Kastoria is the third Municipality in the region of Western Macedonia that benefits from such an initiative, part of the extensive social and environmental investments (SEI) programme that TAP implements along the northern Greek regions it traverses. Such contributions have already been received by the Municipalities of Nestorio and Argos Orestiko – 5 and 1 studies, respectively.
These studies specify the forest management models to be applied and expected timber volume suggested to be logged. As such, they ensure the environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of forests, as they allow local loggers to continue sustainable forestry practices for the next 10 years – i.e. as long as the studies are valid.
Mr. Yiannis Korentsidis, Mayor of Kastoria, saluted the conclusion of the project, thanking everyone involved, and especially TAP who responded to the relevant proposal tabled by the Municipality. The Mayor also noted the importance of these studies for local employment and economy, as they ensure that local forest cooperatives and loggers will continue their activity for at least the following 10 years.
Ms. Vassiliki Sotiropoulou, Manager of TAP’s Social and Environmental Investments Programme, thanked the Kastoria Municipality, TAP’s Community Liaison Coordinator for the area, Michalis Gkosliopoulos, as well as the Decentralised Administration of Epirus and Western Macedonia that approved the studies. She also noted that all 10 forest management studies drafted with the support of TAP, are in line with the regional planning and promote regional development and sustainable forest management in the mountainous area of Western Macedonia, where logging and other forest practices are key sources of employment.
As a "Pipeline of Good Energy," TAP supports the local communities it traverses by investing –in close collaboration with them– in projects that meet their actual needs.
About the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)
TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea to Europe. The 878 km long pipeline connects with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Turkish-Greek border in Kipoi, crosses Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy.
TAP’s routing can facilitate gas supply to several South Eastern European countries. TAP’s landfall in Italy provides multiple opportunities for further transport of Caspian gas to the wider European markets.
TAP promotes economic development and job creation along the pipeline route; it is also a major source of foreign direct investment.
TAP’s shareholding is comprised of BP (20%), SOCAR (20%), Snam (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%).
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