The Department of Forests (DF) was founded in 1879 and comes under the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment. It is the competent authority for the management of state forest land and for the implementation of national forest legislation and policy. Within this framework, DF is engaged with forest fire protection, management, landscape and nature conservation, reforestations and management of state forests that are part of the Natura 2000 network.
Additionally, DF has long experience in implementing various European co-funded projects including LIFE and non-LIFE projects such as EEA Grant Projects.
Contact Advertising Agency Ltd (CONTACT) was founded in Nicosia in 1982. It grew and developed in tandem with the Cyprus economy, offering integrated communication solutions to a very important portfolio of clients ranging from multinational organizations such as GlaxoSmithKlein to semi-governmental organizations like Cyprus Telecommunications and Cyprus Housing Finance Organization and to well established local companies representing all sectors of economy e.g. CAP Papaellinas, EKA Group of Companies, Cyprus Import Corporation and much more. CONTACT’s mission is to generate strategic ideas that help brands to resonate in people’s hearts and create brand loyalty and brand preference through a team of talented, highly qualified and experienced professionals.
CONTACT’s organizational structure consists mainly of five different, but essential departments that make it possible to produce effective advertisements. These departments are: Account Service & Planning; Public Relations, Publicity and Promotions; Finance & Accounts; Media Planning & Buying; and Design & Production.
Contact Advertising Agency has an affiliation agreement with Global Group, member of WPP which is a world leader multinational organization in marketing communications.
The Department of Environment (DE) is the coordinating department for Government programs for the protection of the environment, the head of the technical committee on environmental impact assessments, advises on environmental policy, ensures the implementation of the environmental policy, administers the Law on the Control of Water Pollution, coordinates the process for the adoption of the European Union's environmental policy and legislation, coordinates the co-operation of Government agencies with international agencies and promotes environmental awareness, training and information. DE is also the National Focal Point for the Commission of Sustainable Development, INFOTERPA, UNEP, the Basel Convention, CITES, the Montreal Protocol, the Biological Diversity Convention, the Climate Change Convention, etc.
DE covers legal and regulatory issues concerned with the implementation of the Habitats Directive in Cyprus, as well as the protection and management of Natura 2000 network in Cyprus. It is also the national contact point for LIFE.
DE employs professionals on environment management, natural sciences, pollution control, geology and marine ecology. It has actively participated and/or coordinated many projects that have been or are being implemented in Cyprus.
Frederick University (FU) is one, out of the seven, recognized Universities operating in the Republic of Cyprus. It is an energetic and vibrant private university, enjoying respect and recognition both nationally and internationally. FU offers a broad range of academic programs of study. The University has a strong focus on academic research, being one of the leading research organizations in the country. The members of FU academic staff are highly qualified and have to demonstrate a rich publication record.
The Nature Conservation Unit (NCU) was established under FU in 2005. NCU specialises on biodiversity conservation, natural resources management and conservation, and environmental education and awareness in Cyprus. NCU was the first department in the Cypriot academic system that started dealing with issues relating to nature conservation.
NCU draws from the experience of several collaborating scientists, graduate and postgraduate students with extensive experience on conservation biology and natural resources management. The members of NCU have been actively involved in several biodiversity conservation projects, including LIFE projects, for the inventory, identification, evaluation and mapping of the habitat types and flora and fauna species in Greece and Cyprus. In addition, they have participated in several projects on the conservation of the endemic, rare and threatened plants of Cyprus and Greece. Both the NCU and FU have received national awards and recognition for their contribution to the environmental awareness and conservation in Cyprus.