About MedINA

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Who we are

The Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (MedINA) was established in 2003 as a not for profit organization based in Athens, Greece with a focus on the Mediterranean region and beyond. Ιts broader aim is to contribute to the development of a harmonious relationship between Humankind and Nature for the wellbeing of all.

MedINA is the brainchild of successful architect and planner Thymio Papayannis, a visionary and leading figure in the field of environmental and cultural heritage conservation with significant contribution to policy, research and action in the past thirty years. Originally focused on the cultural values of wetlands, landscape and Sacred Natural Sites, in time MedINA broadened its scope and managed to establish itself as an important organization in the Mediterranean in the field of nature-culture interactions.

Our mission is to act as change catalysts bringing the integration of natural and cultural heritage to the forefront though research, empowerment of local communities, knowledge exchange and networking for a harmonious and sustainable development in the Mediterranean region and beyond.

The values that guide what we do and how we do it are

We are down to earth

We are modest and we know our limits. That’s why we believe in team work and collective action.

We respect diversity

We believe that diversity makes us better and stronger –diversity of species and ecosystems, cultures and opinions, backgrounds and expertise.

We strive for fairness

We are driven by a sense of duty, and a deep belief in democratic values, inclusivity and social justice.

We work with passion and creativity

We love what we do and we love getting inspired by new ideas

Culture is neither static nor related solely to the remains of past civilisations; it evolves and connects humankind’s past with its future. By embracing societal strengths, contemporary attitudes and creativity, cultural responses to environmental change can provide one of our most important strategies when facing the great environmental challenges of today.

Thymio Papayannis
Architect / President of TPA

The big picture

Our actions impact greatly on the natural environment. At the same time, these actions shape –and are shaped by- culture in its broadest sense. As a result, nature and culture are intimately linked in a dynamic relationship that has endured throughout human history.

Climate change, poverty, inequality are some of the biggest challenges faced by the global community nowadays. Finding a balance between inclusive human development and the conservation and wise use of our planet’s critical ecosystems is vital for our future.

Only if human societies become allies in this process and stewards of their own natural and cultural environment, can real, sustainable progress be made.

So, working with people at all scales and levels of governance as well as promoting participation, environmental protection and cultural diversity is for us the clearest way forward in creating the sort of future that is not only good for us but also for the next generations to come.

Working as part of the global community is important to us. Our work supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the conservation of biological diversity and the global action for the adaptation and mitigation to climate change.