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Cyprus - Overview

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Please note that this country profile has been prepared by the Secretariat on the basis of information provided in the NBSAP and national reports, but has not been reviewed by the Party concerned.

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Biodiversity Facts

Status and trends of biodiversity, including benefits from biodiversity and ecosystem services

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

With an area of 9,251 km2, Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean. Its varied climate, diverse geology and insular character have resulted in a wide variety of natural, semi-natural and anthropogenic habitats... More »

Main pressures on and drivers of change to biodiversity (direct and indirect)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The current main threats to Cypriot biodiversity are: a rapidly expanding construction industry, especially in regard to the tourist industry along... More »

Measures to Enhance Implementation of the Convention

Implementation of the NBSAP

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Cyprus has not yet prepared a comprehensive Biodiversity Action Plan, but has related national policies, such as the Sustainable Development Strategy, Forest Policy, Agriculture Policy, Water Policy, Fisheries Policy, which help to safeguard the island’s biodiversity... More »

Actions taken to achieve the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Several national and international plans or programmes have integrated objectives related to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, such as the National Forest Programme, the Rural Development Scheme and the EU Habitats and Birds Directives... More »

Support mechanisms for national implementation (legislation, funding, capacity-building, coordination, mainstreaming, etc.)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The current trend of biodiversity is showing improvements, compared with a long period of biodiversity decline during the last century. This is largely a result of coordinated efforts taken by government departments and non-governmental organizations, and measures taken after Cyprus’s accession to the European Union, mainly regarding the establishment of the Natura 2000 network, however also related to the endorsement and enforcement of relevant legislation... More »

Mechanisms for monitoring and reviewing implementation

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Cyprus has a basic system for reviewing the effectiveness of actions taken towards biodiversity conservation. As reflected in the national reports... More »

National Contacts

Full details of national contacts »

Convention on Biological Diversity

Mrs. Elena Stylianopoulou
CBD Primary NFP, CHM NFP, ICNP ABS NFP
Ms. Marina Xenophontos
CBD Primary NFP, ICNP ABS NFP
Mr. Demetris Koutroukides
Resource Mobilization FP
Ms. Anna Savvidou
ICNP ABS NFP
Director
Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment
GSPC NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Mrs. Elena Stylianopoulou
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP, BCH NFP

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