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AEGEAN ISLANDS
Northern Karpathos and the islet of Saria, where studies that were part of the Life program were carried out, constitute one of the most important biotopes of the Mediterranean seal worldwide. Many kinds of natural habitats exist on Karpathos and Saria among which are Posidonia habitats, Mediterranean rivers, Mediterranean temporary ponds, the Sarcopoterium spinosum garrigue, reefs, the Aegean calcareous rocks, caves, scree of the Balkan Peninsula, oriental plane (Platanus orientalis) forests, Mediterranean pine forests containing indigenous Mediterranean pine species, etc.  
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Karpathos, the second largest island of the Dodecanese, along with the islet of Saria, are among the most important islands from an environmental viewpoint due to their natural habitats and the rare species of animals living there that need to be protected and preserved. Two areas of Karpathos are included in the NATURA 2000 network and the island is regarded as a very important region for birds and the protection of the Mediterranean seal. The central part of Karpathos, specifically the area between Kali Limni, Lasthos and Kyra Panagia (9,350 Ha), falls under the category of Sites of Community Importance of the NATURA 2000 network due to its geomorphology, the mollusc fossils found there and its rare indigenous flora and fauna species.
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