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Funds dry up for wetland centers

THESSALONIKI – Two information centers in wetlands in northern Greece protected by the international Ramsar Convention are threatened with closure due to a lack of funds. The centers, one on the Axios River which has guided 20,000 people through the area, and the other at the Koronia and Volvi lakes, have carried out special programs, including a pioneering one for primary school children, as well as providing support for local organic farmers, livestock breeders and agrotourism in the area. At Lake Volvi, just 20-25 kilometers outside the city of Thessaloniki, there has been a program to save perch from extinction. According to the Thessaloniki Development Company, responsible for operating the centers, funding for both centers will have stopped by the end of this month.