The purpose of the project is to secure the conservation of the unique Mediterranean Monk seal’s (Monachus monachus) habitat on Gyaros island in Greece, including the Monk seal’s breeding sites, the extensive posidonia beds and the coralligenous formations through the implementation of an effective surveillance system that minimizes illegal activities in the site.
This purpose is primarily served by the continuous operation of a state-of-the-art remote surveillance system that ensures the active intervention against illegal activities taking place on the site and the prosecution of perpetrators. To strengthen the effort’s effectiveness and long term sustainability, the project also encompasses actions to mobilize and engage competent public authorities.
The project builds on the successful implementation of WWF Greece’s CYCLADES project that has been implemented since 2013 with the generous support of the European Commission (LIFE funding instrument) and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. It seeks to continue and expand the implementation of this project’s activities, to consolidate its outcomes and to secure the viability of the keystone surveillance system.