Greece is to draft its first ever national strategy to protect the country’s biodiversity, it was revealed on Wednesday.
Environment Minister Yiannis Maniatis said that he has signed a ministerial decision that paves the way for a 15-year strategy to be adopted 14 years after Greek authorities first began discussing such a scheme.
“We are already taking the next step in implementing our national strategy by preparing a coherent action plan,” said Maniatis.
The minister, however, will likely come up against the government’s own legislation. For instance the national biodiversity strategy foresees the creation of a national system to care for protected areas, whereas the ministry recently passed a law allowing some building and commercial activity in forested areas.