Humans have inhabited the shores of the Argolic Gulf for many millennia – the earliest settlers arrived at least 40,000-50,000 years ago. Later, the region saw the rise of one of the world’s greatest Bronze Age civilizations, with the great citadels of the Mycenaeans still inspiring awe to this day.
Two peninsulas in the northeastern Peloponnese flank the Argolic Gulf. Mountainous terrain plunges into the waters of the Aegean Sea, which in the heart of the gulf reach almost a kilometre deep. Around the coast, hillsides covered in forest and diverse Mediterranean shrubs are interspersed with small valleys mostly cultivated with citrus and olive orchards.
Coastal lagoons and wetlands form important fish nurseries and breeding and feeding grounds for hundreds of species of migratory birds. In the deep waters of the gulf, shoals of sardines, tuna and other species are pursued by dolphins, seals and other top marine predators.
While this incredible concentration of biodiversity is currently under pressure from a variety of human activities, there is no reason that the region’s natural capital must be sacrificed for the sake of economic development. Indeed, only by protecting the former can we ensure the latter.
We will support the transition to a new age of sustainability in the region by supporting programs promoting beneficial practices in several key areas:
The Argolic Environment Foundation supports projects in the following areas: