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Kythrea/Değirmenlik:  EU funded, UNDP implemented project increases community participation in environmental protection

The European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme - Partnership for the Future (UNDP-PFF) are very pleased to invite you to the completion ceremony of the project “A Greener Area for the community of Kythrea/Değirmenlik” in the northern part of Cyprus.

The ceremony will take place on Friday 30 November at 10:00am next to the school building of the village. The event’s programme will include planting of 150 trees by the children of the local community, colouring activities for kids, face painting and kite flying.

The project focused on preventing further soil erosion in the area through terrace building, replanting of native vegetation and  creating a new green recreational area of 5.000m2. The area now includes new hiking plants trails and is already benefiting the communities of the surrounding villages and their visitors. Re-forestation has also been planned in the area. 800 trees have already been planted and another 150 will be planted during the inauguration ceremony.

As part of a project, a botanic research was also conducted in 2012 and 32 plants were identified. Of these, 4 are endemic in Cyprus and one – the Kythrean/Değirmenlik Sage (Salvia veneris) - is endemic for the Kythrea/Değirmenlik area. This specie is very localised, very rare and endangered. In July 2012, following the discovery of this endemic plant, two public events – one targeting children from the local primary school, and one for local farmers, authorities and local residents, have been conducted to raise awareness within the local community on the plants that constitute the local endemic flora and their protection.

This project is funded by the European Union under the Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community (126,465.00 Euro) and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme Partnership for the Future (UNDP-PFF) in partnership with the Kythrea/Değirmenlik Environment and Promotion Association.

For more information contact UNDP Partnership for the Future at the e-mail below or visit our Facebook page!

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