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The project in the Region of Central Macedonia includes mosquito control actions (larvae and adult monitoring, larviciding interventions, epidemiological surveillance) in the wetlands, in the periurban and agricultural system as well as in the urban system, aiming at the protection of public health and the reduction of the nuisance caused by mosquitoes.

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The Region of Western Greece is implementing a wide-area mosquito control project in the rural, peri-urban and urban system, with emphasis on the coastal zone and the extensive wetlands as well as on the urban system of cities and settlements of high tourist development and/or high risk of mosquito-borne diseases.

The main components of the projects include: surveillance and mapping of mosquito-breeding areas, monitoring of larval and adult mosquito populations, control of larval and adult mosquito populations, epidemiological surveillance in adult mosquitoes and sentinels

The project concerns the implementation of a wide-area integrated mosquito control programme in the Region of Western Macedonia and includes all the required actions for monitor and control of mosquito larvae and  adult population in order to protect the Public Health and reduce the nuisance caused by mosquitoes. The project is carried out in all four Regional Units, in the urban, peri-urban/rural and natural environment of all 12 municipalities of the Region, with emphasis on the lakesides and riversides.

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Specific objectives:

1. The protection of high – nuisance areas, particularly lakesides and riversides

2. The identification, evaluation and treatment of the main mosquito breeding sites in the natural, peri-urban, rural and urban environment.

4. The entomological and epidemiological surveillance through the establishment and operation of fixed networks for monitoring entomological and epidemiological risk assessment data.

5. The readiness and ability to respond immediately and effectively in mosquito-borne diseases outbreaks.

6. To inform and raise public awareness, with the aim of contributing to the success of the project and taking self-protection measures.

7. The use of the most appropriate new scientific and technological tools and methodologies to achieve the best results and to continuously monitor the implementation of the above objective.

Project extent:

The project includes larvicidal actions (field work – sampling and spray interventions) on:

●     20,000 ha of wetlands, of which 3,000 ha are considered as highly productive in mosquito larvae

●     992 kilometers of canals and streams in the rural and peri-urban system.

●     200 ha of flooded areas in the peri-urban system

●     1.400 scattered breeding sites of limited extent in the peri-urban and rural system

●     7 towns and cities with a population more than 5,000 inhabitants, 10.000 catch basins in cities and settlements

Methodology:

The mosquito control actions consist of larvae samplings and ground larviciding in the natural, peri-urban, rural and urban system as well as aerial larviciding in the wetlands with the use of unmanned means (drones)

Priority is given to:

  • areas where wetlands co-exist with densely populated urban areas
  • areas where cases of mosquito-borne diseases have been recorded (West Nile virus, malaria)
  • areas of high tourist interest

Mosquito control actions are performed in the urban, peri-urban, rural and natural environment of Crete, with emphasis on the residential and tourist environment of the coastal zone. The main goal of the project is the protection and preservation of Public Health against mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, West Nile fever, dengue fever etc. The project also aims to reduce the nuisance caused by mosquitoes to residents and tourists, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life and the support of economic and tourist development of the Region.

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Specific objectives:

  1. The protection of high-risk areas, especially those where outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases have occurred in recent years
  2. The identification, evaluation and treatment of the main mosquito breeding sites in the natural, peri-urban, rural and urban environment
  3. he reduction of mosquito population in cities and settlements especially those with high tourist development
  4. The entomological and epidemiological surveillance through the establishment and operation of fixed networks for monitoring entomological and epidemiological risk assessment data
  5. The readiness and ability to respond immediately and effectively in mosquito-borne diseases outbreaks
  6. To inform and raise public awareness, with the aim of contributing to the success of the project and taking self-protection measures
  7. The use of the most appropriate new scientific and technological tools and methodologies to achieve the best results and to continuously monitor the implementation of the above objectives

Project extent:

The project includes larvicidal actions (field work – sampling and spray interventions) on:

  • 100 wetlands and flooded areas
  • 1.000 kilometers of canals and streams in the rural and peri-urban system
  • 5.000 breeding sites in the peri-urban system
  • 10.000 catch basins and other significant breeding sites in towns and cities

Methodology:

The mosquito control actions consist of larvae samplings and ground larviciding in the natural, peri-urban, rural and urban system as well as aerial larviciding in the wetlands and peri-urban system with the use of unmanned means (drones)

 

Priority is given to::

  • areas of high tourist interest
  • areas where cases of mosquito-borne diseases have been recorded (West Nile virus, malaria)
  • areas where wetlands co-exist with densely populated urban areas