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This project aims to make the concept of biodiversity better understood among the public in general and in particular among influential policy-makers or actors whose decisions/actions have an impact on biodiversity protection (e.g. the judiciary/law enforcement, prosecutors, construction industry, politicians, government departments, tourist industry, hunters) while simultaneously addressing the public at large (especially families and urban dwellers). In cooperation with the Sigma Media group, it has promoted TV spots, articles and focused seminars.
Mapping the wetlands of Cyprus
Terra Cypria has offered its services in Cyprus to WWF Greece, which is a partner in a larger Mediterranean project, MedTrends. This project will identify at a transnational level, the most likely scenarios of marine economic growth, foreseen over the next 20 years in Med-EU countries. The locations of these activities is being digitally mapped and their impact on marine life assessed. Our responsibility was to organize and chair two workshops for the Cyprus Steering Committee (which is composed of Government Departments) enabling them to come together and consider the findings. The first event was held in November, 2014, and the second in April 2015.
Steve Warnock, expert from Reading University leading the fieldwork
Illegal bird trapping
Birds for the future a bi-communal project funded by HasNa (summer 2013), bringing together Greek and Turkish Cypriots teenagers from both communities where bird-trapping takes place to explain why this is wrong. This project was completed with seminars in 2014 for enforcement and prosecuting officers involved in wildlife crime.
MeDTrends workshop in Nicosia for the Government Departments
Terra Cypria has offered its services in Cyprus to WWF Greece, which is a partner in a larger Mediterranean project. The MedTrends project will identify at a transnational level, the most likely scenarios of marine economic growth, foreseen over the next 20 years in Med-EU countries. The locations of these activities will be digitally mapped and their impact on marine life assessed. Our responsibility is to organize and chair two workshops in Cyprus for the Cyprus Steering Committee (which is composed of Government Departments) to come together and consider the findings. The first event was held in November, 2014, and the next one will take place in April 2015.
Young journalists after three-day workshop they took certificate.
ADAQUA: Advanced aquatic tools for sustainable pollution risk management in Cypriot river basins (2011-2013), funded by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation. The project’s aim was to provide Cypriot stake holders and end-users with novel practical environmental tools that can be used to predict, mitigate and manage river water pollution in Cyprus, by integrating established and newly-emerging ecological, microbiological and hydrological protocols.
Collaborative Solutions (July 2012) funded and organized by HasNa US. A tailor-made bi-communal training visit to the US to practice environmental conflict resolution with a group composes of hunters and environmentalists.
Oak woodland, Kremmiotis
“Oaks for the future” (2009-2011), funded by UNDP. A bi-communal project aiming to contribute to the improvement of the conservation status of the Aleppo oak and the Kermes oak in Cyprus and to increase habitat protection by identifying important Oak areas across Cyprus. It involved identification and mapping of ancient oak stands, many of which are in hitherto unexplored ravines.
Viewing the foundations of St Catherine basilica over which the Grand mosque now stands
The historic centre of Limassol and its communities, 2011, funded by the Engage-Small Grants programme. It involved the organisation of a series of lectures and walks in the old town of Limassol based on the book “Echoes from the Past (see below). The walks were for schools and universities from the Greek and Turkish communities.
The authors of the book “Echoes from the Past” Messrs Ozay and Selchuk Akif with the Mayor of Limassol
Daily Life and Culture of the Turkish Cypriot Community of the Old Town of Limassol, 2006-2008, funded by UNDP-ACT, Cultural Programmes. Terra Cypria published a trilingual book with unique, and hitherto unknown, material collected by two Turkish Cypriot Limassolians, Ozay and Selchuk Akif, based on their knowledge, memories and research. The project made this material known through public presentations to Greek and Turkish Cypriot audiences, and guided ‘cultural walks’ led by the authors in parts of the old town described in their book. The book win the State Prize on Literature, 2008.
Bi-communal study of the cultural significance of a part of Limassol’s Old Town, 2002-2004, funded by UNOPS/USAID. The project recorded and demonstrated the social, architectural and cultural significance of the Study Area, which comprised a Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot neigbourhood, examined and assessed the socio-economic perspectives of the Old Town and that time and produced a user-friendly guide to the old town, enabling both locals and visitors to appreciate its buildings and traditional artisans.
Habitat survey, conducted by the Environmental Studies Centre as part of a broader study for the sustainable management of the River Valleys of Eastern Paphos, 1999-2001, funded by LIFE ’99.
Preliminary study for the sustainable management of the Bishop’s Farm, Akrotiri, 2000, funded by the A.G. Leventis Foundation. The purpose of this study was to assist in the sustainable utilisation of Church property with a preliminary study which could form the basis of an area management plan. The area has a particular ecological interest as it comprises part of a wetland (Akrotiri), the foreshore with its sand-dunes, and cultivated land.
Public discussion addressed by the Attorney General of Cyprus, Alecos Markides. On the panel former EU Commissioner, Yiannis Paleokrassas; Director of the Cyprus Environment Service, Nicos Georgiades; ex-Minister of Justice the late Stella Soulioti; and Vice President of the Greek Supreme Administrative Court, Michael Dekleris.
Green Awareness, 1994-1999, funded by LIFE ’94. This is the project by which the Foundation and the Cyprus Environmental Studies Centre were set up with the objective of making society aware of the need for sustainable development. Seminars, workshops were organized for political parties, technocrats and local government in various parts of Cyprus that were attended by 780 adults.
Introducing the environmental acquis communautaire
Introducing the environmental acquis communautaire, 1998 funded by DG Environment, EU. It involved a series of seminars for the judiciary from both Greece and Cyprus, and for the Church and other professionals on the principle that Christianity has an interest in protecting the natural environment.
‘Training of trainers’, bi-communal project offering practical environmental training to schoolteachers from the Greek and Turkish community, 2000-1, funded by UNOPS.
Sustainable fishing, 1998-1999, Research on fishing methods, funded by the Greek Ministry of the Aegean within the programme ‘Thrace-Aegean-Cyprus’
Bi-communal Environmental Education Programme, 1996, funded by WWF. Various hands-on courses were organized for teachers, so as to increase the multiplier effect of environmental awareness
Capacity Building for Environmental NGOs, 2007-2008, funded by UNDP to influence decision-making in Cyprus today, so as to give weight to concepts of sustainability and environmental protection and to raise awareness and sound understanding of environmental sustainability amongst the citizens of tomorrow.