Following an invitation by Vice President Al Gore to former Prime Minister
of Greece Andreas Papandreou, Greece expressed its warm interest to participate
in the GLOBE Programme. Since then the Ministry of Environment, Physical
Planning and Public Works - Deputy Minister Elissavet Papazoi has been
given the overall responsibility for the implementation of the GLOBE Programme
in Greece - has undertaken a number of actions to facilitate the efficient
and wider possible involvement of Greek schools in the Programme.
The Ministry of Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works has assigned to a team of scientists from the University of Athens (Department of Applied Physics and Division of Informatics) to examine - through a feasibility study - the physical parameters to be monitored with respect to geographic region and the local environmental characteristics, the available infrastructure (in particular with respect to telecommunications), the experience of Greek schools in environmental projects, the capacities of the personnel to undertake environmental tasks, etc., and to thereafter design the implementation pattern of ALEXANDROS project - that is the module of GLOBE programme for Greece.
The feasibility study concluded on October 1995 by selecting 24 representative Greek schools (primiry, secondary and vocational schools spread out over the whole country) to operate environmental stations and to be connected to the International Network of GLOBE.
It should be also mentioned that a Steering Committee consisting of representatives from the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Education and the University of Athens has been established to monitor the progress of ALEXANDROS.
The three year implementation phase of ALEXANDROS approved on 10 June 1996. The University of Athens awarded to operate, monitor and support this phase.