2000 GREEK ISLANDS

Greece has more than 2000 islands in the AEGEAN SEA and IONIAN   ( west of mainland Greece ). Of these 2,000 islands, only 154 are actually inhabited and represent 15 of the Greek population. The islands are divided into 7 large groups:   IONIAN ISLANDS, SARONIC ISLANDS, CYCLADES, EASTERN CYCLADES or SMALL CYCLADES,  DODEKANISOS, and the SPORADES. The two largest islands, the CRETE   and EUBEE, occupy a special place.

On the 15,000 km of the Greek coast, 4,000 km correspond to the contours of the continental coast to which we must add the 11,000 km of coastline of the islands.

Each island is a story in its own right and just because they are a few hundred meters apart doesn’t mean they look the same. Quite the contrary! The traditions are different, the cuisine is different, the expressions, the language and intonations, the songs and dances are different and often a deep resentment for the neighbor. Football matches between the islands are sometimes epic and sometimes end with difficulty.

ENVIRONMENT

It is true that ecology is not the main concern of the  GREECE
. Nevertheless, while the importance of safeguarding and protecting the environment is a recent concern, it is becoming increasingly important, as is ecotourism.

For a long time, nature was sacrificed to the traditions and economic needs of the country. The Olive Tree, for example, the Greeks’ favourite tree for its oil and wood, is directly responsible for the aridity of the soils and the rocky landscape in much of Greece! From ancient times, the Greeks began to destroy primitive forests in order to replace them with olive trees, but since they had no surface roots to maintain the soil, the fertile layers were gradually washed away by erosion.

The expansion of the Greek navy and shipbuilding, then the tourist explosion and forest fires, do not promote the protection of the environment. All these factors have led to excessive deforestation with negative consequences for the country. For example, a large number of national and local measures have been taken in recent years to combat deforestation. The European Union also supports the vast ecological project of the expansion of the Greek navy and shipbuilding, then the tourist explosion and forest fires, have not promoted environmental protection. All these factors have led to excessive deforestation with negative consequences for the country. For example, a large number of national and local measures have been taken in recent years to combat deforestation. The European Union also supports Greece’s vast ecological project.

In the islands of the DODECANESE,   one of the main ecological challenges is access to fresh water. Many islands are not self-sufficient in the water, and efforts are being made to conserve stocks and make freshwater resources profitable. The experience of the small island of TILOS

  is now used as a model for other Greek islands, but also throughout Europe world article

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