We are implementing a hydrological and hydrogeological study for the water regime of the Spring of Panayias Eleimonitrias in the island of Karpathos in Greece, on behalf of the Societas Hellenica Herpetologica.
According to the National Action Plan for the endemic frog of Karpathos (Pelophylax cerigensis), the wider area of the spring is one of the four areas in the island in which the species is found. The Karpathos frog is listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and is one of the most endangered frogs due to its isolated, small range. The habitat loss of the species is also caused by the rainfall decrease and the drought that affects the southeast Aegean as a consequence of climate change.
The objective of the study is to propose minor interventions to the Spring’s area, aiming to ensure a minimum constant flow throughout the year for the conservation of the habitat of the Karpathos frog.