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iLIFE-TROODOS - Troodos National Forest Park: Promoting natural values and Ecosystem Services

LIFE16 GIE/CY/000709


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Contact details:

Contact person: Minas Papadopoulos
Tel: 35722805528
Email: mpapadopoulos@fd.moa.gov.cy



Project description:

Background

The Natura 2000 network in Cyprus consists of 63 sites, covers an area of 1 760 km2 and includes 40 Sites of Community Interest (SCI) and 30 sites of Special Protection Areas (SPA). Seven sites are both SCI and SPA. Most Cypriots are either ill-informed about the existence of the Natura 2000 network or are unaware of the reasons for which an area is included in the network. Moreover, the Natura 2000 network has often been the topic of heated discussions both in Cyprus and in other EU Member States with landowners considering that the classification of land as protected site has negative financial consequences for them and is an obstacle to land development. The important role of the Natura 2000 network in preserving natural values and providing and maintaining a range of ecosystem services (and their associated socio-economic benefits) remains poorly understood and undervalued.


Objectives

The iLIFE-TROODOS project aims to increase public awareness of the Troodos national forest park’s natural values and the ecosystem services it provides. This site is one of the most visited Natura 2000 sites in Cyprus and one of the most important natural ecosystem and biodiversity hotspots of the island.

The specific objectives of the project are to:

  • Increase awareness of the need for the Natura 2000 network and, in particular, the natural values of the Troodos national forest park that are the reason for its inclusion in the network;
  • Change people's negative attitude towards the Natura 2000 network and raise awareness of the importance of ecosystem services by holding rural workshops, carrying out media campaigns and disseminating information materials; and
  • Spread knowledge about the natural values and ecosystem services provided by the Natura 2000 network among professional target group (particularly those involved in policy implementation) Through mobile Apps, a guide and a documentary.
  • The project contributes to the objectives of the EU 2020 Biodiversity strategy and to EU efforts to protect Europe’s natural capital, as well as to achieve the priority objectives of the 7th Environment Action Programme.

    Expected results: The project is expected to increase environmental knowledge with a focus on the EU’s natural capital; widen the base for national policy; protect, conserve and enhance the EU’s natural capital by raising awareness of the benefits and importance of natural capital for human health and well-being; promote public access to information on the Natura 2000 network and increase public understanding of the network’s services and benefits. Through a specific information and awareness-raising campaign, the project will build capacity and change the perceptions of targets groups – local Cypriots and visitors with a special focus on youth and children. It is expected that the project actions will reach 90% of Cypriots (i.e. around 725 000 people) and a quarter of the island’s 1 million tourists per year.

    Awareness is expected to increase by:

  • 50% among the Cyprus population through media broadcasting, TV presentations, ads in newspapers/magazines, buses, billboards and mobile exhibition;
  • 40% among those implementing policy (including representatives of the tourist industry sector) through training workshops, the project's layman’s report and the project’s report on best practices;
  • 80% among local people and local authorities through rural workshops, information points, information boards and the layman’s report;
  • 40% among children through short animated cartoons;
  • 50% among youth through social media, website, mobile Apps and radio live links;
  • 20% among visitors/tourists through documentaries, mobile Apps, billboards, information points, information boards and a mobile exhibition; and
  • 25% among people with disabilities through improvement of facilities in natural trails and provision of information suitable for them on information boards and at the information points.


Results


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Environmental issues addressed:

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable


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Beneficiaries:

Coordinator Department of Forests, Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Cyprus, Cyprus
Type of organisation National authority
Description The Department of Forests comes under the Cyprus Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment of Cyprus and has a dual role: it manages state forest land and it implements national forest legislation and policy. In this framework, the Department of Forests deals with forest fire protection, management, landscape and nature conservation, reforestations and management of state forests that are part of the Natura 2000 network.
Partners Frederick University, Cyprus Contact Advertising Agency Ltd, Cyprus Department of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Cyprus

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Project reference LIFE16 GIE/CY/000709
Duration 02-OCT-2017 to 30-SEP -2020
Total budget 1,313,826.00 €
EU contribution 766,125.00 €
Project location Kypros / Kibris(Cyprus) Extra-Regio(Cyprus) Mediterr. Cyprus (CY)(Cyprus)

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