News of the Ministerial Council approving a framework for financial support of a solar-thermal park in Alassa from the State should have been welcoming. Especially because climate change is one of the most significant threats facing our planet today and renewable energy is part of the answer to this problem.
As we are heading towards 2020, we are approaching the deadline to achieve Europe's mandatory energy targets for Cyprus. That is, the share of energy from renewable sources to reach 13% of the gross final energy consumption.
Akamas is a word which, unfortunately, has been synonymous with dispute in public discourse, for at least the last decade. The impression is often given that Akamas is an issue that remains seemingly inactive, but which every couple of months returns and sweeps the Press and Media, communicating many different messages, before it is put back to rest until the next outburst.
Climate change is one of the most important threats the planet is currently facing. Alternative energy sources are a great way to tackle part of the problem and with Cyprus having so many sunny days, it is no wonder that so many photovoltaic parks have been springing throughout our island recently.
The EU Action Plan for the Turtle Dove is a major step forward for the protection of this threatened species, but only if the measures proposed are put into action, including the restriction of hunting.
Cape Greco is not only the most spectacular area of the east coast of Cyprus, it is also known for its rich biodiversity as it is home to unique flora and fauna species. Despite its beauty and ecological value however, the area faces a number of serious threats.
In Cyprus, there are 63 areas belonging to the Natura 2000 network. The aim of the network is to ensure the long-term survival of the most valuable and endangered species and habitats in Europe. Although the Natura 2000 Network does not prohibit human activities within its boundaries, these need to be carried out in a manner which ensures the needs of the species and habitats for which an area is designated come first.
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