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Ceremony marks the completion of urban upgrading project in Hisarkoy / Kampyli


UNDP Partnership for the Future Programme, under the EU-funded “Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community”, is pleased to announce the completion of the project for the urban upgrading of the village of Hisarkoy / Kampyli.

The project has two main objectives: the improvement of the water system (completed in October 2008) and the upgrading and rehabilitation of the village main square (completed in November 2010).

The works for the upgrading of the main square were part of a series of pilot projects undertaken in small villages in the northern part of Cyprus to increase awareness of the importance of preserving traditional architectural patterns and techniques. By celebrating the completion of this project, we are sharing the responsibility with the villagers for its sustainability. We hope that this project will serve as an example for other villages seeking to preserve the tradition and originality of their infrastructures.” – says Tiziana Zennaro, UNDP-PFF.

This project is one of the many funded by the European Union in the northern part of Cyprus that aim to revitalise the traditional patrimony to the benefit of residents and visitors of the countryside. This is done in full respect of the underlying principles of the European Union to rural development which aims to make rural areas more attractive for living and visiting”, says Alessandra Viezzer of the European Commission.

Besides upgrading the infrastructure of the village, the project also contributes to the improvement of the quality of life of the whole community. The main square is expected to serve as a catalyst for more community activities.

To reinforce the message of traditional pattern preservation, new local natural stones were used to repave the main square area; outdoor public furniture – such as benches, bins, as well as shading elements in front of the two coffee shops – was provided, and the accessibility to the square for pedestrians has been increased. Additionally, the façades of local shops and houses were renovated and modern value was added to the traditional style.

A short ceremony to mark the completion of the project will be held on December 3rd 2010, at 12.45pm in the main square of the village. Media and villagers are invited to the event.

For more information, please contact UNDP Partnership for the Future at the e-mail below.
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Nicosia, 30 November 2010
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