Friends of the Earth Cyprus, BirdLife Cyprus, the Cyprus Conservation Foundation Terra Cypria, and the Federation of Environmental Organisations of Cyprus are part of a pan European #NatureAlert campaign that defends the laws that protect our nature. In May 2015, major environmental organisations launched the Nature Alert campaign in response to the EU Commission’s suggestion to evaluate whether the existing EU nature laws should be changed.
The objective of the campaign was to inform the public about these laws and how important they are in nature protection. Europe’s nature laws, specifically the Birds and Habitats Directives (often referred to as Nature Directives), are recognised as some of the strongest in the world to protect biodiversity, which is threatened in Europe. These laws protect over 1,000 key species and over 27,000 natural sites in Europe and maintain the largest network of protected areas in the world, the Natura 2000 network. The Natura 2000 network aims to protect and manage vulnerable species and habitats in Europe. Scientific evidence shows that the laws effectively protect key endangered species and threatened habitats and contribute to the socio-economic development of local communities and regions. In Cyprus there are 62 areas in the Natura 2000 network. Oroklini Lake is an outstanding example of the positive results the legislative framework of the Nature Directives can have, environmentally as well as socially. Cape Greco, Akamas Peninsula and the Troodos National Forest Park are well-known areas in Cyprus that belong to the network of protected areas Natura 2000 and which attract thousands of tourists who wish to enjoy our unique natural heritage.
During summer 2015, through the activities of the European and the local groups, we manage to gather almost half a million signatures from European citizens calling on the European Commission to save Europe’s nature laws, sending the strongest message for nature protection in the history of the EU.
In our effort to increase public sensitivity and awareness of the people’s right to nature, and to make people love and appreciate nature, we organise activities and actions in different levels.
Friends of the Earth Cyprus activities
- Public lecture “The laws of Nature”
- Documentary Screening «Emptying the Skies»
- Photographic Exhibition Keepers
- Excursion in Kritou Terra