Thanasis Kizos

Thanasis Kizos
University of the Aegean · Department of Geography

Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy

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Introduction
Thanasis Kizos currently works at the Department of Geography, University of the Aegean. Thanasis does research in Geography, Food Science and Environmental Science. Some recent projects he participates in are Terra Lemnia (https://terra-lemnia.net/en/) and Terracescape (http://www.lifeterracescape.aegean.gr/en/)
Additional affiliations
September 2021 - present
PrecFarm: Laboratory of Rural Geography and Precision Agriculture Systems
Position
  • Managing Director
Description
  • PrecFarm is a Research Laboratory in the Department of Geography, University of the Aegean that aims at: (a) monitoring and analysing production, environmental and ecological features of farming systems and areas, (b) monitoring inputs and outputs of farms, including irrigation, fertilisation, plant protection, (c) planning of traceability and integrated management systems with precision framing techniques, (d) planning and evaluating agri-environmental measures and policies

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Over the past decades, landscapes worldwide have experienced changes (e.g., urbanization, agricultural intensification, expansion of renewable energy uses) at magnitudes that put their sustainability at risk. The understanding of the drivers of these landscape changes remains challenging, partly because landscape research is spread across many doma...
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Context Cultural landscapes evolve over time. However, the rate and direction of change might not be in line with societal needs and more information on the forces driving these changes are therefore needed. Objectives Filling the gap between single case studies and meta-analyses, we present a comparative study of landscape changes and their drivin...
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Landscape change and its drivers have been the focus of a growing body of literature in the past years. Our objective is to present different approaches to studying and understanding landscape change. We sketch the way in which different approaches and existing conceptual models are related to spatial scales and epistemological aims, and discuss co...
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The management of agroecosystems affects biodiversity at all levels from genetic to food-web complexity. Low-input farming systems support higher levels of genetic, species and habitat diversity than high-input, industrial ones. In Greece, as in other Mediterranean countries, the role of traditional farming practices has been underlined in studies...
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The 2008/2009 global economic recession and the Covid-19 pandemic fuelled a heap of social and economic problems, including growing youth unemployment and inactivity. Amidst this pressing conjuncture, female youngsters living in economically deprived regions have been affected the most. The paper in hand studies the changing analogies between young...
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Η καταπολέμηση των εχθρών μόνιμων καλλιεργειών και ιδιαίτερα εντόμων, γίνεται σήμερα με τη χρήση φυτοπροστατευτικών ουσιών που μπορεί να έχουν αρνητικές επιπτώσεις τόσο στην ποιότητα των παραγόμενων προϊόντων, όσο και στο περιβάλλον, τη βιοποικιλότητα και την υγεία των παραγωγών και καταναλωτών. Αναδύεται όμως ταυτόχρονα, μια τάση που προσανατολίζε...
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Olive growing is an important economic activity for Greece, which is the third-largest olive oil-producing country in the world. The most dangerous enemy of the olives is the olive fruit fly Bactrocera oleae (OLF). For OLF control, a national program is implemented based on bait sprays, the frequency, and intensity of which are determined, among ot...
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The Mediterranean Basin is a global biodiversity hotspot, but formal conservation approaches have not been wholly effective to halt species and ecosystem losses in this world region. There is wide agreement that maintaining traditional and diverse land-use systems is key to conserving biodiversity across the Mediterranean region. Biocultural approa...
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Η χρήση συστημάτων γεωγραφικών πληροφοριών για τη συστηματική καταγραφή των πρακτικών αυτών, βοηθά ώστε να εκτιμηθούν και να χαρακτηριστούν όσον αφορά στην παραγωγή αλλά και το κατά πόσο συμβάλλουν στην διατήρηση ή μη της βιοποικιλότητας. Στην εργασία αυτή, παρουσιάζεται ένα σύστημα καταγραφής καλλιεργητικών πρακτικών, που βασίζεται σε διαδικτυακή...
