MICRO-DAMS in Kavouropotamos of Paros | Dry-stone infrastructure to address water scarcity

completed project


In places where water was a scarce commune, communities used a variety of practices to address the problem of water scarcity. One of the traditional water management practices that is lost over time is the small-scale dams along the periodic flow streams.

The purpose of these small low-height dams was initially to reduce the slope of the stream bed and to collect small amounts of water for irrigation. However, in front of the challenges of climate change and the anthropogenic pressures, small dams perform three additional functions for the nature and human environment:

- By reducing the flow rate of water and keeping part of it, a better penetration into the ground is achieved, enriching in this way the underground aquifer.
- During periods of heavy rainfall, they retain significant amounts of water and sediments, reducing in this way the risk of flooding in the settlements that are usually located in the coastal area, at the mouth of the streams.
- They are places of biodiversity: the created shallow water reservoirs are small oases for arid island ecosystems, being suitable habitats for many species of flora and fauna, especially during periods of drought.

Aiming at the scientific documentation of these multiple functions of the micro-dams, WWF Greece, the Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (MedINA), the Hellenic  Institute of Speleological Research (HISR), the Municipality of Paros and Municipal Water Supply and Sewerage Company of Paros implement the project "Stone micro-dams: A green infrastructure to address water scarcity on small arid islands "

Within the context of the above project, Boulouki and the Paros Festival co-organize a hands-on workshop for the construction of micro-dams in Kavouropotamos, a periodic flow stream in the southeast of Paros island (Cyclades, Greece).

The hands-on workshop is addressed to a large group of people and has 15 placements for participants mainly for students and young professionals from the fields of applied arts, engineering, heritage management, environmental sciences and other related fields.

The duration of the workshop is 4 days (1-4 June 2022) and includes the field work of construction of the dry-stone micro-dams in Kavouropotamos (between the settlements of Lagada and Aspro Chorio) as well as parallel educational activities and guided tours on the island.

The field work will be carried out under the guidance of three experienced craftsmen-trainers from Paros and will include all stages of construction, from the collection of raw materials to the foundation and the completion of the micro-dams. At the same time, we will discuss technical, statutory, cultural and environmental issues that arise through the project and its various extensions such as the proper management of natural resources and the use of local raw materials in technical projects.

Important dates and information

Deadline for application: 15 May 2022

Notification of acceptance: by 17 May 2022

Workshop dates: 1-4 June 2022

Location: Kavouropotamos, Paros, Cyclades, Aegean Sea, Greece

Participation Cost: 200 € *

The participation cost in the workshop includes accommodation in Paros (5 nights: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 - Saturday, June 4, 2022), one snack and one meal per day, as well as all transfers within the program of the workshop.

* The participation cost for the permanent residents of Paros is 50 € (accomodation is not included)

location: Kavouropotamos, Paros, Cyclades

date: 01/60/2022 - 04/06/2022

co-organisers: Boulouki, Paros Festival

collaboration: WWF Greece, Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (MedINA),  Hellenic Institute of Speleological Research (HISR), Municipality of Paros and Municipal Water Supply and Sewerage Company of Paros 

photography: Grigoris Koutropoulos(BLK), Thanos Giannakakis (WWF Greece)