Help Save the Cretan Landscape!

Take a look at this short video and then please consider seriously signing the petition against the planned development of a 2600 hectare resort on the Greek island of Crete.

Ecologists, archaeologists and politicians have all lent their voices to the protest against the construction of a 7,000-bed luxury resort on the virgin coastline.

The land is located in an area of the island that is a biological hotspot, rich in vegetation and rare plants. The 16-mile peninsula also contains archaeological evidence of farming techniques employed in the Mediterranean since antiquity.

Opponents to the scheme, led by historical ecologist Professor Oliver Rackham, from Cambridge University, argue that the multimillion-pound development is not suited to a region that in most other countries would have been designated a national park. If built, the Cavo Sidero project would comprise six tourist villages, three golf courses, hotels and other top-end facilities across 2,600 hectares (6,400 acres).

The British developers have rejected the arguments against the project, claiming that a comprehensive environmental impact study had been carried out. However, environmentalists fear that Greece could face a tourist development disaster similar to that suffered by Spain. "We have never faced anything as dangerous. It will lead to a massive urbanisation of the Greek landscape on the same disastrous scale ... seen in Spain," said Kriton Arsenis, a leading conservationist.

Just under 11,000 people, including more than 500 scientists and archaeologists from more than 80 countries, have signed a petition against the development and the Council of State, having already met, has said that it will investigate the issue and come to a decision next year.

As I write, people are signing the online petition and the number is fast approaching the 11.000 mark, though the original target was 10.000. Please lend your voice in order to prevent this destruction, by going to the site of the online petition HERE.

Many, many thanks!

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  1. Ari from Says:

    It sounds like it would be a terrible loss if this development went ahead.

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