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Most grazing lands in Mediterranean ecosystems that support extensive sheep farming systems are characterized by unfavorable edapho-climatic conditions, especially in semi-arid areas. Often, though, their use is far from sustainable, causing erosion and ecosystem degradation impacts. In this paper, we explore the use, productivity, and flora divers...
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Over the past 25 years, the study of driving forces of landscape change has developed into a central theme in land change science by contributing to theory development, promoting the analysis of causation of change and gaining insights into how landscape development could be steered into a societally more desirable direction. Based on this progress...
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Σκοπός του παρόντος κειμένου είναι η παρουσίαση ενός συστήματος αξιολόγησης των επιπτώσεων των στρατηγικών της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης με εδαφική διάσταση με τη χρήση της προσέγγισης Sustainability Impact Assessment. Η Ελλάδα μετά από μακροχρόνια περίοδο λιτότητας, ύφεσης και δημοσιονομικής προσαρμογής, θα πρέπει να υιοθετήσει ένα καινούργιο παραγωγικό κ...
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In this paper, we seek to shed light on issues related to satisfaction with government institutions and personal quality of life from living on an island, teasing out common themes to determine whether there is a shared identity among islanders, regardless of geography, level of development and size, as it relates to governance. We explore these qu...
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Η καταπολέμηση των εχθρών μόνιμων καλλιεργειών και ιδιαίτερα εντόμων, γίνεται σήμερα συνήθως με τη χρήση φυτοπροστατευτικών που μπορεί να έχουν αρνητικές επιπτώσεις στην ποιότητα των προϊόντων και στο περιβάλλον και τη βιοποικιλότητα. Αναδύεται μια τάση προς χρήση λιγότερων ή καθόλου φυτοπροστατευτικών και καταπολέμηση ή έλεγχο των εχθρών των καλλι...
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This paper maps the visual impact of mining activities on terrestrial and marine landscapes of the Cyclades islands, Greece, an island complex in the Aegean Sea of particular natural and cultural heritage. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, mining activities developed on the islands, many of which are abandoned today. Some of the remaining...
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Το βιβλίο αφορά στην δημοσίευση των παρουσιάσεων και των συμπερασμάτων - προτάσεων από τα πρακτικά των τριών διαδικτυακών επιστημονικών (03-18-21/3/2021) ημερίδων του Πράσινου Ινστιτούτου για τις παραγωγικές αναδασώσεις, οι οποίες μπορούν να δημιουργήσουν ταυτόχρονα θέσεις εργασίας με αναζωογόνηση των Αγροδασικών συστημάτων της Ελλάδας και της Ευρώ...
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Η Γεωγραφία των προϊόντων Προστατευόμενης Γεωγραφικής Ένδειξης (ΠΓΕ) στην Ευρώπη
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Ridge and furrow is an archaeological pattern of ridges and troughs used in Europe, frequently associated with communal open-field farming and strip cultivation. Strip farming spread throughout Europe in the Middle Ages but appears to have only slightly penetrated southern Europe. In Greece, no areas under a ridge-and-furrow system were previously...
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Ridge and furrow is an archaeological pattern of ridges and troughs used in Europe, frequently associated with communal open-field farming and strip cultivation. Strip farming spread throughout Europe in the Middle Ages but appears to have only slightly penetrated southern Europe. In Greece, no areas under a ridge-and-furrow system were previously...
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Agroforestry and small-scale traditional farming systems as well as multi- functional forest landscapes survived in many rural areas in Europe (both in mountains and islands) that escaped the large scale agricultural transformation that has been supported by the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). How can we build a more resilient rural economy in...
