Greece Country Profile
Greece sits in southern Europe, bordering the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea and Mediterranean Sea. It shares land borders with Albania, Bulgaria and North Macedonia and Turkey, and covers an area of 131,957 sq. km. With a population of 10.5 million, the official language is Greek.
Geography & Wildlife
The climate of Greece is primarily Mediterranean, with mild, wet winters; and hot, dry summers. 80% of Greece consists of mountains or hill, with mountainous ranges extending into the sea as peninsulas or chains of islands.
Rare marine species such as pinniped seals and loggerhead sea turtles live in the seas surrounding mainland Greece, while its dense inland forests are home to the endangered brown bear, Eurasian lynx, roe deer and wild goats.
Main Conservation Challenges
Air pollution; air emissions from transport and electricity power stations; water pollution; degradation of coastal zones; loss of biodiversity in terrestrial and marine ecosystems; increasing municipal and industrial waste.
Our work in Greece
ARCTUROS ENVIRONMENTAL CENTRE & BEAR SANCTUARY
Animals: brown bears
Supported since: 2016
Work: rescue & care
Arcturos actively works for the conservation of the brown bear and its habitat in Greece and the Balkans. It played a crucial role in ending the dancing bear trade in Greece and continues to work towards the end of illegal captivity in the wider regions of the Balkans.