CORE ACTIVITIES

CORE ACTIVITIES

These are on-going activities intimately bound with our raison d' etre, on issues that are continuously monitored and promoted. They are:
The Cyprus Environmental Studies Centre (CESC)
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The CESC, classrooms and residential wing


The CESC was set up by the Cyprus Conservation Foundation to educate future generations of decision-makers in environmental issues. It is based in the former school of Kritou Terra, a Laona Project Village. Fully operational since 1996, and extended in 2004-6, with assistance from the Cyprus Government, it has offered courses throughout the last two decades to over 55.000 pupils and students from Cyprus and abroad. Students are housed on the premises or in local accommodation and eat at local tavernas, contributing to the economy of the region.


Securing a suitable status for protection of the Akamas Peninsula
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Akamas Peninsula


The fate of the western peninsula of Cyprus, where turtles nest and many rare and endemic species reside, is followed closely both at local and European level. The Foundation is instrumental in keeping the matter before the European Commission and the Bern Convention for the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats.

 


Combating the slaughter of Migratory Birds (mostly blackcaps, known locally as 'ambelopoulia')
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Robin caught in the sticky substances of lime-sticks 


According to BirdLife and CABS, over 1m. birds are trapped each year by the illegal use of lime-sticks and mist nets. Both are non-selective, painful ways of killing which result in many endangered and non-edible species being trapped and killed. Our involvement takes various forms, ranging from seminars regarding wildlife crime, to T.V. talk shows, presentations to tourism professionals and raising the issue at the Bern Convention Standing Committee.


Securing good governance vis-à-vis environmental matters and public involvement
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Destructions of sand dunes in the protected sea-turtle nesting area, Polis Yalia


The current economic crisis in Cyprus has made Cypriots aware that we are facing not only serious economic issues, but a crisis in values. The Foundation is keenly involved in promoting transparent and democratic procedures through its active participation in public discussion. Moreover, it follows the development of legislation regarding NGOs and the implementation in Cyprus of the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters.


Cypruswatch

Under our ‘Cypruswatch’ activities the Foundation’s officers participate on a regular basis in parliamentary sessions, in deliberations for the Appropriate Assessment of development proposals within Natura 2000 sites, and other public meetings concerning environmental or governance issues. On each occasion a position paper is prepared.