National park destroyed by fires



The national wetlands park Kotychi-Strofylia was consumed by wild fires destroying more than 150 hectares of pine trees, according to official estimates released on Thursday evening.

The local management agency said that "the fire caused a huge ecological disaster at a unique forest ecosystem."

According to the management agency, the stricken area is part of the European ecological network Natura 2000 and within special protection zones for the preservation of wild birds, natural ecosystems and fauna and the flora.

Moreover, the area stricken by the fire is within the site designated as wetland of international importance and is protected by the Ramsar Convention.