The life of Imerys’ plant nursery on Milos counts already almost 2 decades of innovative environment rehabilitation and biodiversity methods as well as educational activities targeting the local community’s schools, while at the same time offering its valuable know-how to other islands of the Cyclades island complex when asked.
Although an activity dating back to years earlier than 2010, in 2016 the idea was put forward to organize the plant nursery’s educational activities establishing a framework of pupils’ and students’ visits to the actual site of the nursery and of enlightening seminars and talks also “in situ” or at the company’s premises on the island. This educational program is built on the “backbone” of the nursery’s various traditional social contribution activities, such as tree-plantings, or other reclaiming practices, such as maintaining or elaborating already existing rehabilitation works. Within this context several such educational activities have so far taken place while the program comprises many more throughout the year.
In 1994 the plant nursery started the reproduction of local and endemic Milos plant species with the goal to use them in its mines’ rehabilitation works on the island. Thus, it became quite early the “nucleus” of the Company’s biodiversity policy, and was very often called to offer its valuable know-how to other Cyclades islands and areas of Attica, too. On top of that, the plant nursery became very soon a place of environmental education for both the primary and secondary schools of Milos and Kimolos. As of 2015 an educational program was organized with the goal to introduce the children of Milos into the wonderful world of plants and biodiversity and to make them understand the connection mechanisms between the plant species and the environment of the island (its climate and soil conditions).
Therefore, special “lessons” were organized addressed to the children of the elementary, primary and secondary schools of Milos. Within the framework of the aforementioned educational activities, a thorough reference is also being made to the Company’s mine rehabilitation methods adapted to the island’s specific climate conditions and to its biodiversity policy. The educational program is directly interwoven with other social activities, such as tree plantings of local tree species, or restoring rare plants in their natural ecosystems (i.e. Sea Lily, etc.) with the cooperation of various social bodies active in environmental issues.