We’re thrilled to announce Mission Blue’s newest Hope Spot in Avlaki, Lesvos island – the first of its kind in the Aegean.
Avlaki represents life: Water. The continuous ebb and flow of water signifies the movement of Life, and it includes hope and peace above and below water.
Avlaki is a permanent Hope Spot for all that is living and nurtured by our marine areas. Over recent years, the region has been a Hope Spot for hundreds of thousands of displaced people who travelled across the sea under painful circumstances in hope of a better world.
A true and tangible symbol, the Avlaki Hope Spot represents hope and peace. Let’s unite together to honour, respect, protect and enjoy it during our lifetime, and after.
Chosen for its special abundance of migratory species, significant historical and cultural value and economic importance to the community, Avlaki has the potential to reverse the negative impact caused by civilization over the years.
Near Ancient Mythimna, a few miles from Avlaki, there are a number of caves where monk seals give birth. Also, the island of St. George is a breeding and nesting ground for protected bird species, like the yellow-beaked seagull. Both these species are threatened.