Meeting for the Varibopi Reset Initiative.
Meeting for the Varibopi Reset Initiative
The Rector of the Agricultural University of Athens, Professor Spyridon Kintzios and the Vice Rector for Research and Lifelong Learning, Professor Stavros Zografakis, honored as the formal guests, the event held on Friday, the 22nd of October for the Initiative entitled “Varibopi Reset”. Τhe kick-off meeting took place at the central amphitheater of the VIANEX Group, on the site of Varympompi, by participating either, by means of physical appearance, or through teleconference of at least 98 business representatives, as the result of the Initiative undertaken by the President and Managing Director of the VIANEX Group, Mr. Dimitrios Giannakopoulos. That meeting pertained to the information of all the participants, as well as the necessity for finding private resources concerning the restoration of the burned areas in the suburb of Varympompi.
In the first place, Mr. Dimitrios Giannakopoulos mentioned at his greeting that the Agricultural University of Athens provides a guarantee for that project. This is indeed, proved by the participation of the Institution into a great deal of Research Programs besides the constant Academic Agreements and Collaborations that have been conluding.
In particular, Mr. Dimitrios Giannakopoulos with a view to the reforestation, urban renewal and restoration of the suburb of Varympompi, made reference to the fact that the Agricultural University of Athens is going to elaborate a complete scientific redevelopment study of the environs. A large number of companies will contribute to the accomplishment of such a detailed and sophisticated project; these enterprises reacted positively to the call of the VIANEX Group, with the ultimate objective of restoring the burned areas in the suburb of Varympompi and “going green" again.
Αfterwards, the Rector of the Agricultural University of Athens, Professor Spyridon Kintzios, included in his speech the historic role of the University upon the crucial matters that Greece has been facing. Furthermore, the AUA Rector highlighted that the Agricultural University of Athens constitutes one of the leading Institutions throughout Greece, being an expert on environmental issues, possessing valuable know - how and the proper scientific staff as well, in order to implement an integral and comprehensive proposal with consistency, following a methodical approach, too. In addition, the Rector of the Agricultural University of Athens, Professor Spyridon Kintzios, stated that the participation of the University into such a significant Initiative that aims at the common benefit for society as a whole is a highly honored invitation.
Subsequently, the Vice Rector for Research and Lifelong Learning, Professor Stavros Zografakis, presented the key aspects of the Study. Specifically, the Vice Rector clarified that the working group to be established will consist of Professors and scientific personnel of all the AUA Departments, especially of the competent members whose subject modules are closely, related to the above issues.
At the next stage of his presentation, the Vice Rector for Research and Lifelong Learning, Professor Stavros Zografakis, analysed the most important Actions which will be associated with the development of Μonitoring Αctions, inasmuch the forming of pertinent Actions for the restoration of the burned forest ecosystems, the public suburban and urban areas, as well as the cultural sites in the surrounding area of the suburb of Varympompi, including the planning οf the forest management with the purpose of the fire protection.
The parameters that will be involved in the fundamental objects of the Study are described as follows:
- Demarcation and calculation of the burned areas of the wide range of the land uses,
- Monitoring of the hydro - geomorphological data of the hectares (acres) of forest land ripped through by raging wildfires,
- Surveillance of the natural regeneration progress of the forest parts hit by ravaging fires,
- Collection of seeds and the production of the suitable planting material,
- Actions for urban and suburban green spaces,
- Study for the protection of the residential areas against any forthcoming possible fire incidents.
At the conluding part of his presentation, the Vice Rector mentioned that the meetings to be scheduled, will be held at the premises of the Agricultural University of Athens with the special offer of the Working Groups, that will be set up for the implementation of that great effort.