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Tough Measures to Protect Kyparissia Shoreline, Sea Turtle

Kyparissia GulfConsidered one of the most well preserved coasts in Greece, and home to the endangered loggerhead sea turtle, the Kyparissia Gulf in the western Peloponnese, has come into the spotlight after a recent government decision which toughens restrictions for the use of the shoreline.

The ministerial decision defines two zones, one including the dunes and coastal areas of Alpheus – Neda to the Brazeri stream and the second covering the seaside area of the Gulf of Kyparissia. Any forms of construction in these areas is prohibited and the decision also provides for the demolition of illegal buildings along the shoreline between Katakolo and Kyparissia.

Swimming and water sports will be allowed in specific areas of the shoreline. Additionally, mild tourist development – agrotourism units up to 120 beds – is allowed with strict conditions and restrictions in designated areas of the shoreline.

The decision comes days ahead of the expiry of building permits in the region. Had the government not proceeded with the decision, Greece would have to face the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for failure to implement environmental legislation in the Gulf of Kyparissia which guarantees the protection of the Caretta caretta sea turtle.

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