Wildfires in Greece
Chairman of people and water as part of slovak republic expert group
We offered help
When we saw massive wildfires we offered help. We contacted Slovak government to establish expert group which will be sharing experiences from massive wildfires we had decades ago.
In monoculture forests like these which burned around Athens it is necessary to help nature to revitalise. It is dangerous to let the land revitalise on its own. Heavy rainfalls can cause massive landslides and jeopardise people and properties even more.
Machinery can be also used
When terrain, budget and protection level of the area allows it machinery can be used. Burned and dead trees were cut and lied on contour lines effectively. Bulldozer then excavated soil and sealed spaces with that soil. This way we were effective and very fast. Special forestry engineering techniques were used to to stabilise banks of deep erosion holes and design plan for water retention cascades on the slope.
Bulldozer working on water retention measures on countour lines
Our Mission & Approach
We proposed plan for burned area in Attica region. We choose area of 23+ ha as prototype area. First it was necessary to scan the area and analyse how much water can be retained here. On area of 1 ha we showed various techniques from experiences in Slovakia. Water retention measures for more than 300 cubic meters were done by 5 people in 2,5 days.
Our Ambassador of Slovakia to Greece Iveta Hricová, helped to organised the presentation where Michal Kravčík shared experiences from Slovakia.
During the visit of state secretary Martin Kováč in Greece area was visited by Slovak delegation. We can see that measurements are working and heavy rainfalls are held in our measurements are retaining water and letting it to absorb slowly.