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24 March 2017
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HELMEPA's environmental campaign sets off at Aigio under the auspices of the Municipality

Τhe environmental Exhibition of HELMEPA titled “Marine Environment, Shipping and Sciences” was inaugurated on Tuesday 14 February 2017 at the “Alekos Megaris” Cultural Center of Aigio, under the auspices of the Municipality and in cooperation with the local Municipal Development Enterprise (DIΚΕPΑ). The Exhibition is part of the “Educational Community and Public Awareness Campaign on the Marine Environment, Shipping and Sciences” which is supported by Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF)*.

The Mayor of Aigio, Mr A. Panagopoulos, the Chairperson of DIKEPA, Mrs M. Tsoukala, the Environmental Education Coordinators of the Primary and Secondary Education of Achaia, Mrs P. Sakoveli and Mrs I. Papaioannou respectively, representatives of local environmental groups, 30 students-Cadets from the 1st High School of Aigio together with their teacher and members of the wider public honored the event with their presence.

Welcoming the participants, the Mayor expressed his sheer delight that the town of Aigio is hosting this Campaign and stressed the importance of the marine environment not only for their coastal Municipality but for the whole of Greece, the shipping community of which is a global leader. He added that this Campaign is of great significance for the awareness raising of schoolchildren and may inspire them to become involved with science, technology and shipping.

On behalf of the Directorates of Primary and Secondary Education of Achaia, Mrs P. Sakoveli thanked HELMEPA and referred to the warm response of the schools of Aigio and the wider region to this initiative. Following, she expressed the desire that similar educational initiatives are organized in cooperation with the Municipality of Patras, as “education constitutes a lever of change and power”.

On behalf of HELMEPA, Mr. C. Triantafillou, Assistant Executive Coordinator, thanked the Mayor of Aigialia and the Environmental Education Coordinators for their cooperation. Referring to the aims and results of the Campaign, which will be concluded in October 2017, he mentioned that the positive feedback received by students and local communities constitutes the best reward of this HELMEPA-LRF initiative in Greece.

An open discussion followed regarding the Corinth Gulf, the acute problem of plastic pollution and the need for local stakeholders to cooperate with HELMEPA for the environmental awareness of all, so that coastal residents may protect their own sea.

* Note to the Editors:
Lloyd's Register Foundation (LRF) helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research.