Responding to the call for a Blog Action Day with environmental issues (see the relevant press release here), and taking into consideration the international demand for measures dealing with the greenhouse effect and the warming of our planet (for the recent Peace Nobel Price see here and here), we would like to remind again the side effect of increased forest fires that claimed a huge part of Greek Forests two months ago. You can see our comments for that event here, but we take this opportunity to propose also an initiative for the concerted action of all mediterannean countries affected and their Environmental NGOs for environmental management with the particular aim of reducing the risks of summer forest fires. Furthermore, the strengthening of the protection and management of ecologically important sites is urgently needed. This is especially true for Greece, where many sources agree that policies about protected areas are underdeveloped and sometimes undermined. This is one point where the European Commissioner for the Environment, Mr Dimas (who is organizing a chat for environmental issues today in his site), can exert his influence and authority.