The 1st phase of the Asterousia Hybrid University took place between the 5th and 7th  of October 2020. Due to the pandemic restrictions in this “face to face” event only a small group of learners attended, mostly from Crete, while all sessions, interviews and field visits were recorded, in order to be used in the upcoming 2nd phase (online).

During the “face to face” sessions, approximately 15 participants had the opportunity to follow lectures on the  establishment and operation of Biosphere Reserves from Greek and international experts, visit local businesses that opt for sustainable management, and also talk to local stakeholders, that will be shaping the management of the newborn Biosphere Reserve. They visited local museums and the aquarium (Cretaquarium) and learned about the terrestrial and marine biodiversity and  lot of endemic species unique to the area. The participants had also a first hand experience of the a local eco-agro-tourist project  (Thalori) that inspired them on how a local business can function along side nature.

The rich material collected from phase 1 (Asterousia) will be integrated in the online 2nd phase that will be launched in November. Read more on the Hybrid Asterousia University here