A brief background about the Foundation
The Foundation is a private non-profit-making organisation established to implement the Laona Project, a US$1m. rural regeneration and ecotourism project in western Paphos, which was completed in 1994. The project involved five villages on the border of the proposed Akamas reserve area and helped introduce the concept of agrotourism to Cyprus through the project’s activities. A total of 26 traditional buildings were restored, points of visitor attraction were developed in each village, and a number of publications were produced.
Since 1994 the Laona Foundation has continued its activities, offering guidance to the people of Laona; but at the same time, at the request of other communities outside Laona, it has broadened the scope of its activities to cover all areas of Cyprus. In recent years the Foundation has worked closely with the Cyprus Conservation Foundation/Terra Cypria and with the Cyprus Architectural Heritage Organisation; since 2003 it has been taking an increasing interest in issues of landscape and participates as an observer in the meetings of the Landscape Convention, Council of Europe.