Plant Diversity Conservation in the Buffer Zone

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Frederick University (FU)
, is one of the leading academic institutions of its kind in Cyprus. It is a distinguished institution for research, particularly in engineering, environmental and applied sciences. The '
Nature Conservation Unit' was established in 2005 and focuses in biodiversity conservation, natural resources management and environmental education. During the first 15 months of its operation, it secured funding for several research and educational projects funded by the European Union, the United Nations, the Research Promotion Foundation and the Cypriot authorities. Through its participation in research projects, the Unit acquired modern research equipment, which facilitates the development of new research initiatives, particularly with respect to plant diversity conservation. This infrastructure was utilised during the implementation of the project.

The other organisations participating in this project, the Institute of Earth, Ocean, Atmosphere and Environmental Sciences and AKTI Project and Research Centre, also have extensive experience in bi-communal projects.


Scientists employed by or collaborating with Frederick University (FU):

  • Dr Costas Kadis, Head of Nature Conservation Unit, specialises on the biology and conservation of the endemic, rare and threatened plants of Cyprus, and the management of important plant areas. During the elaboration of his PhD dissertation, Dr Kadis studied the reproductive biology of the most threatened plants of Cyprus. Moreover, he was actively involved in several biodiversity conservation projects, including the Life Projects for the inventory, identification, evaluation and mapping of the habitat types and flora and fauna species in Greece and Cyprus. He is a member of the Mediterranean Islands Plant Specialist Group and the Species Survival Commission of the IUCN. He was also appointed by the Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment as an expert in the Scientific Committee for Nature Conservation in Cyprus. He coordinates several research projects that are being carried out by the Nature Conservation Unit. Dr Kadis has accumulated extensive experience on the coordination of research projects, since he has served as the Acting Director General of the Research Promotion Foundation of Cyprus for several years. During the last presidency, he was also appointed as Minister of Health.

  • Mr Constantinos Kounnamas is a Researcher in NCU. He has completed his BSc in Biology at the University of Athens, Greece, his MSc in Environmental Conservation Management in the University of Glamorgan, UK and is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biology, University of Athens, Greece. Mr Kounnamas has extensive experience in GIS systems that was utilised during the implementation of the project.

  • Mr Lefkios Sergides completed his BSc at the Department of Biology-University of Patras in Greece. Afterwards, he went for a Masters study at Lancaster University (2004-2006) and got an MSc in Environmental Science with Distinction. His Masters dissertation focused on the conservation of the endemic orchid of Cyprus Ophrys kotschyi, which is one of the targeted species of this project. The title of the dissertation was: 'Monitoring, management and in situ conservation of the rare endemic orchid of Cyprus Ophrys kotschyi'.

  • Mr Savvas Zotos is a graduate of the Biology Department of the University of Athens (UOA). He participated in research projects led by the Zoological Museum of the University of Athens. He has worked as an educator at the Cyprus Center of Environmental Research and Education in the Akrotiri area in Limassol. He is involved in biodiversity conservation projects led by the NCU. Mr Zotos has recently started his PhD studies in the Biology Department of the UOA.

  • Dr Marina Michaelidou-Kadi is an Officer of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment in Cyprus. Her experience centres on community participation in natural resources management. She holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University, Department of Natural Resources. Her doctoral research focused on protected area conservation and community participation in the Pafos Forest of Cyprus. Her previous research activities included the implementation of a national survey to determine environmental values among Greek Cypriots. She has participated in several European projects on nature conservation and rural community development. She has also been involved in the bi-communal project "The Young Green Consumer: The Citizen of Tomorrow", which was funded by the Bi-communal Development Programme, which was supported by UNDP and USAID and executed by UNOPs, and implemented by AKTI Project and Research Centre. Her participation in this project will be on a voluntary basis.

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