. If you cannot find it you need to go to the land registry office which is on the ring road below the elementary school. The office is behind the notary there.

If you own a property with a wife/husband/partner 50%-50% you need to pay 35 euros for each registration. If you own a piece of land with a house on it you don’t need to register the house etc. The important thing is the land, its size and where it is situated.

Opening times of the office:
ΔΕΥΤ is Monday
ΤΡ-ΤΕΤ is Tuesday and Wednesday
ΠΕΜ is Thursday

This is the form (in Greek) that you need to fill out. Click land registry form

I have added the three pages with an English explanation (sorry for the bad photo’s)

Good luck everybody!

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Almond iron will

I don’t think plants speak but they sure have ways to show you they want to continue living! This almond fell between some stones we have picked up from the beach. Because there was also some soil around the almond it could grow roots and start growing its leaves. We now have moved the small plant to more fertile soil and it’s now living in a small pot plant. Let’s see how it continues to grow there.

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