Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos

The Protected Area of the National Park and UNESCO Global Geopark of Chelmos-Vouraikos, extends to the prefectures of Achaia and Corinthia and is bounded by the watersourses of the rivers Vouraikos, Krathis, Aroanios and the coastal zone of Diakofto. Its total area comprises about 647.000 acres.
The enormous ecological interest of the National Park is due to its floristic richness, as it hosts a high number of plant species – including Greek endemic, endemic of Peloponnese and local endemic species – many of them are either included on IUCN’s global Red Lists of Threatened Species and/or are integrated into an international protection regime. The aforementioned for the floristic richness are combined with the extensive presence of fir and black pine forests, as well as forests of broad-leaved oak to a lesser extent, giving a distinct ecological and aesthetic value to the mountainous landscape. The fauna of the region is also remarkable both at National and European level, including a large number of insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
The Global Geopark of Chelmos-Vouraikos is one of the six regions of the country that have joined to the UNESCO Global Geopark Network. The Global Geopark Network has so far consisted of 169 sites in 44 countries of the world and includes special areas of geological heritage or geo-diversity of global importance. Geoparks, as an idea, combine conservation with sustainable development and the involvement of local communities.
The Protected Area of Chelmos-Vouraikos has an exceptional geological history and hosts unique landscapes that combine with cultural heritage and excellent scientific, educational and tourist infrastructure such as the Cave of the Lakes with the 13 amazing underground lakes, the spring waters of the Aroanios river in Planitero, the Gorge of Vouraikos river with the outstanding Odontotos rack railway Diakopto – Kalavrita, the beautiful mountain lakes of Tsivlou and Doxa, the mythical waters of Styx, the facilities of the Environmental Educational Centre of Kleitoria – Akrata, the facilities of the Ski Center, the Aristarchos Telescope and others.
Responsible for the conservation, protection and good management of nature and landscape biodiversity of the area, as a natural heritage of national and global importance, is the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, established in 2002 and supervised by the Ministry of Environment and Energy. The Natura 2000 Areas included in the area of responsibility of the Management Body are four Special Areas of Conservation (1. Oros Chelmos and Ydata Stygos – GR2320002, 2. Vouraikos Gorge – GR2320003, 3. Kalavrita Aesthetic Forest – GR2320004, 4. Spilaio Kastrion – GR2320009), as well as a Special Protection Area for Birds (Vouraikos Gorge and Kalavryta Region – GR2320013). The most important, among other, actions of the Management Body are the programs of recording and monitoring of abiotic and biotic parameters of threatened ecosystems and of important and rare species of flora and fauna in the area, the organized environmental education programs as well as the guided tours within the National Park.
The protection and rational management of the area with the excellent natural, geomorphological and geological heritage, the development and stimulation of local socio-economic activities through the promotion of the region’s distinct character (natural and cultural resources, tradition, local cuisine) and the active participation of the residents and local authorities are among the most important objectives of Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark.

HOMM FAMILY FARMS

Homm farms consists of a small group of young producers. The extra virgin olive oil, the Corinthian black currant, the special fir honey and the wine, are some of the basic products that it produces on the mountain slopes of Aigialeia.

 

CULTURAL ASSOCIATION OF SELIANA “FELLOI"

Cultural Association Everywhere Selianites “I FELLOI”

HISTORICAL & FOLKLORE MUSEUM OF LONGOS

The Folklore Museum is dedicated to showcasing, promoting and educating on everyday life, occupations and the glorious past of Aigialeia. Our 500+sq.m permanent exhibition operating within a three-generation olive oil mill, await you.

THE HELIKE SOCIETY

The Helike Project under the direction of archaeologist Dora Katsonopoulou and co-direction of physicist Steven Soter carried out trial and systematic excavations bringing to light rich ancient remains.

HISTORICAL FOLKLORE COMPANY PHELLOE

The historical folklore company Phelloe is a historical research forum focused on the history and folklore of the Municipality of Aigialeia, in the Prefecture of Achaia, Peloponnese.

PROMETHEUS SPACE TECHNOLOGIES

Prometheus Space Technologies is a business in the space industry. It develops products that will help maintain the space and therefore ensuring the earth is safe in it.

FOLKLORIC DANCING GROUP OF AIGIO

The Folkloric Dancing Group of Aigio was founded in 1978 and today is one of the biggest, in number of dancers, Cultural Associations of Greece, which deal with the teaching, presentation and distribution of Greek traditional dances.

 

CULTURAL ASSOCIATION OF TEMENI “I ENOSI”

The Historical Cultural Association of Temeni “I ENOSI”, was founded in 1926 with the aim of preserving the cultural tradition and promoting the folk heritage.

FOLKLORIC DANCE WORKSHOP

The folkloric dance workshop It was founded in 2002 by people involved in folk culture and especially traditional dance. Participates dance festivals while he has collaborated with many important orchestras and with great artists.

ASSOCIATION OF BYZANTINE CHANTERS OF AIGIALEIA 1918 IOANNIS KOUKOUZELIS

Our organization has almost 50 members all related with Byzantine Music. Our purpose is to represent any of our members in matters of Byzantine Ekklisiastiki Music and others.

COMMERCIAL IMPORT & BUSINESS ASSOCIATION OF AIGIALEIA

The Commercial Association of Aigialeia was founded in 1880 and plays a leading role in the economic and tourist development in the city of Aigio.

HELLAS REVIVAL

Hellas Revival is the private business initiative of a group of Hellenic Culture admirers and professional experts.

ROUVALIS WINERY

The Rouvalis Winery is a small winery, designed for the production of quality terroir wines. It is built on the rock, in six different levels and it utilizes the natural gravity-flow in every stage of the wine making process.

HARMONY HOTEL APARTMENTS

Harmony Holiday Apartments with Hotel Service and Swimming Pool on the Peloponnese, Open All Year.

FARMERS UNION VOSTIZZA

Farmers Union Vostizza is the largest exporter of “Vostizza” type Corinthian raisins. It was founded in 1935 in Aigio when the Union of Raisin Cooperatives (1918) and the Raisin Bank of Vostizza merged, with the main purpose of collecting and marketing raisin producers.

KANELLI BEACH HOTEL

Small 3-star family hotel, 36 fully equipped rooms located on the beach in the village of Selianitika in the area of Aigialeia with swimming pool, restaurant, roof garden.

 

LONG BEACH RESORT

Long Beach Hotel in Aigio is a wonderful complex, situated at the north coast of Peloponnese.

TO VIMA TIS AIGIALEIAS

The newspaper «To Vima tis Aigialeias» was published in 1975, a few months after the dictatorship by the journalist Fanis Zouropoulos and for 40 years it was identified with the social, political, cultural and sports life of Aigialeia.

PROTIONLINE

Protionline.gr is a news electronic medium, which covers issues of the region of Aigialeia mainly, but also important news from Greece and the world.

CINEMA CLUB OF AIGIO

The Cinema Club of Aigio was originally founded in 1979. The aim is to create an active film community in the region of Aigialeia, following the standards of other cinema clubs throughout Greece and Europe.