The Nature Conservation Unit (NCU) was established under the Frederick University and it specialises on biodiversity conservation, environmental education and natural resources management in Cyprus. More specifically, the Unit focuses on the study, monitoring, management and conservation of the flora, fauna and habitats of Cyprus and the conservation and management of ecologically important areas of the island. Moreover, it aims at the promotion of awareness among the people of Cyprus about major environmental issues.
NCU was the first department in the Cypriot academic system that started dealing with issues relating to nature conservation. The members and collaborating scientists of the NCU have extensive experience on conservation biology and natural resources management. They were 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. In addition, they have participated in several research projects on the conservation of the endemic, rare and threatened plants and animals of Cyprus and Greece.
During the last few years the NCU has secured several research projects funded by the Research Promotion Foundation of Cyprus, the European Commission, the United Nations and the Government of Cyprus. Through these projects, the Unit has acquired modern research infrastructure, both for laboratory work and fieldwork.
Through its activities the Nature Conservation Unit of Frederick University has excelled in the field nature conservation research.
Award to Nature Conservation Unit: Acknowledging the work and contribution of the Nature Conservation Unit, the Cyprus Green Party decided to include NCU to the organisations awarded in the framework of its annual event titled "Pancyprian Environmental Awards". More information on the event can be found here.