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Greece: “Green Development” in Olympia Region

PLANT(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Five ministers accompanied the premier during his visit to the area, along with Spanish urban planner Josep Acebillo, who will have the central role in designing the restoration of the area.  The regional plan features the establishment of a new International School of Sports, Olympism and Civilisation, and the further expansion of the International Olympic Truce Centre, so that Olympia could become the centre for peace and cooperation initiatives among nations.  A new bill will focus on green development, which could become a model for the whole country, Papandreou pointed out, during his visit to the region. The project is “an initial effort to attract international interest for offers and investment in the region,” he said.

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Greece: Hydra’s Ecology University

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   The 11th summer Ecology University will be held this year on the island of Hydra, from July 6 to 24, with four-hour seminars for teachers, environmentalists, engineers, local government officials, students and anyone interested in the latest news and trends in environmental science and sustainable development.  The theme this year is water conservation. There will also be a programme of evening lectures for the public.  Held by the Interdisciplinary Institute for Environmental Research with the cooperation of the Municipality of Hydra, the courses consist of three modules beginning on July 6, 13 and 20.  Information: Ecological University (in Greek)