, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 548–556 | Cite as

Inventory of Greek wetlands as natural resources

  • George C. Zalidis
  • Antonis L. Mantzavelas


This effort is the first approximation for an inventory of Greek wetlands that will be used to create a national archives of wetland information. The objectives of this study were to a) collect data on characteristics, functions, threats, and positive actions related to the use of wetlands, b) design and develop a data base with the above information, and c) depict part of these data on a digitized thematic map. The project consisted of a) design of a questionnaire that would be easy to understand and fill out, comprehensive, and compatible with data formats of other international data bases (Ramsar Bureau. CORINE Biotopes), b) distribution of the questionnaire, c) data quality control, d) design and development of the data base, and e) depiction of the location of the types of Greek wetlands proportional to their size on a scale of 1∶1,000,000. The results included the publication of the compiled information sheets for 378 Greek wetlands. These data sheets contain information on the location, the area, the most important biotic and abiotic characteristics, the values, the uses, the pressures threatening the wetlands, the legal status, and the positive actions. Additional results included the number and the location of drained wetlands, the preliminary results on the wetland flora of Greece, and a digitized map of Greek wetlands.

Key Words

inventory wetlands national archives wetland archives 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • George C. Zalidis
    • 1
  • Antonis L. Mantzavelas
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Agronomy Faculty of AgricultureAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.Greek Biotope/Wetland Centre (EKBY)ThessalonikiGreece

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