Plant Diversity Conservation in the Buffer Zone


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PLANT MICRORESERVES

PMR in Crete

An internationally accepted approach for the conservation of endemic, rare and threatened species, is the establishment of plant micro-reserves (PMRs).


The PMR concept, which was successfully adopted in other Mediterranean countries, envisages the monitoring and conservation of small land plots (usually up to 5 ha) of great value in terms of plant richness, endemism and rarity. According to the scientist who proposed the micro-reserves approach, Emilio Laguna, Cyprus is an example of an ideal territory for the establishment of a network of micro-reserves for the protection of plant populations, due to its varied natural conditions and the large number of botanical micro-endemics.


This project focuses on the conservation of some of the rarest and most threatened endemic plant species of Cyprus, which are found in the buffer zone, by adopting the micro-reserves approach. The establishment of the plant micro-reserves will contribute to the effective conservation of the targeted species and their habitats, by adopting a multidisciplinary approach for the implementation of both in situ and ex situ conservation actions. The project includes measures for the participation of local, marginalized communities in the conservation process, as it is widely accepted that conservation projects are more likely to be sustainable if they are supported by local people.

The project could be considered as a pilot effort towards the establishment of an islandwide network of PMRs for the conservation of very important endemic plant species of Cyprus.

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