Cyprus at the head of the EU

03 July 2012 | News story
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Cyprus is in the spotlight of the EU as its 6-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union begins this month. What about nature conservation? Find out more in this month’s Country Focus dedicated to Cyprus.

Cyprus is situated at the easternmost end of the Mediterranean basin and is the third largest island of the Mediterranean after Sicily and Sardinia. Cyprus has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers and rainy and mild winters. 

Cyprus is part of the “biodiversity hotspot” of the Mediterranean basin, mainly thanks to its many endemic birds, mammals and insects. It is also considered a centre of plant diversity having almost 2,000 taxa of which 143 are endemic. The Natura 2000 Network in the country is comprised of 61 sites from which 32 areas are Sites of Community Importance, 21 areas are classified as Special Protected Areas and 8 have both statuses.

In this month’s Country Focus learn more about the conservation efforts for the wetland of the Oroklini Lake – a LIFE project. Also, find out about the accession of Cyprus to the EU, which contributed a number of new habitat types and species to the EU Habitats Directive, and the establishment of a Plant Micro-Reserve Network in Cyprus. The investigation on the quality of water collected in reservoirs under the EU’s Water Framework Directive is also among the interesting projects presented on the Focus page.

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