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CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT IN NATURA 2000 SITES OF CYPRUS

The continuing deterioration of natural habitats and the dangers that threat some species are the first priority of the environmental policy of the European Union, which aims to ensure the biodiversity by conserving natural habitats as well as the wild fauna and flora in the territory of its Member States. For this purpose, an ecological network of special protection areas has been created, the «Natura 2000».

Since Cyprus joined the European Union in 2004, it has faced the challenge of adjusting its conservation and management strategies to the concepts, priorities and procedures arising from EU obligations.

The LIFE-Nature program «Conservation Management in Natura 2000 sites of Cyprus» is the first attempt of applied scientific management in five areas of the NATURA 2000 network in Cyprus and has excelled after its completion, for its successful application.

European project takes under its protection the natural habitats threatened by destruction in Cyprus

RESEARCH PROJECT ON THE CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT OF NATURE AND BIODIVERSITY

The LIFE-Nature program «Conservation Management in Natura 2000 sites of Cyprus» is the first application of scientific management in five areas of the NATURA 2000 Pan-European Ecological Network in Cyprus: Kavo Gkreko, Diarizou Valley, Vouni Panagias, Troodos National Forest Park (NFP) and Alykes Larnakas.

The aim of the project has been the implementation of direct actions in order to ensure the favorable conservation status of natural habitats and different priority species in areas that are being studied.

These actions laid the foundations for the management of other areas of the NATURA 2000 Network in Cyprus as well and they have contributed significantly to the knowledge transfer between the University of Athens and competent institutes of the Republic of Cyprus.

Within four years, during the project implementation period, forty actions of protections and management have been carried out in total.

BEST LIFE NATURE PROJECTS 2009

The Co-financed program by the European Union «COMANACY: Conservation Management in Natura 2000 sites of Cyprus» (Life 2004-2008) was recognized by the European Commission Program LIFE - 2009 for its contribution to the conservation of natural habitats and priority species, in areas that are being studied in Cyprus, as one of the 23 more successful projects completed in 2009.

NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Kyriacos Georghiou, (Scientific Coordinator), Constantinos A. Thanos, Pinelopi Delipetrou, Marios Andreou.

Department of Botany, Faculty of Biology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

http://www.biol.uoa.gr/