The National Garden is Greece’s oldest botanical garden. The richness of its flora, combined with its location in the centre of Athens, make it a unique oasis of biodiversity. Its flora is unique and its wild fauna, although limited, is of particular importance as a long-standing isolated subset of the Attican fauna. Being one of the few extensive green areas within the urban fabric, it ranks among the so-called “urban islands” – places that have preserved their natural characteristics in modern metropolises. The importance of the National Garden, both as a historical monument and as a botanical garden, necessitates the recording of its flora and fauna, a task implemented by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and funded by Bodossaki Foundation, in an effort to preserve, record, upgrade and enrich the National Garden’s biodiversity.
The production of innovative research at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is interrelated with its educational mission and is supported through creative partnerships. The Institution’s research policy focuses on the quality of the results produced in all sciences and sectors of activity of its academic community and is inextricably linked to the policy of team and individual distinction, the rewarding of strong individual performance, the creation of research teams and collaborations, and the cultivation of a favourable environment for innovative actions.