Concern over beauty spot development in Cyprus

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS in Cyprus are warning that a well known area of beauty is in danger, after a proposal by the Ministerial Committee on Akamas will allow partial development.

The Akamas is designated a Natura 2000 area.

In November 2015, the committee, consisting of the Ministries of Environment, Interior, Finance, Commerce and Transport, prepared a proposal to be approved by the cabinet, by which it is suggested that only the state owned land be established as a National Park, giving potential permission for development to the privately owned land within the Natura 2000 site by possibly introducing planning zones.

The privately owned land represents 25 percent of the Natura 2000 Protected Area and includes Lara and Toxeftra, the most important hatching coastal areas of the Loggerhead turtle.

Concerned citizens and the association “Friends of Akamas” are making an effort to prevent the implementation of this proposal which could result in spoiling one of the few remaining natural sites of Cyprus.

The Akamas peninsula, located on the western tip of the island, belongs to the Natura 2000 European Network of Nature Protected Areas.

It is one of the few areas of the island that is unaffected by development and a site of great natural beauty.

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