The Department of Fisheries and Marine Research, under the framework of the Pandoteira project, proceeded with the opening of turtle nests for recording and statistical purposes. The activity took place on Saturday September 3rd, at 5pm, at the Mavralis picnic site in Polis Chrysochous.
The turtle nests were opened by the team of experts who are currently implementing the national Marine Turtles Protection and Monitoring Programme, while members of the public had the opportunity to participate in this amazing experience. The experience also included information about the importance of the area, treats and educational activities for children.
It is worth mentioning that the area is part of the Natura 2000 network and hosts coastal dune habitats. Also, the area is one of the main nesting sites of loggerhead sea turtles in Cyprus.
The event was organised in collaboration with the Youth of Polis Chrysochous District, MEDTRACS and the LIFE Calliope project, which deals with the protection and restoration of the area’s sand dunes.
Over 100 people participated in this experience. These included visitors from different parts of Cyprus, as well as tourists from the area and members of the local communities. The participants were separated into three groups and experienced this amazing event with enthusiasm, while also being informed about the importance of the Natura 2000 network and the need for protecting turtle nests at Cyprus’ beaches. In addition, participants were greeted by the Pandoteira project coordinator, the Mayor of Polis Chrysochous and the President of the Argaka Community Council.
The Pandoteira project, which was the organiser of this event, focuses on managing the Natura 2000 network in Cyprus. Its purpose is to make the Natura 2000 network more effective and functional, as well as sustainable. The project is co-funded by the EU’s LIFE Programme, the coordinating beneficiary is the Department of Environment, while the consortium also includes 13 associated beneficiaries from public bodies, academic institutions, non-governmental organisations and private companies.
To learn more about the Pandoteira project follow this link.