The National Park of Tzoumerka, Peristeri & Arachthos Gorge, is an open land area of about 820 km2, located in western Greece between the regions of Trikala, Arta & Ioannina with physical borders the Arachthos River to the west & the river Acheloos in the east. It was founded in 2009, by Pr. Decree (Official Journal of the Hellenic Republic 49D/12.02.2009).
In the different habitats grow a lot of rare and endemic species of plants such as Solenanthus albanicus. The terrestrial ecosystems host many rare & protected species of mammals such as the Otter (Lutra lutra), the Brown bear (Ursus arctos), the Wild Goat (Rupicapra rupicapra balcanica). The presence of Deer (Capreolus capreolus) is an indicator of the variety & diversity of ecosystems found in the National Park. The area is particularly important for birds, & hosts hundreds of species of invertebrates, fishes, amphibians & reptiles. The butterflies & moths decorate the alpine meadows with their colourful wings & some butterfly species make in the region one of their rare appearances in Greece. In some places of the National Park the visitor might be able to watch the Vulture (Gyps fulvus) the Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetus) & several mountain bird species.
The National Park constitutes an enormous outdoor folklore museum and characteristics as much of the natu-ral, as of the human made environment. Stone bridges, cultural monuments, traditional settlements, man work, combine with unique harmony, with beautiful landscapes, steep mountains, gorges, caverns. This perfect sculptured coexistence of the structured by people's hands and natural environment, lends to the region its uniqueness.
THE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY
The Management Authority was founded in 2009 and is responsible for the protection, conservation and management of the National Park of Tzoumerka, Peristeri and Arachthos Gorge. It is a non-profit-making legal entity governed by private law, which is administered by a nine-member Administrative Board and operates under the supervision of the Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy.
The main responsibilities of the Management Authority include: guarding and patrolling of the area, scientific monitoring of flora/fauna species and habitat types, informing and raising the awareness of the public, provision of advice and cooperation with other competent authorities etc.
There are currently 13 Park Officers & conservation staff, responsible for the day-to-day Management of the Park. The headquarters of the entity is located in Ioannina. Under the Management Body's supervision are operating six information centres in the following villages: Pramanta, Chouliarades, Agnanta, Vourgareli, Neraida and near village of Kallirroi (Tria Potamia).