The program Natura 2000 is a network of areas / zones for the ecosystem protection throughout the European Community. The aim is to ensure the survival of Europe's most valuable and threatened species in our ecosystem ( fauna & flora ) and general biodiversity .
Evia and Skyros island have several zones covered by Natura 2000.
Some of them are:
· Mount Ochi - Campos Karystou - River - Cape Kafirefs
· Dirfys : Narrow Forest - Delphi
· Mount Kandylis - Valley Prokopios - Delta Kirea
· Large & Small Livari - Delta Xirias - Ranunculus
· Forest St. Nicholas
· Telethrion - Lihada - Gialtra
· Skyros Term Shells
. Islets Skyros
· Lake Dystos
The region contains over 700 different plant species. Some are rare, endemic or protected.
Rare plants in the area
It is not only the local endemic plants that are interesting from a botanical point of view. There are also many plants that are endemic only to Evia or only to Greece. Some are rare, that is, they can be found only in small numbers, or they grow in few areas. Ochi is the southernmost point at which some species will grow, while others are simply valued as decorative plants.
Campanula celsii carystea:A species of bellflower that is one of the loveliest endemic plants of the area and common on the southern foothills of Ochi. It even grows on the upper walls of the Castello Rosso.
Stachys euboica:Belonging to the Lamiaceae family, it is an endemic aromatic plant that grows on the rocky ground of Cavo d’Oro, in the Aghios Dimitrios ravine and in very few other places around Ochi.
Inula subfloccosa:Is a very rare local endemic plant that grows on steep, stony ground, such as on the mountains of Cavo d’Oro and Stefania in Lala.
Viola euboea:The wild pansy of Evia is endemic to the island and can be found in various hues such as violet, yellow and off white. It flourishes on many parts of the island.