The leaf of Goldean Oak (Quercus alnifolia), the endemic oak of Cyprus, is the main topic of the project logo. © E. Laguna, 12.04.2010.
This year started the new project on the establishment of a PMR network in Cyprus, approved by the EC in 2009 for the period 2010-2013. The main benefitiary is the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources of Cyprus, and the scientifical coordination is piloted by Dr. Costas Kadis, from the Frederick University.
The first meeting of the scientific committee of the project was held in Nicosia, 12-14th April 2010, joining expertises from Spain, Greece and Cyprus, as well as the external services of the EC's LIFE+ programme. At the same time, a first meeting of the stearing committee of the project, formed by representatives of all the benefitiary entities, was held the 13th April 2010.
In situ discussion on the conservation practices to be carried out with Arabis kennedyae, in the PMR proposed in the cedar forests (Cedrosetum brevifoliae), Troodos Mts. ©E. Laguna, 12.04.2010
During the meeting, the main schedule and goals of the project were reviewed and discussed, and visits to all the sites to set up the PMRs were made. A set of 5 sites will protect selected natural sites for Centaurea akamantis, Ophrys kotschyi, Astragalus macrocarpus subsp. lefkarensis, forests of Quercus alnifolia, and both populations of Arabis kennedyae and forests of Cedrus brevifolia.
Dr Costas Kadis explains the behaviour and results of firsts census of Centaurea akamantis, in the PMR focused in its protection in the cellebrated Avakas Gorge, near Paphos. ©E. Laguna 14.04.2010
Fruits of Astragalus macrocarpus subsp. lefkarensis, near Asgata. ©E. Laguna, 12.04.2010
Dr. Costas Kadis (Frederick University of Cyprus), Dr. Vicente Deltoro (Plant Microreserves Project, Generalitat Valenciana, Valencia, Spain) and remainder attendants to the meeting visits the PMR proposed for Quercus alnifolia forests at the Troodos Mts. ©E. Laguna, 12.04.2010
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