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31 May 2016
The consultation on the new proposed EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) legislation is soon coming to an end. The new EIA law is the result of the need to transpose into national legislation the Directive 2014/52/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014, which amends Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of effects of certain public and private projects on the environment. The new Directive needs to be transposed into the national legislation of all Member States by 16 May 2017, at the latest.
31 May 2016
BirdLife Cyprus welcomes the recent report by the Commissioner of Administration and Human Rights (Ombudswoman) regarding the ‘alternative plan’ for selective hunting of blackcaps, which was published on 11 April 2016 (the report is available, only in Greek, at the Ombudswoman’s website here). The report is the result of a complaint submitted by the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) and Foundation Pro Biodiversity (SPA). The complaint was against the Ministry of the Interior, and more specifically against the Game and Fauna Service, regarding the fact that the Ministry of the Interior had prepared a draft ‘Strategic Action Plan for tackling illegal bird trapping in Cyprus’, which was not in line with what had been discussed and agreed amongst all stakeholders, including the unilateral inclusion of the ‘alternative plan’.
23 May 2016
BirdLife Cyprus congratulates the 56 new Members of Parliament, and expresses its contentment with the composition of the new Parliament as 21 out of 56 MPs are among those who signed BirdLife Cyprus’ manifesto and pledged to protect Cyprus nature, during the #WeNatureCy campaign. 
19 May 2016
With parliamentary elections just around the corner, BirdLife Cyprus announces today the results of its online campaign #WeNatureCy for the protection of Cyprus’ nature.

The campaign called on the candidates to pledge for the protection of nature, by adopting BirdLife Cyprus’ manifesto, and also gave citizens the opportunity to unite their voices for its protection on social media. 
29 April 2016
With parliamentary elections fast approaching BirdLife Cyprus has launched #WeNatureCy, an online campaign to engage the public and the candidates in matters related to the protection of Cyprus’ nature.
14 April 2016
‘From Nature Alert to Action’ by BirdLife Europe and its Partners show EU nature legislation will have greatest impact if implemented, enforced and resourced without delay. 
31 March 2016
A review of illegal killing of birds in the Mediterranean by BirdLife International has recently been published in the March 2016 edition of the journal ‘Bird Conservation International’. The full title of the scientific article is ‘Preliminary assessment of the scope and scale of illegal killing and taking of birds in the Mediterranean’ and is available online. A press release was also published by BirdLife International regarding the publication of this important assessment, highlighting the key findings of the study.
31 March 2016
More than 50 NGOs active in farming, development, environment, climate, animal welfare, food systems and public health, have signed a joint letter, sent to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker on 22 March 2016, to demand a review of the European food and farming system.
29 February 2016
BirdLife Cyprus and its contract partner, consultants IACO Environmental, have entered the second and final round of consultations with local communities over management plans for NATURA 2000 sites for birds. In total, 30 village meetings will take place across all districts over the 5 months from February to June 2016. The discussions aim at engaging local residents in the drawing up of management plans for the 30 Special Protection Areas (SPAs) designated for birds across Cyprus, a major project BirdLife Cyprus and IACO are tasked to complete before the end of this year.
29 February 2016
BirdLife Cyprus is organizing a workshop for IBA Caretakers on the weekend of 23 -24 April 2016 at Droushia Heights Hotel, in Pafos. IBA Caretakers have already been invited but if you haven’t expressed interest so far, please do so by contacting BirdLife Cyprus.

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