Let it flow! A role-play for the Aoos river basin management in Greece

The project is implemented by the Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (MedINA) in collaboration with  the Environmental Education Centre of Konitsa (KPE Konitsas) from December 2023 to November 2024.

Kokkoris single arch stone bridge at Voidomatis River. © Stamos Abatis


The Aoos river basin, a border area in the north-western Greece, has a well-preserved natural environment but is characterised by low socio-economic dynamism, being one of the poorest regions in the EU. Although the Aoos (also known as the Vjosa) is the longest and the last free-flowing river in Europe, the area is under significant threat from planned small hydropower plants.



The project aims to encourage students from the Aoos river basin to engage in the protection of their rivers and contribute to maintain the free flow of the Aoos and its tributaries as a transboundary ecological corridor but also as a resource for community development.



To implement our project, we will:

  • Develop and pilot test an environmental curriculum based on a Role-Playing Game (RPG) with students in the Aoos river basin.
  • Consolidate and disseminate the developed environmental curriculum at local, regional, national, and transboundary levels.
  • Build the capacities to continue the implementation of the environmental curriculum after the end of the project.
University students identifying plant species. © Alexandra Pappa

Expected Results

The school community will be sensitised to river protection and will learn the value of dialogue in addressing complex management issues in an experiential and playful way. Three schools in Konitsa will directly benefit from the project’s activities. The outputs are designed to reach a wide audience including 70 schools from Ioannina and dozens of visiting schools from all over Greece. Let it flow!

Let it flow! A role-play for the Aoos river basin management

The project is implemented in the Aoos River Basin in the municipality of Konitsa, Regional Unit of Ioannina / Region of Epirus, Greece.


Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (MedINA)
5-7 Vassileos Konstantinou Avenue, 10674 Athens

Website: https://med-ina.org/

Nearest city: Konitsa

Contact person for the BESTbelt project: Theodora Lanara theodora(at)med-ina.org

Duration: 12 months

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