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Callisto

Member: NGO Free
Since: 26.02.2016

Mitropoleos 123, 54621 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Callisto was “born” in Greece in 2004, but it is already a 15 year-old “child” that has walked on Pindos, Rodopi and Gramos mountains. That’s where its members have worked during those past years, following the footprints of the bear, the tracks of the wolf, the scarce signs of the lynx.

Today, based in Thessaloniki, the initial team of scientists has been surrounded by people sensitive in environmental issues. All together, with you, they are trying to protect the environment as a public and collective commodity, to exercise control - which stems from our democratic duty – to all those who make crucial decisions regarding the quality of human life.

The modern-day Callisto promotes the beauty of nature, the value of diversity, the right to life. It touches the conscience of every informed citizen and calls him to take initiative in order to tackle the serious environmental and social problems of our time.

We are not alone
Together with a network of organizations in the Mediterranean and in Europe (and an especially active presence in its south-eastern part), we have already intervened in several sectors, focusing our efforts to the conservation of wildlife and the natural environment. We are everywhere, on all the mountains and forests of the Balkans.

Our Prime Objective
The study, conservation and management of the populations and habitats of large carnivores and other endangered fauna species. Our knowledge has been tested on the field, with integrated activities and successful applications in issues of ecosystem management, biodiversity and natural resources conservation, thus contributing to the sustainable development of rural areas.

Background
“CALLISTO” is an Environmental NGO (a civil, not-for-profit society), which was founded in Thessaloniki, Greece, in July 2004. 
Main activities of CALLISTO include:
  • Conservation of biodiversity and of areas of high natural and aesthetic value, with emphasis on mountainous ecosystems and forests in Greece, the Balkans and other neighbouring countries.
  • Study, conservation and management of wild fauna populations, especially of large carnivores (bear, wolf, lynx, jackal) that inhabit the above areas.
  • Elaboration and implementation of projects for the protection and management of wildlife and the natural environment.   
  • Information, awareness raising, and activation of the public for imposing control on the decision-making centres regarding environmental issues.
  • Development of environmental education and training programs.
  • Development of voluntarism to serve conservation actions.
  • Support for the establishment and operation of Protected Areas and Ecological Networks, in order to preserve biodiversity, as well as the natural and cultural heritage.
  • Development of scientific research and its applications as well as building national, trans-Balkan and international cooperation and networking for the above purposes
    
Experience of key staff members in implementation of conservation and environmental projects 
The staff members of CALLISTO include experts with long experience and specialisation in the field of nature conservation and practical knowledge on monitoring large carnivore populations (brown bear, wolf) using radio-telemetry and non invasive molecular biology methods. 

Members of the society include also experts on other relevant fields: animation of volunteers, regional development, journalism, communication, vocational training.