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Cultural Foundation “The Routes of the Olive Tree”

National Network: 
Greece
Address: 
Epimelitirio Messinias - Plateia 23 Martiou
24100 – Kalamata
Greece
Telephone: 
+ 30 27210 62200
Telephone (other): 
+ 30 27210 62200
Fax: 
+ 30 27210 62229
Mobile Phone: 
+ 30 6947424110
Mobile Phone (other): 
+ 30 6978246257
Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment: 
1999
General Information: 

A Scientific Committee (10 specialists scientists)
An Executive Office, headed by the Executive Director, assisted by the Coordinator.
A Cross-scientific Network which comprises a committee in each participating country.
50.000 EUR.
Public funding, donations, publications.
Cultural itineraries and events. Youth exchange. Publications.
Under the patronage of the Messinian Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
With the support of : the Hellenic Ministries of Culture, Development and Agriculture, the Euro-Mediterranean Federation of Olive Oil Municipalities (FEMO), the International Olive Oil Council, Greek and Mediterranean C.C.I…
The “Routes of the Olive Tree” have been recognised as the “2nd Cultural Route worldwide” by UNESCO and as a “Major European Cultural Route” by the Council of Europe.

Mission and Objectives: 

• To determine and record the common cultural heritage of the olive tree, which unites the Mediterranean people and is in danger of being lost due to technological advance, globalisation, ignorance and oblivion.
• To develop the intercultural dialogue among Mediterranean people and cultures starting from a common issue, the olive tree.
• To encourage thematic tourism, sustainable development by creating synergies between the cultural heritage of the olive tree, tourism and development.

Main Projects / Activities: 

Main activities:
Organisation of cultural itineraries and events around the theme of the olive tree in olive producing Mediterranean countries.
Publications on the cultural heritage of the olive tree and its world.
Exhibitions, fairs and festivals around the theme of the olive tree.
Organisation of olive oil competitions and of olive products and Mediterranean dishes tasting.
Youth exchange and training on the cultural heritage of the olive tree.
Projects:
Organisation of cultural itineraries in non-olive producing countries, such as China and Japan.
Organisation of the “Sea Routes of the Olive Tree”.

Contact (1) Full Name: 
Mrs. Marinella KATSILIERI
Head of the organisation: 
Mr. Georges KARABATOS
Contact (2) Full Name: 
Mrs. Penelope TZEN

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