In 2022, MedINA and WWF Hellas, in collaboration with Boulouki, installed more than 30 traditional stone weirs along the course of the Kavouropotamos stream, Paros, Cyclades, Greece. The action was implemented in the context of adaptation of the Cycladic ecosystems -as well as their communities- to climate change and was supported by the Paros Water Supply and Sewerage Company, the Municipality of Paros, and the Mediterranean Islands Collective (MIC) initiative, funded by the MAVA Foundation.
Almost a year after collecting the baseline data and installing the stone weirs along Kavouropotamos, it is time for the first evaluation of the positive impacts of this nature-based solution (#NbS)!
So, a few days ago, the MedINA team, together with botanists from the University of Göttingen, Germany, visited Paros, carrying out fieldwork to record the flora and vegetation of the area!
In total, more than 10 vegetation plots were assessed along the stream, both upstream and downstream of the stone weirs, for a comprehensive understanding of their effects on key biodiversity parameters.
All the results will soon be available to the research community through a report led by the Hellenic Institute of Speleological Research, with reference to the impact of the stone weirs on the vegetation as well as on arthropods and reptiles!
The project is part of the overall programming of the Mediterranean Islands Collective (MIC) initiative, launched and supported by the MAVA Foundation to develop an action plan for the sustainability of Mediterranean islands.