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EU Commission calls Cyprus to task for failing to protect nature
Danger of further relaxations to the bird protection law
MPs approve highly controversial hunting law amendment with a shocking majority

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04 June 2018
The European Commission’s infringement procedures against Cyprus echo the longstanding positions and concerns of NGOs over failures on nature protection issues.
07 November 2017
Poaching, illegal bird trapping, violation of environmental and social justice. These are apparently being promoted by specific Members of the Parliament with a series of proposals for further relaxations to the bird protection law in order to satisfy a section of the hunting community and the bird trappers.
03 July 2017
After repeated postponements, the highly controversial law amendment ‘The Protection and Management of Wild Birds and Game Species (Amendment) Law of 2016' has unfortunately been voted through. This amendment proposal introduces a series of relaxations and loopholes relating to hunting but also illegal bird trapping, a serious and persistent problem in Cyprus. 
03 July 2017
On 19 June the EU environment ministers committed to better implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives, the EU’s flagship nature laws that represent the cornerstone of EU-wide efforts to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity. The four year evaluation “the Fitness Check” of the Nature Directives, where 500 000 citizens, all major political groups in the European Parliament called for better implementation of these vital nature laws, is now finally over. 
29 June 2017
After repeated postponements, the highly controversial hunting law amendment is expected to go to Plenary on Friday 30 June. This amendment proposal introduces a series of relaxations and loopholes relating to hunting but also illegal bird trapping, which is a serious and persistent problem in Cyprus. BirdLife Cyprus, the Cyprus Conservation Foundation Terra Cypria, Friends of the Earth Cyprus, the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) and the Foundation Pro Biodiversity (SPA) are calling again on the Members of Parliament to vote against this amendment, prepared by the Game & Fauna Service and modified by MPs. 
17 June 2017
Nesting during this season in the scrub and cliffs of Cape Greco are two very important bird species: the Cyprus Wheatear and Cyprus Warbler. Birdwatchers from all over the world visit our island to enjoy them, since they breed only in Cyprus. Although this important area is protected as part of the Natura 2000 network, these days it has turned into a rally track, with nests and vulnerable young birds only meters away from the rally routes.
06 June 2017
The future of wild birds in Cyprus and the prevention of a penalty from the European Union are now at the hands of the Plenary of the Cyprus Parliament, which is meeting on Friday, 9 June 2017. More specifically, ‘The Protection and Management of Wild Birds and Game Species (Amendment) Law of 2016' has been submitted for voting. Environmental NGOs are calling on the Plenary to vote against this specific law amendment which was prepared and submitted by the Game and Fauna Service.
31 December 2016
In a great victory for nature, the European Commission officially confirmed on 7 December 2016 that the EU nature laws – the Birds and Habitats Directives – will be saved and not rewritten and weakened. This announcement ends two years of uncertainty over the future of the Directives. The Commission has also called for a plan to better implement and enforce these laws.
09 December 2016
European Commission confirms EU nature protection laws will be saved after record-breaking campaign – now is the time for better implementation, say NGOs.
29 July 2016
Following the first discussion held at the Environment Committee of the Cyprus Parliament on 29 June 2016 regarding a law amendment prepared by the Game and Fauna Service with title ‘The Protection and Management of Wild Birds and Game Species (Amendment) Law of 2016', a law amendment regarding the Law 152(I)/2003 (read relevant June 2016 article here), a second discussion was held at the Environment Committee on 13 July 2016.

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