Resilience in Crete Psiloritis UNESCO Global Geopark and NHMC

Where we are

Psiloritis UNESCO Global Geopark is located on the central part of Crete in Greece. The landscape is of superb geodiversity, with a great variety of volcanos and different geological ages. With a wide range of animals, plants as well as antiquities and intangible oral history the area offers a unique natural and cultural heritage. Psiloritis is still a living area with small rural towns and sustainable local food production. Local businesses have through networking created a local quality label to distingue products and services from the area.


Psiloritis offers opportunities for both recreation and education for all ages and abilities. Visitors have a wide range of choices when it comes to sport and leisure. In collaboration with the Natural History Museum of the University of Crete, the Geopark provide numerus educational activities daily. There has been research to increase resilience with the help of natural and cultural heritage. For the inhabitants in Psiloritis, resilience training has been provided as well as toolkits.

Rural Heritage

The hub of Psiloritis is located at the Natural History Museum of Crete of the University of Crete (NHMC) which is also the scientific coordinator of the geopark. Actions and meetings will be located at different villages, among them Anogia where the geopark headquarter is situated. The facility in Anogia, offers the possibility to practice and train resilience to the community in an area scared from past disasters. The obvious remembrance of previous hazards provides useful case studies for sustainable training and development.  At the same time, the collaboration with the museum complements Anogia with exhibitions, tools and displays for the resilience training.