|Submission Date||Dec. 15, 2017|
This credit is weighted more heavily for institutions that own or manage land that includes or is adjacent to any of the following:
Institutions may identify legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and regions of conservation importance using the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) for Research & Conservation Planning, the U.S. Information, Planning, and Conservation (IPaC) decision support system, or an equivalent resource or study.
Center of Excellence for Sustainability/Environmental Studies
ACG campus is adjacent to Mt. Hymettus which is a Natura 2000 proetected area.
Natura 2000 is a network of nature protection areas in the territory of the European Union. It is made up of Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs) designated respectively under the Habitats Directive and Birds Directive.
The ecosystem of the ACG, comprising of
approximately 260,000 m
of the western slopes of Mt
Hymettus, is restricted and partially isolated from
mammalian herbivores through a series of fences, walls
and building works. Furthermore, extensive cultivation of
various non-native plantations has altered the biodiversity
of this microsystem. Extending north to northwest of the
Hymettus Mountain, its more than 47 years of existence
and protection has so far been uncharacterized with
respect to the micro-system that has developed. An early
indication of the importance of the project to quantify and
characterize this territory is the discovery of the novel
species of Ophrys dicipulus, identified in three locations
on the campus and up to this point appear limited to this
The Campus Grounds are home to an endemic species of orchid, Ophrys Discipulus. since its discovery in march 2013 strategies have been put in place to ensure non pervasive study of the plant and to identify other critical aspects of the campus ecosystem.
Access to the forested area has been monitored as well as suggestions for leave-no-trace policies implemented and widely publicized in the community.
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