The Kastoria Environmental Education Centre was founded in 1996 by the Greek Ministry of Education, and is one of the oldest and most successful organisations of its kind. It implements a series of educational programmes and promotes sustainable initiatives locally, regionally and across the country, aiming to raise awareness among students and educators about environmental issues. More than 3,500 participants attend the Centre’s activities every year. It also organises environmental excursions all over Greece and coordinates two national environmental education networks, focusing on Lakes and Biodiversity, with the participation of ca. 800 schools.
Receiving the donation, the Head of the Kastoria Environmental Education Centre, Magda Grigoriou, and her predecessor, Thodoris Mardiris, thanked TAP for the equipment that is "critical in order for the Centre to operate and upgrade its multi-faceted services."
Michalis Gkosliopoulos, TAP’s representative and Community Liaison Officer for Western Macedonia, put the donation in the context of the "Environmental Management" pillar of the SEI programme implemented by TAP. In addition, he stressed the importance of the work produced by the Centre, especially in an area as environmentally rich as Western Macedonia, and thanked everyone involved in the project for its swift and successful outcome.