Rouvas forest lies on the Southeastern part of the Psiloritis mountain range and consists the most significant of the few natural ecosystems in the Prefecture of Iraklio with an enormous ecological and aesthetic value. It is included in the "NATURE 2000" list (NATURA 2000 Mountain Idi). Since 2001 it has been characterized as a Shelter of Wild Life in most of its extend (80%).
The area has an intense anaglyph that creates special micro-environments in the entire forest. It is characterized by the diversity of the landscapes, the high biodiversity, the presence of many endemic animal and plant species of Crete and Greece, rare phytogenic formations, rare and endangered species.