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Η διάκριση του χώρου σε κατηγορίες και η δημιουργία τυπολογιών είναι ένα διαχρονικό ζητούμενο του χωρικού σχεδιασμού. Οι πρώτες προσπάθειες σχετίζονται με τη διάκριση μεταξύ αστικών και αγροτικών περιοχών: τι είναι οι πόλεις, που σταματούν και που ξεκινούν οι αγροτικές περιοχές και η «εξοχή», η ύπαιθρος όπως επικράτησε να ονομάζονται όλοι οι χώροι...
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We present here a data set generated from a multinational survey on opinions of university community members on the prospect of consuming food grown with human urine as fertiliser and about their urine recycling perceptions in general. The data set comprises answers from 3,763 university community members (students, faculty/researchers, and staff)...
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Source-separating sanitation systems offer the possibility of recycling nutrients present in wastewater as crop fertilisers. Thereby, they can reduce agriculture’s impacts on global sources, sinks, and cycles for nitrogen and phosphorous, as well as their associated environmental costs. However, it has been broadly assumed that people would be relu...
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This paper deals with the effect of agricultural land-use practices on biodiversity. The case study is an extensive arable farming system on Limnos, a Greek island in Norther Aegean. The particular farming system combines arable crops grown for food or feed with grazing lands and sheep husbandry. We present the design of a system that (a) records f...
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The agricultural landscape of Mediterranean islands has transformed radically over the last 60 years. The results differ, due to the interplay of macro, national, and local factors for each setting. In this study, some of these trajectories of change are examined for the island of Lemnos in Greece, using remote sensing and oral history techniques....
Technical Report
This research report is produced within the framework of the YOUTHShare project A Place for Youth in Mediterranean EEA: Resilient and Sharing Economies for NEETs and more specifically, within the context of Work Package 1 (WP1) Stimulate Trans-locally: A transnational Research Network for the study of Youth Employment policies in the Mediterranean...
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This research report is produced in the framework of the YOUTHShare project “A Place for Youth in Mediterranean EEA: Resilient and Sharing Economies for NEETs” and more specifically in the context of Work Package 1 (WP1) “Stimulate Trans-locally: A transnational Research Network for the study of Youth Employment policies in the Mediterranean Europe...
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This research deals with the spatial distribution of the PGI products in Europe and thereinafter with the characterization of the production areas at the LAU 2 level according to the territorial typology of the Degree of Urbanization, which consists of the Cities, the Towns and Suburbs and the Rural areas, thereafter according to the areas that are...
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Περίληψη Στο κεφάλαιο αυτό παρουσιάζεται μια σύντομη επισκόπηση των διαφορετικών χρήσεων της βελανιδιάς στον Ελλαδικό χώρο με βάση γραπτές πηγές, με έμφαση στην αρχαιότητα και μια μικρή μεταφορά σε προβιομηχανικές κοινωνίες του 16ου ως και του 20ου αιώνα. Η βασική έμφαση είναι στα Ομηρικά έπη με χρήση και Ελληνικής και ξενόγλωσσης βιβλιογραφία που...
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Η καταπολέμηση του δάκου της ελιάς Bactrocera oleae Rossi (Diptera: Tephritidae), αποτελεί μια πολύπλοκη και δαπανηρή διαδικασία, που περιλαμβάνει διάφορα στάδια, εκ των οποίων το πρώτο αφορά τον έλεγχο του δακοπληθυσμού. Η σημασία της ορθής παρακολούθησης του δακοπληθυσμού είναι η πιο σημαντική, γιατί από τα δεδομένα που συλλέγονται, αποφασίζεται...
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Email: g.Katsikogiannis@samos.gr , a.kizos@aegean.gr Περίληψη-Μεθοδολογία Ο δάκος της ελιάς, Bactrocera oleae Rossi (Diptera: Tephritidae) αποτελεί τον σοβαρότερο εχθρό της ελαιοκαλλιέργειας, λόγω των οικονομικών επιπτώσεων από τις ζημιές που προκαλεί στην ελαιοπαραγωγή κάθε έτος. Το πρόγραμμα συλλογικής καταπολέμησης του δάκου, για να είναι αποτελ...
