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Park for the Preservation of Flora and Fauna

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Greece - Crete - Chania

Institution Code: TUCCG

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

View of the Park for the Preservation of Flora and Fauna
View of the Park for the Preservation of Flora and Fauna

About the Park for the Preservation of Flora and Fauna

At a time that living organisms are disappearing at an alarming rate, especially through habitat destruction, the Park for the Preservation of Flora and Fauna of the Technical University of Crete, which extends to 30 hectares, constitutes a small but important area where native plants and co-existing animals are protected and can develop without human intervention.

Crete is home to a particularly rich flora including 1893 documented plant species of which 159 are endemic to the island. Τen percent of Cretan plants are considered threatened and need protection. The Park is unique in Crete and one of only a few in Greece.

Its aims are:
a.Conservation of the native plants of Crete with particular emphasis on threatened and endemic species, as well as species with economic and cultural value such as medicinal, aromatic, dye plants, plants used for handicrafts and construction, for environmental protection, etc.
b. Research and Education regarding:The dangers that threaten biodiversity, The consequences of biodiversity loss, The sustainable use of biodiversity, The preservation of traditional knowledge on the uses of native plants.
c. Raising public awareness of:The dangers that threaten biodiversity, The consequences of biodiversity loss,
The sustainable use of biodiversity,The preservation of traditional knowledge on the uses of native plants.
d. Recreation for visitors
The Park is a center for the development of environmental tourism.
e. Development of a collaboration network with national and international organizations and botanical gardens in Greece and abroad for exchange of information, ideas, problems, solutions and coordination of actions.

Main Address:
Park for the Preservation of Flora and Fauna
Technical University of Crete
Chania
Crete 73100 Greece

Telephone: +30 28 210 55 988
Fax: +30 28210 40 110
URL: www.park.tuc.gr
Primary Email: park@mail.tuc.gr

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Prof. Yannis Phillis
    Curator's Name: Dr Melpomeni Skoula
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Ms Costanza Dal Cin D'Agata
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 5
    Educational Staff Number: 2
    Research Staff Number: 3
    Administration Staff Number: 3

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 2004
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 20 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 10 Hectares
  • Total Area: 30 Hectares
    Latitude: 35.5090
    Longitude: 24.0253
    Annual Rainfall: 700 mm
    Altitude: 50.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 60 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: ΠΑΡΚΟ ΔΑΣΩΣΗΣ ΧΛΩΡΙΔΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΠΑΝΙΔΑΣ
  • Local Address: ΠΟΛΥΤΕΧΝΕΙΟ ΚΡΗΤΗΣ 73100 ΧΑΝΙΑ ΕΛΛΑΔΑ
  • Locality: City: ΧΑΝΙΑ
  • Locality: State: ΚΡΗΤΗ

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 950
    Arboretum: Yes
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 4000
    Number of Volunteers: 5

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 200

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: Yes
    Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: No
    Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: No
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: Yes
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: Yes
    Pharmacology: Yes
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: No
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: No
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes