Areas under protection: The institutional framework for the management of the areas under protection in Greece
© Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (6/2009)
In the first part of this paper a reference is made, concerning the approaches and practices taken for the areas under protection, as the years go by. Specifically, in the early stages of the institution concerning the areas under protection, the so called absolute protection of natural areas with the complete exclusion of human activities came up. All this situation created many complex, social and economic problems. As a result, the concept above was abandoned and replaced by a new one, suggesting the sustainable use of natural resources, the well known as sustainable development. According to this approach, a European network for the Areas under protection, named NATURA 2000, was established.

A critical review of current EU and Greek legislation on pedestrian rights and walking environment
© Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (6/2009)
Legislation regarding pedestrian rights and relevant environmental aspects in the EU states differs, though some basic principles are supposed to be applied in a uniform way. A critical review of current legislation in several EU states on pedestrians is attempted by focusing on the Rights of Pedestrians as they have been adopted by the European Parliament.

Hunting management and hunting-related values
© Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (6/2009)
Aim of the present analysis is to show how the attitude towards hunting management depends on hunting-related values. 237 standardized questionnaires have been distributed to hunters of Northern Hellas (Macedonia and Thrace) and the data were processed through Pearson test after normality test. Contrary to the hunters who regard hunting merely as a “sport”, these who regard it as a “life way” support long-term, more “eco-centric” and sustainable solutions like habitat improvement and predator control (and not, for example, release of quarries).

Hunting engagement and attitude to hunting management strategies
© Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (6/2009)
Aim of the present research is to analyze what strategies the hunters are willing to follow for the improvement of hunting management. Not all hunters are engaged with hunting in the same way and not all possible strategies are equally “easy” or “desirable”. The engagement of hunters with hunting activity differentiates their willingness to accept the difficulties connected with each hunting management strategy.

Comparative study of the gardens between two settlements with different cultural heritage of Southeastern Rhodope
© Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (6/2009)
Gardens or backyards are not only the smallest units of cultural landscapes, but also the immediate human-shaped ecosystems and sources of information for the interactions between human symbolic systems and natural environment. In this paper, the gardens - backyards of two settlements in Northeast Greece, sharing the same ecological background, but having different cultural identity, Pandrosos (a Christian village) and Symvola (a Muslim village) were examined.

The Cultural Ecology of folk-tales: A statistical analysis of environment influence on the plot structure - Using Australia, USA and Kyklades as an illustration
© Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (6/2009)
Aim of this research is to propose a quantitative method for examining the role of the landscape elements in the structuring of the plot of folk tales. Basic hypothesis of the Cultural Ecology is that the environment exerts influence on the human culture. We present results of three folk-tale collections as an illustration.

The effect of potential change in climatic conditions on the development of the energy willow (Salix viminalis) plants
© Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (6/2009)
The aim of the research was to evaluate the growth and metabolic activity of energy willow (Salix viminalis) plants under the expected climate changed conditions, which presumably will determine the plant development in future. The obtained results showed willow’s different reactions on the applied conditions, such as: temperature of -5, 0, 10, 20 and 40oC and dry (20% m.c.), optimal (30% m.c.) or excessive moistened (60% m.c.) soil.

Simulation modeling of the fate of nitrogen in the constructed wetland of Carla in Greece
© Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (6/2009)
Constructed wetlands are complex dynamic ecosystems. Ecosystem-level odeling of the processes that take place in a constructed wetland is a useful tool for understanding wetland function and structure and for making predictions.

Macronutrient and heavy metal accumulation in a Greek fir ecosystem of Taygetos mountain in Peloponnese
© Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (6/2009)
Macronutrient and heavy metals accumulation in the forest floor and soil were investigated in three undisturbed natural forest sites of Greek fir ecosystem of Taygetos mountain in Peloponnese. Dry weight and organic matter of the forest floor ranged greatly, from a high of about 67 and 57 t/ha under to a low of 27 and 14 t/ha respectively.

Comparing novel approaches used for prediction of species distribution from presence/absence acoustic data
© Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (6/2009)
Accurate modelling and prediction of fish spatial distributions, based on sampled data, provide essential information for management purposes and stock monitoring. This study compares current and novel modelling techniques, in order to justify their suitability and accuracy on acoustic data. Ten different Resource Selection Functions were tested, and Receiver operation Characteristic and Area Under Curve indicated that Boosted Regression Trees and Generalized Additive Models appear to fit acoustic data more efficiently. The corresponding probability maps also indicated that these functions produce accurate species distribution patterns when used with presence/absence data.

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