Biodiversity is the variety of ecosystems, species and genes in the world or within a specific habitat. It is a factor of vital importance for the prosperity of humanity due to the ecosystemic services it provides, such as pollination, climate regulation, flood prevention protection, soil fertility and the production of food, fuel, fibers and medicines.
A Strategic Partner of the Cyprus Forest Association for the upgrade and protection of biodiversity in Cyprus, Cyta has adopted and endorses the following actions:
Actions to Protect Bats by installing an on-line camera system, restoring an abandonned mine tunnel in Troodos, and building and placing 35 Bat Boxes in parks, forests and residential areas.
Apoidea Park in the area of Athalassa Park, built by the Cyprus Forest Association with the support of Cyta. The protection of bees is of the highest strategic importance for the survival of the human species. The park’s area is approximately 2000 m2 and is located on state forestland. Apiculture varieties (trees, shrubs, flowers) have been planted in order to create a plantation with enough food for apoidea all year long. A system of automatic irrigation has been installed in the plantation whereas a small pond, linked to the irrigation system, has already been built to provide various animals and birds in the area with water. The project’s next stage of completion includes the installation of bee shelters (insect hotels) within the area of the plantation. Traditional beehives, the co-called tzivertia, will be built and placed within the area of the plantation with an eye to preserving our tradition and also elevating the site to a pole of attraction for bees.
Together with BirdLife Cyprus, we Embrace Cyprus’s Swifts
Looking to secure safe nesting sites, BirdLife Cyprus has installed 30 artificial nests for swifts in five different CYTA buildings in Nicosia, Larnaka and Limassol. The nests are specially designed to attract swifts arriving in Cyprus.
Denigration and loss of biodiversity have become a global phenomenon; swifts are not left unscathed. The greatest adversities facing swifts are the intensification of agriculture, which reduces food availability (insects), as well as the loss of nesting sites. Unlike barn swallows, swifts do not build nests but instead perch in small holes under roofs, tiles or eaves, usually on old buildings. Given that these places have become scarce, the installation of artificial nests is intended to offset this loss amid the significantly declining number of swifts in Cyprus and other parts of the world.
Swifts arrive in Cyprus in early February to nest. By the end of July they start flying back to Africa to hibernate.