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Cyprus - Overview

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Status and Trends of Biodiversity

Overview

Located near three continents, this island is situated on one of the major bird migration routes. According the World Resources Institute, Cyprus possesses 1 682 species of higher plants, 83 species of birds, and 72 species of fish. In addition, 8.3% of the country is under protection. Loss of biodiversity constitutes a serious problem for the country because tourism is the main pillar of its economy... More »

Implementation of the Convention

Measures Taken to Achieve the 2010 Target

Cyprus states that several national and international plans or programmes have integrated objectives related to the 2010 target, such as the National Forest Programme, the Rural Development scheme, and the EU Habitats and Birds Directives. The Natura 2000 Network comprises sites of interest in regard to marine and coastal biodiversity, dry and subhumid land biodiversity, forest biodiversity and mountain biodiversity... More »

Initiatives in Protected Areas

The Third National Report confirms that measures have been elaborated and activities have been undertaken regarding this issue. Several sites are included in the Natura 2000 Network and the list of Ramsar sites.

National Contacts

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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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