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Total Concession: The Mines of Giona

Giona is located in the prefecture of Fokida. With an altitude of 2,150 meters, it is the highest mountain in Central Greece and one of the highest ones in the country.

Giona is home to one of the richest and most unique ecosystems in Southern Europe: a great part of its flora and fauna has yet to be extensively studied. Some of the species belonging to its ecosystem are already considered rare and are on the verge of extinction. The ecosystem has been considered a protected area of natural beauty and belongs to the NATURA 2000 network.

Giona's subsoil contains large bauxite deposits, which have been unearthed during the past seventy years through mines constructed at the foot of the mountain, greatly affecting the mountain's environment as well as the everyday life of its locals. Big companies with a "total concession" get to exploit the area, under the pretext of supporting the local labor market. On the other hand are the initiatives of the concerned locals who struggle for the mountain's salvation. An uneven fight, not only for survival, but also for life itself.


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