Infrastructures

Offices of the Management Body

Contact info:

Marika Kotopouli 66-68, Rizarios Buildings

Unit B, P.O. 45445, Ioannina

tel. +(30) 26510 21834

fax +(30) 26510 31867

e-mail: malpi@otenet.gr

web: http://www.lakepamvotis.gr

Information Center of Pamvotis (Island of Ioannina)

The Information Centre is located on the Pamvotis Island, housed in a traditional stone building, a concession by the Church of Ioannina. A characteristic feature of the surrounded landscape is the Pamvotis Lake and its vegetation. The Information Centre has been recently completed. It has the goal to become a modern information centre for the Pamvotis Lake’s environment and to contribute to the protection and promotion of the protected area.

The exhibition of the Information Centre serves as a reference point of the protected areas’ environment and includes concepts for alternative activities, so the visitor can enjoy the visit to the region. It targets teachers, pupils of all levels, eco-tourists, elder people, groups, local authorities, local people and entrepreneurs involved with alternative tourism and the general public.

The exhibits include information regarding Epirus Region’s protected areas and natural heritage, the evolution of Pamvotis Lake to its present form, the flora and the fauna, its relationship with humans, its management, the traditional fisheries, fishing equipment traditionally used in the lake etc. Furthermore, the centre is equipped with an audio-visual system to support the exhibits.

The design of the museum’s adjacent area aimed to the harmonious integration of the traditional building in the surrounding landscape and to the creation of a suitable space to meet the needs of the visitors. It takes into account the ecology of the area and respects its character. Natural materials were selected, such as gravel, stone, wood, rocks, plants, in order to create a friendly and relaxing environment and to give a sense of peace and tranquillity.

To plan your visit (schools, clubs, universities, etc.) please call the Management Body’s office. We remain at your disposal for further clarifications and information.

The Pamvotis Lake’s Ecosystem Interpretation Park

The Pamvotis Lake’s Ecosystem Interpretation Park, which covers a total area of 0.45 hectares, is located on the lakeside road (Laspotopos area). After a brief pilot operation, it was launched on 05.06.2010 in the framework of the events for the World Environmental Day. Since then, many schools and several individuals from Ioannina and beyond have visited the Park. It has also hosted environmental awareness activities, in collaboration with environmental organisations. Although the park covers a small area, it has great importance because it is the first environmental park established in Ioannina.

More specifically:

• It represents a more "friendly" development model of the lakeside area, which contributes to the protection of the lake and to the area’s sustainable development.

• It contributes to the improvement of the living standards by providing a "green" area of a great aesthetic value.

• It is a reflecting icon of M.B.L.P. to the local community.

The Park’s purpose is to provide the visitor information about the Protected Area and the Pamvotis Lake’s ecosystem. At the same time, it is suitable for educational activities, recreation, walks, bird and landscape watching etc. It includes a promenade area, which also serves as the path for the ecosystem interpretation material. Alongside this path exhibition poster can be found, which give information on various environmental issues related with the protected area (general data for the lake, water cycle, flora, fauna, birds, lake & people etc.). In some parts of the route (by means of wooden platform), there is access outside the main path to the centre of the Park or the lake. In addition, there is a visitor’s reception area, warden’s kiosk, a wooden observation platform alongside the lake’s shoreline and a visitor’s relaxing place.

The design was based on the principles of eco-design, using only natural materials such as wood, gravel, stone and plants, thus maintaining the existing terrain and vegetation.

The selection of the plant species in the Park was based:

• The plant’s characteristics.

• The ecological data of the region (climate-microclimate, soil, vegetation, air etc.).

• The functional objectives, which are called to serve (optical insulation, sound insulation, separation of functions, to form clusters etc.).

• The assurance of the aesthetic harmony.

• The dimensions of available space and each position separately.

• The maintenance needs. Plants were preferred, for being resilient, with quick adaptability and low maintenance requirements.

To plan your visit (schools, clubs, universities, etc.) please call the Management Body’s office. We remain at your disposal for further clarifications and information.