Plant Diversity Conservation in the Buffer Zone


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Cyprus is among the countries with the highest plant diversity in Europe. A total of almost 2000 plant taxa have been identified on the island, of which 145 are endemic, found nowhere else in the world. Several plant species of Cyprus and especially many of the endemics have an extremely localised occurrence and small population size. The survival of many of these plants is under threat, mainly as a result of human activities.

Conservation initiatives targeting the endemic, rare and threatened plants of the island have been developed only during the last few years. However, none of these initiatives focuses on the plants found within the buffer zone, an area with considerable plant diversity. In addition, the communities found within and adjacent to the buffer zone have rarely been consulted or involved in the management of the local environment.

The project has been included in United Nations' Development Group, UNDG MDG Good Practices (2010), and is described in Chapter 4: MDG-7 ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY (pp. 51-52).

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