TAP was the event’s major sponsor and was represented by Kostas Tsirikis, Permitting Lead for TAP Greece, who presented the project's Reforestation Practices – as per the relevant ESIA (Environmental and Social Impact Assessment) commitments and in close collaboration with competent authorities and local forestry services.
TAP’s reforestation activities will be implemented in two phases, starting from Alexandroupolis, Soufli, Rhodope and Serres. The overall process includes planting ca. 470,000 trees and bushes to replace the vegetation cleared in the Right of way phase of the pipeline construction, as well as accompanying activities such as preparation, watering, maintenance, etc.
TAP’s reforestation activity was described by the organisers as best practice and as an example of successful synergies between entities. Moreover, the project’s overall contribution to the sector was also discussed – both regarding optimal forestry management and the employment of foresters. Such specialists are already involved in the drafting of the relevant studies, while many more will be employed on the field, implementing the reforestation project.