BirdLife Cyprus was founded in 2003 through the merger of the Cyprus Ornithological Society (1957) and the Cyprus Ornithological Society (1970), and today is one of the leading nature protection organizations in Cyprus with around 10 staff and more than 500 members.
The most important milestones and events leading to the founding of BirdLife Cyprus and thereafter are below:
Cyprus Ornithological Society (Κυπριακός Ορνιθολογικός Σύνδεσμος) is founded and registered as a Society, attracting mainly English bird lovers and birdwatchers living in Cyprus
Cyprus Ornithological Society (Πτηνολογικός Σύνδεσμος Κύπρου) is founded and registered as a Society, mainly attracting Cypriots
Launch of the Cyprus Bird Ringing Scheme using bird rings with Cyprus Orn Soc as return address
Cyprus ratifies Bern Convention for the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats
Illegal Bird Trapping Monitoring programme starts with support from the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK)
1st bilateral meeting of COS (1970) and COS (1957) in Platres to discuss merger, represented by Melis Charalambides and Jeff Gordon respectively and refereed by Michael Gore. The whole process was strongly supported by Mr Tassos Leventis also.
1st AGM of newly formed BirdLife Cyprus and publication of first BirdLife Cyprus monthly newsletter. BirdLife Cyprus keeps Greek name of COS (1970).
Inaugural meeting of BirdLife Cyprus. Melis Charalambides appointed Chairman. Mr Tassos Leventis appointed President.
BirdLife Cyprus gets first staff member
Cyprus accedes to the EU and Birds Directive comes in force and BirdLife Cyprus publishes 2004 IBA Inventory
Inauguration of new offices of BirdLife Cyprus at Strakka (50th anniversary COS (1957) celebrations)
BirdLife Cyprus awarded BirdLife International full Partner status
BirdLife Cyprus’ membership reaches 500
Birds ringed by BirdLife Cyprus ringing scheme surpass 73,000; database managed by Alan Crabtree
BirdLife Cyprus organizes 300th field meeting for members and friends
BirdLife Cyprus celebrates 10th Anniversary
New IBA inventory published; Cyprus now has 34 IBAs
LIFE Oroklini Project successfuly completed
Restoration project of Akrotiri Marsh funded by the Darwin Initiative completed
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