Drana lagoon - Restoration and conservation management of Drana lagoon in Evros Delta
The purpose of the project was to restore and manage Drana Lagoon of the coastal delta of Evros in northeast Greece. The project succeeded in the total restoration of the lagoon, which was reconnected to the sea. Restoration work included the construction of a water gate, an embankment around the lagoon, ditches, sluices and fresh water canals. A 30 hectare area of humid grasslands was also created allowing a better balance in the levels of salinity in the surrounding areas and providing an important biotope for avifauna. Water monitoring stations were installed and water quality assessment continues after the end of the project. Another key result was the extension of the riparian woodland vegetation of the Loutros stream by 22 hectares. The employment of wardens significantly reduced illegal hunting in the project area and increased the guarding efficiency by up to 60%. It also reduced the negative impact of visitors. Wardens were able to raise awareness among visitors and impact of visitors. Wardens were able to raise awareness among visitors and locals. The project also created a database and monitoring protocols for the population trends of the avifauna. The everyday operation of the visitor centre was another successful aspect of the project.