In the frames of F:ACTS! project, N.E.A. in cooperation with the Management Body of Strofylia-Kotychi Wetland organized an reception event on Saturday 21st of July 2012 at the Information Center of the Management Body in Lappa with respect to the initiative of 9 environmentally sensitive Dutch students did a cycling tour of Peloponnesus sponsored per kilometer as a means of supporting environmentally significant areas.
The 9 enthusiastic and passionate students: Laurens Bonekamp, Niek Meister, Emiel van Eck, Christiaan Hoogendoorn, Bart Meijer, Erwin van Bennekom, Wendy Liefting, Rosa Diemont and Iris de Boer, from Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences in Velp, were informed about the protected area of Strofylia-Kotychi Wetland through F:ACTS! project, as Netherlands is one of the countries participating in the consortium. This gave them the idea of the cycling tour with the view to collecting money and delivering them to the Management Body in order to purchase bicycles, which will be available for tourists for free as an easy and friendly solution for routes within the National Park.
Apart from this direct goal, the student’s effort aimed at raise debate among stakeholders and citizens about the environment, the sustainable development and the support and promotion of similar initiatives in Greece. In their free time during their journey in Greece, the Dutch students took part in additional activities such as gathering litter so as to raise awareness using their slogan: “ReCycling is our nature. This tour is for Strofylia!”
The group of students started their trip on the 16th of July; they have visited locations such as Athens, Korinthos, Aigio, Patras, Strofylia-Kotychi Wetland, Olympia, Kalamata and Gytheio.