Who we work with

ARCHELON works closely with state agencies, the local authorities, Management Bodies of protected areas, institutions, other NGOs, fishermen and local inhabitants in order to mitigate and reverse population reduction of sea turtles. ARCHELON is also a Partner to the UNEP/Mediterranean Action Plan, a member of the European Union for the Conservation of the Coasts (EUCC). Members of ARCHELON participate in the IUCN/Marine Turtle Specialist Group and contribute to the formulation of the international strategy for the conservation of sea turtles.

Through the years we have developed collaboration with a number of Greek, EU and international Institutions. See below the list of Institutions in Greece and abroad that we work with in our current projects.

Greek Research Institutes and other bodies supervised by the public sector

Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)

  • Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture
  • Institute of Oceanography
  • Hydro biological Station of Rhodes
  • Creta Aquarium

Ministry of Environment and Energy, General Directorate of Environmental Policy

  • Green Fund
  • Management Body of National Marine Park of Zakynthos
  • Management Body of National Park of Amvrakikos wetlands
  • Management Body of National Park of Kotychi – Strofylia wetlands and Kyparissiakos Gulf
  • Management Body of National Park of Messolonghi and Aitoliko lagoons
  • Management Body of the Samaria National Park
  • Management Body of protected areas of Central and Eastern Crete
  • Management Body of protected areas of Parnon- Moustos-Menalon and Monemvasia
  • Management Body of protected areas of Aherontas, Kalamas and Corfu

International Organizations

  • IUCN- International Union for the Conservation of Nature
  • International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS)
  • Bern Convention
  • UNEP-Mediterranean Action Plan/RAC-Specially Protected Areas
  • Barcelona Convention
  • Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)
  • MAVA Foundation for Nature
  • GVI (Global Vision International)

European collaborations

  • European Commission, General Directorate for the Environment
  • EVS (European Voluntary Service)

State Services and Local Governments

  • Ministry of Marine and Island policies – Hellenic Coastal Guard headquarters
  • Coastal Guard Services in Zakynthos, Rethymno, Chania, Souda, Heraklion, Ag. Nikolaos, Kokkinos Pyrgos and Sitia
  • Ministry of Education, Research and Religious affairs
  • Directorate for education on environment & sustainability
  • Centre of environmental education of Arachthos & Centre of environmental education of Vamos
  • Decentralised Adminitration Units in Peloponnese, Western Greece, Ionian islands and Crete
  • Directorates of Environment and Spatial development in the Regions of Peloponnese, Western Greece, Ionian islands and Crete
  • Environmental authorities of the Regional Units of Zakynthos, Heraklion, Rethymno, Chania, Messinia, Ilia and Lakonia
  • Municipalities of Glyfada Attikis, Laganas Zakynthos, Zakynthos, Pylos- Nestor, Trifyllia, Zacharo, Anatoliki Mani, Evrota, Rethymno, Chania, Festos

Organizations and Associations

  • International Program “Blue Flag” – Hellenic Society for the protection of nature
  • Society “Tulipa Goulimi” in Lakonia
  • Society "Kateleios" for the study and protection of marine and terrestrial life in Kefallonia
  • Naxos Ιsland Wildlife Protection Society


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