We are only too often reminded that biggest challenges can be achieved by addressing the smallest of details
Months ago Cyprus received the visit of the Mrs, Jacqueline McGlade Executive Director of the
European Environment Agency (EEA) and it was pretty clear to everyone concerned that upcoming priorities in European Leadership will be influenced by the agenda on Biodiversity Loss and Ecosystem sustenance
Upon researching why Cyprus was not part of the latest Mediterranean Ecosystem Profile, a program funded by leading international environmental network , we researched and alerted authorities of the importance of adhesion to the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF).
Anyone interested in Mediterranean Ecosystems can be literally shocked that profiles such as these did not have Cyprus into consideration, which can be explained as consequence of the systemic isolationism practiced rather than absence of needs.
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Funds facilitates and enables civil society participation in biodiversity conservation where it matters most and it is participated by leading countries who are committed to enabling nongovernmental and private sector organizations to help protect vital ecosystems. Periodically they also have calls for new projects in determinate areas such as the Mediterranean basin, among others.
On this day, the International Day for Biological Biodiversity we find it quite appropriate to echo Mrs. Jacqueline McGlade’s call, that Cyprus should seize the opportunity “to show through example and through leadership what it takes to run an economy in a water scarce area”
More about access to the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
On This Day 22 of May: International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB)
Marine Biodiversity is the theme for this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). Designation of IDB 2012 on the theme of marine ecosystems provides Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and everyone interested in marine life, the opportunity to raise awareness of the issue and increase practical action.