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Coastal ecosystems

Akoli, Bromolimni, the ‘Marsh of Erimitis’, are three autonomous wetland ecosystems, which are “flooded” in vegetation, retaining their natural beauty in the midst of the coastal zone and the amphitheatre-shaped main forest. These three lakes are listed by WWF Greece in the list of protected small island wetlands.

More detailed information is coming soon on the WWF special website: http://www.oikoskopio.gr/ygrotopio/general/article.php?id=27&lang=en_US

With this link you can see the lakes on the special map of the modern application, as well as learn more about relevant environmental factors by selecting and deselecting them from the column on the right: http://www.oikoskopio.gr/map/

The tool is also available in greek and english.

You can read more specifically about all three lakes in the area:



Erimitis Marsh (Elos Erimiti)


Lake Akoli is located about 1.2 kilometers north-northeast of the settlement of Agios Stefanos. It is a small coastal lake in an area not accessible by road and therefore in excellent conservation status (WWF Hellas). The lake, at the time of the Venetian occupation, was connected to the sea by a small open channel and may have previously functioned as a fish farm (Municipality of Cassiopi 2009). To the east is a narrow, sandy beach that separates it from the sea while the other sides are lush with dense tree and shrubby vegetation (holly trees, mulberries, myrtles, laurels, saplings, olives, sparta, etc.) of the semi-mountainous volume of the desert. As for fauna, there are fish, amphipods, snails, and the presence of otters has been recorded in the area (Gremillet 1993).

The same organization acknowledges that “At the borders of the lake is planned a construction of a large hotel unit with the process of fast track. If the plans are implemented then the lake will face significant pressure. “

According to the IUCN International Ornithological Organization, the lake is classified as an important area for birds, and it is also credited with supporting the food chain, its great biological variety and recreation.



Lake Vromolimni is located approximately 1 km northeast of the settlement of Agios Stefanos in Corfu. It has the same characteristics as Lake Akoli and is equally important for birds and the rest of the area. Some different species of flora are found there.

Again, WWF Hellas notes that if the unit construction plans are implemented, then the lake will face significant pressure.


Erimitis Marsh (Elos Erimiti)

Erimitis Marsh or ‘Elos Erimiti’ (or Savoura) is located about 1.4 kilometers north-west of the settlement of Agios Stefanos. Also referred to as Avlaki or Canal (Guinness & Guinness 1994). No presence of amphibian species and reptiles has been recorded. In the past, the presence of otters has also been observed by Gremillet (1993).

The Marsh of Erimitis is also important for birds and has an equally rich biodiversity.




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