Conference on the Mapping and Evaluation of Ecosystem Services in Cyprus

A two-day conference on “Mapping and Evaluation of Ecosystem Services in Cyprus” was held in Nicosia on 4 and 5 December 2018. The conference was co-organized by the Department of the Environment and the Department of Forests with the project iLIFE-TROODOS, under the aegis of the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment, Dr Costas Kadis.

More than 50 people from public and wider public sector departments and services, environmental organizations, universities and development companies were invited and participated in the conference. The conference presented the necessity of mapping and assessing ecosystem services in Cyprus and how these are part of the European Union’s policy on biodiversity conservation. The conference included invited talks by experts on ecosystem services from abroad, as well as thematic sessions for the mapping and evaluation of the ecosystem services of two important areas of the island: Larnaca Salt Lakes and Troodos National Forest Park.

The iLIFE-TROODOS project co-organized the conference under Action B.2 of the project. This action involves the organization of workshops aimed at raising awareness of the natural values and ecosystem services provided by the Troodos National Forest Park as well as in building capacity of specific groups of individuals (for example policy implementers).