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Ο αγροτουρισμός και η σχέση του με την τοπική ανάπτυξη λαμβάνεται συνήθως ως κάτι δεδομένο. Ο αγροτουρισμός κυρίως στην Ελλάδα δεν έχει ιδιαίτερα μεγάλη ιστορία όμως συναντώνται αρκετές και σημαντικές εννοιολογικές μεταβολές. Πρόκειται ουσιαστικά για μία πρακτική ανάπτυξης της υπαίθρου που αφορά στη λεγόμενη «διεύρυνση», όπου τα αγροτικά νοικοκυριά...
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This paper engages with the issue of recent labour transformations in the context of the EU South. Α weak economic environment, stagnation, and dismantled labour markets of the past decades, have all been factors indirectly leading to the emergence of alternatives. Social and solidarity economies – promoted by public policies – have been establishe...
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During the past decade, and in response to the persistent world-wide economic recession, several labor market actors have directed their interest on value creating alternatives and on consumption modes that dispute dominant ways of production. Technological evolution along with high diffusion of networking applications has facilitated the establish...
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Accessibility is an important determinant of socio-economic development at all spatial levels because it critically affects the operations and success of economic activities. Measures of accessibility are frequently used to support development policy-making and spatial planning. The spatial sciences provide several quantitative approaches to assess...
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The lack of understanding and definitional inconsistencies regarding agritourism and the importance of cooperation in sustaining this kind of tourism are underlined in the literature. This study analyzes the perceptions of agritourism and cooperation from actors in the sector using a plurality of methods, including unsupervised (a) text mining and...
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The article reports a study of the collection of 20 plant species for agricultural, medicinal, cosmetic, nutritional, technological,and veterinary uses, which are traditionally harvested on Mount Olympus on Lesvos, Greece. The aims of the study were:(1) to summarize the uses of the selected species; (2) to describe the profiles of collectors and the...
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This study analyzes the perceptions of agritourism units owners and stakeholders on (a) agritourism compared to rural tourism and (b) cooperation of different types of actors in the sector. Furthermore, it assesses the type and the degree of cooperation, in other words it investigates the characteristics of informal agritourism networks within dest...
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Το παρόν άρθρο διερευνά τα χαρακτηριστικά των άτυπων δικτύων αγροτουρισμού εντός δύο προορισμών με τη βοήθεια της ανάλυσης κοινωνικών δικτύων και μέσω της μέτρησης των μακρο και μεσο δομικών πτυχών τους. Ο κύριος στόχος είναι να επεξηγηθούν και να συζητηθούν ποσοτικές και ποιοτικές πτυχές αυτών των δικτύων με επιλεγμένους φορείς που συνδέονται (άμε...
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Multi-stakeholder perceptions of landscape changes are increasingly recognized as essential inputs to discussions on future landscape developments, particularly when addressing the future of European rural areas experiencing agricultural abandonment. This research presents a case exploration of abandonment of olive plantations in east Lesvos, Greec...
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Urban green spaces make a significant contribution to the social and ecological environment in cities, and the decisions of green space managers have direct impacts at both local and city scales. However most studies have focussed on public green spaces, despite privately managed gardens collectively forming a large proportion of urban green. The a...
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The abilities of analyzing and perceiving of the landscape are paramount skills of a geographer. In the context of the corresponding course of the Geography Department of the University of the Aegean, we conducted field activities using a mobile learning system that we have developed and which is the intersection of two emerging learning practices:...
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This paper attempts to fill a gap in the international literature by assessing the impacts of agritourism at local level combining different aspects. The primary data were obtained through personal in‐depth interviews with the use of semi‐structured questionnaires. Two destinations in Greece were selected due to their diverse characteristics: an is...
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Fire events are an annual phenomenon in Greece with damages and even casualties, making their understanding and management important. In this paper, we present fire events provided by NASA Fire Information for Resource Management System and place them along a number of spatial types defined by relief and land cover classes. Results demonstrate that...
