WWF Greece is the national office of WWF in Greece. It's an independent Greek non-governmental organization and at the same time an active part of the global network of WWF.
WWF Greece saves the common natural heritage of Europe and the Mediterranean, in Greece. We stand up for life in the wild: our seas and coasts, forests and small wetlands, sea turtles and seals, sharks, vultures.
Our track record of important victories is our guide towards fulfilling our mission to stop the degradation of the natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.
Following the catastrophic fires throughout Greece in the summer 2007 and 2018, it became evident that there was great need for a reevaluation of the current system utilized to protect its forests and people from the threat of forest fires. In early 2008, WWF Greece conducted its first report that regarded a general evaluation of the current forest fire protection system, its structure and state policies and made positive recommendations in light of a more effective model. It covered all key bodies involved such as the fire service, the forest service, volunteer organizations, local authorities, local partnerships, the relevant ministries and so on.
Later in 2008, WWF Greece initiated another project that focused specifically on the organizational and functional structures of the volunteer forest fire protection system in Greece. A volunteer system around forest fire protection has existed in Greece in some form or other for almost three decades. However the increasingly problematic issues that underlie its organizational and functional structures render its effective integration into the general forest fire protection system either at national or at local level.
Despite volunteer and other organizations continuous appeals for a complete re-evaluation of the current system, the Hellenic official state bodies, though aware of these issues, have not prioritized on any to any great extent. Thus, a gradual deterioration of the volunteer forest fire protection system as a whole has become increasingly evident.
A comparative analysis of the way European countries
(EU and non-EU members) mitigate human-wildlife conflicts.
Comensation systems, legal measures regarding active or passive
protection of cultivations and livestock, is there an insurance system?
what are the penalties in case of shooting an animal as a result of this
confict. The final deleverable should be a report in English.
2nd position - A comparative analysis of Civil Protection systems,
volunteer involvement, and responsibilities regarding forest fire
prevention and supression in: USA, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Portugal,
Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, Australia,
New Zealand, South Africa. Which are the competent authorities for
forest fires prevention and supression? how is Civil Protection
structured and how does it work, what is the role of volunteers (rights
and duties), etc. The final deliverable should be a report in English.
Other: working space, phone and internet access in WWF Greece office in Athens. Transportation card will be provided by ELSA Athens
graduate - bachelor
Civil Law - General
Environmental Law - Advanced
Public International Law - General
Social Security Law - General
English - Fluent
Spanish (Castilian) - Good
French - Good
A good knowledge of French/ or Spanish/ or German and a
good/average knowledge of Greek is an optional requirement.
Regarding the first position, the traineeship will require checking
relevant legislation and also checking its compatibility with EU
regulations (ie if it can actually be applied in Greece).
For both positions a number of calls and interviews will be required with
public services in different countries.