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The site has been declared a Controlled Housing Zone, is considered a wetland core and characterised as an"area of total protection of nature". No building activities or interventions are allowed apart from the already existing golf terrain, the conduct of some scientific research studies and the potential construction of small touristic units which will be in limited numbers, in accordance to the environment and outside the forest boundaries. In addition, Skiathos island is protected by the Barcelona Convention.The forest covers an area of 500-600 m in length and 200-250 m in width, being bounded on its east side by a natural yet artificially broadened canal. The rich understorey of broadleaved evergreens, the accumulation of dried material (litter), the lack of light, together with human activities -e.g. burying of garbage, trampling- worsen the water conditions for the growth of P. pinea and make its natural regeneration almost impossible. If this situation continues it will result in the drying out of the pine trees due to ageing and their replacement by the evergreens, something already quite obvious in small openings where there are no pines. It must be noted that in Greece Pinus pinea has considerable populations only in Strofylia of Peloponnisos and Kaiafa, whereas isolated populations of small numbers exist in some scattered locations -Skiathos included. It suffers greatly from tourism, as it is preferred due to its attractive morphology.An essential factor for the stability of the site-system is the hydrodynamic equilibrium between the sea and the lake. Strofilia is a small yet typical lake, and not only has an interesting flora but it is also vital for species of migratory birds, which stop and breed. The beach is open, characterised by high hydrodynamic movements and has low inclination. The sediment has been found to consist of sand. The benthic fauna is rich in terms of species and individuals, showing also high diversity. Site biotopes with high degradation status are the embryonic shifting dunes (2110). A few individual trees, residuals of alluvial forests, are still present. Some thickets of Phragmites communis and Tamarix hampeana are observed around Strofilia. Also, on the lake borders there is an artificial meadow with introduced flora, derived from former cultivations which were abandoned and later covered by excavated material from the bottom of the lake due to an effort to deepen it.OTHER IMPORTANT SPECIES WITH MOTIVATION DThe following species of plants have been entered as other important species with motivation D, for the following reasons: Pancratium maritimum and Calystegia soldanella are threatened due to the gradual destruction of their biotopes. Crassula tillaea and Cicendia filiformis are rare species in Greece, showing also scattered distribution. Callitriche stagnalis although rather common in Greece should be mentioned as its referrences from the Northern Sporades are poor. Fumaria flabellata and Malcolmia nana are rare in Greece, whilst the two species of Orchidaceae, i.e. Serapias cordigera and S. lingua are also rare, especially because of their fragile nature.