2010-06-05: The Environment Museum of Stymphalia, the seventh museum of the Network of Thematic Museums of the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation, will be inaugurated by the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr Karolos Papoulias, on Saturday 5th June 2010 (World Environment Day) at 12.00h.
The Environment Museum of Stymphalia is located in the mountainous area of the prefecture of Corinth, there where, according to mythology, Hercules confronted and slew the Stymphalian birds. Situated in the northeastern Peloponnese at an altitude of 600m, the plateau of Stymphalia is surrounded by the mountains of Zireia, Oligyrtos, Mavrovounio and Gravias, on the southern side of the prefecture of Corinth. The water basin of Stymphalia is considered to be the largest mountain lake of the Peloponnese, at the same time as being the Balkans' southernmost mountain wetland. Its main interest resides in the lake's rich organic world, as well as in the underground and visible ways along which the water circulates. The region's ecological value, centred on the lake and its rich forests, is confirmed by its inclusion in the European Network of Protected Areas NATURA 2000.
The aim of the Environment Museum of Stymphalia is to show the interdependence of humankind and Nature and their harmonious coexistence in the Stymphalia basin. The basic goals of the museological approach are to raise the public's ecological awareness and preserve the knowledge relating to the region's traditional technology. This objective is reflected museologically by the exhibition's development in two exhibition units: the first concerns the environment in this region, while the second marks the manner in which the environment influenced the development of human activity and in particular that of traditional occupations.
The Environment Museum of Stymphalia was created by PIOP, which is also responsible for its continued functioning over the next 50 years. It is housed in a building that was specifically designed to serve the museum's goals, on land ceded by the Municipality of Stymphalia and the Hellenic Forestry Department. The project was included in the 2000–2006 Regional Operational Programme of the Peloponnese and was funded through the Third Community Support Framework, with the contribution of the Piraeus Bank.
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