In the area “Koumbara – Diakofto” of Ios, a complex tourist accommodation has been licensed by the company 105 SA. Diakofto is a rocky islet that was connected to the main part of Ios with a narrow strip of rocks. At the connection point there is a beach called Koumbara. The licensing includes the construction of a bridge that connects the rocky islet with the beach, something that is incompatible with the Cycladic landscape. The works in the area have been stopped until the State Council adjudicates an application for cancellation of the permit. In the meantime, autopsies of the Environmental Inspectors have revealed a number of illegalities, which concern the area of the bridge, the alteration of the landscape, the construction of buildings without a permit, the obstruction of control, etc.
Diakofto is a rocky islet that was connected to the main part of Ios with a narrow strip of rocks, as shown in the first photo. The licensing of the complex tourist accommodation includes the construction of a bridge that connects the rocky islet with the beach. The remaining photos show the construction of the bridge, the concrete on the beach, and the general destruction of the landscape. Autopsy of the Environmental Inspectors have even revealed illegalities in the construction of the bridge.
The first photo shows Diakofto before the operations. The second shows the construction of a house right on the ridge, with simultaneous leveling of the ridge at a significantly lower height. The remaining photos show extensive earthworks on the islet.
Autopsies of the Environmental Inspectors have also shown violations in Koumbara, concerning the extent of the constructions and their distance from the sea, the clearing of streams and alteration of the landscape morphology, the unauthorized opening of a road in the coastal and beach area, the planting of alien trees ( palm trees in the USA and Mexico), construction of buildings without a building permit, obstruction of control, and others. The photos show the extensive planting of new palm trees.