IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this book chapter

The Role of Modern Ports and Marine Protected Areas in Eastmed’s Environmental Sustainability: The Case of Greece

In: Operational Research in Agriculture and Tourism


  • Basil Tselentis

    (University of Piraeus)

  • Theodoros Pelagidis

    (University of Piraeus)

  • Sotirios Manologlou

    (University of Piraeus)


Coasts are geographical areas that house many diverse activities, with direct impacts on the environment and the sustainable development of these regions. The concentration of these activities in a small spatial coastal zone creates significant pressures on marine ecosystems threatening further damage to habitats followed by potential loss of species and genetic diversity. Marine reserves and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are considered important tools to address these threats to marine resources. Greece is one of the richest countries in marine biodiversity. It is a country with the longest coastline in the Mediterranean (about 15,000 km) and its coastal areas are of great economic, cultural and ecological interest. It is therefore obvious that marine/coastal and island habitats are, or should be, priority areas for Greece, regarding the focus of governmental support and protection, as well as strengthening stakeholder involvement procedures. This realization further enhances the need for developing and applying managerial and financial tools for lasting and sustainable development of coastal areas and Greek seas and thus the study of marine protected areas cannot ignore the ports operating in the surrounding region. A “traditional port” is a coastal marine area with a land zone artificially formed to provide the vessel with not only safe anchorage and mooring for loading and unloading operations, but also a point that can provide the best possible service to ships. Today, ports operate in an extremely competitive framework, continuously trying to reduce cost, increase productivity with simultaneous improvement of the services provided to users. The crucial question concerning the port lies in the fact that by trying to reduce cost, safety and environmental protection maybe partly sacrificed. Port authorities must therefore take all necessary measures to prevent the emergence of pollution (accident-related) or stemming from normal operation, which involves monitoring the frequency and consequences of accidents and other hazards, leading to the estimation of the risk of environmental pollution.

Suggested Citation

  • Basil Tselentis & Theodoros Pelagidis & Sotirios Manologlou, 2020. "The Role of Modern Ports and Marine Protected Areas in Eastmed’s Environmental Sustainability: The Case of Greece," Cooperative Management, in: Evangelia Krassadaki & George Baourakis & Constantin Zopounidis & Nikolaos Matsatsinis (ed.), Operational Research in Agriculture and Tourism, pages 131-143, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:comchp:978-3-030-38766-2_7
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-38766-2_7

    Download full text from publisher

    To our knowledge, this item is not available for download. To find whether it is available, there are three options:
    1. Check below whether another version of this item is available online.
    2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
    3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:spr:comchp:978-3-030-38766-2_7. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: . General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no bibliographic references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: Sonal Shukla or Springer Nature Abstracting and Indexing (email available below). General contact details of provider: .

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.