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The concept of landscape has been increasingly used, in the last decades, in policy and land use planning, both in regard to so-called “special” and to “ordinary” or “everyday” landscapes. This has raised the importance of local and public participation in all issues that refer to landscapes and the definition of the groups that “have a stake” in t...
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Many Japanese and European landscapes harbor biocultural diversity that has been shaped by human agency over centuries. However, these landscapes are threatened by widespread land abandonment, land-use changes, and urbanization. The aim of this study is to use a “solution scanning” method to identify place-based food networks in Europe and Japan th...
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This article contains the findings of an empirical study conducted in the Region of Western Greece, Greece (Prefectures of Aitolia-Akarnania, Ilia and Ahaia). The study concerns the attitudes of local population towards immigrants in the area, covering various aspects of their incorporation into the local economy, labour market and society. We plac...
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Context Human–nature interactions are reflected in the values people assign to landscapes. These values shape our understanding and actions as landscape cocreators, and need to be taken into account to achieve an integrated management of the landscape that involves civil society. Objectives The aim of this research was to increase the current knowl...
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Purpose: Place based foodstuffs have gained salience in markets worldwide and Geographical Indication (GI) products are prominent examples. In this paper, we focus on the governance (formal and informal institutions) of the European and Japanese GI schemes, discuss the variety of procedures of implementing the features of the governance system (inc...
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This study investigates the characteristics of informal agritourism-related networks within destinations with the help of social network analysis by measuring macro and meso structural aspects of networks in two tourist destinations in Greece with different geographic characteristics: an island-Lesvos (in North Eastern Aegean) and a continental loc...
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Agricultural intensification and abandonment have been identified as two of the more prominent and polarizing drivers of landscape change in Europe. These transitions may induce deterioration in landscape functioning and character, particularly in cultural landscapes demonstrative of evolving human-environment dynamics that have sustained environme...
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Η καλλιέργεια ελαιώνων στην Ελλάδα είναι μια πολύ σημαντική οικονομική δραστηριότητα, που έχει ταυτόχρονα μεγάλη πολιτισμική και κοινωνική σημασία αλλά και περιβαλλοντικά οφέλη, ιδιαίτερα σε καλλιεργητικά συστήματα χαμηλών σχετικά εισροών που διατηρούνται ακόμη σε πολλά μέρη της Ελλάδας. Ο σημαντικότερος εχθρός τους είναι ο δάκος (Bactrocera oleae)...
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Η καλλιέργεια ελαιώνων στην Ελλάδα είναι μια πολύ σημαντική οικονομική δραστηριότητα, που έχει ταυτόχρονα μεγάλη πολιτισμική και κοινωνική σημασία αλλά και περιβαλλοντικά οφέλη, ιδιαίτερα σε καλλιεργητικά συστήματα χαμηλών σχετικά εισροών που διατηρούνται ακόμη σε πολλά μέρη της Ελλάδας. Ο σημαντικότερος εχθρός τους είναι ο δάκος (Bactrocera oleae)...
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Sustainable local development is central to debates on socioeconomic and environmental change. Although the meaning of sustainable local development is disputed, the concept is frequently applied to island cases. Studies have recently been made of many local development initiatives in different contexts, with various methods and results. These expe...
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This research investigates the reception of the visual representations of a wind farm (WF) development by local stakeholders. Using non-verbal Q methodology, residents of Lesvos’ island, Greece, sort images according to how these images represented their opinion about the proposed Aegean Link WF project. We found three opinion types. The “Risk Aver...
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Based on evidence collected in 22 village communities from nine study sites situated in Spain, Italy, Greece, Morocco and China, this study analyses the complex interlinkages between social memory, community resilience and land degradation. Social memory is seen as an important explanation regarding the ability of a local community to manage and co...