Establishment of a Plant Micro-reserve Netwrok in Cyprus for the Conservation of Priority Species and Habitats

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Project objectives

The project

The main objective of this project is to improve the conservation status of four priority plant species and two priority habitat types of Cyprus that are found in NATURA 2000 sites, through the establishment, monitoring and management of a network of five Plant Micro-Reserves (PMRs). The project will focus on the detailed monitoring and effective conservation of a significant part of the population of the priority plant species of Cyprus * Arabis kennedyae, * Astragalus macrocarpus ssp. lefkarensis, * Centaurea akamantis and * Ophrys kotschyi and of two priority habitats, namely; * 9590 Cedrus brevifolia forests (Cedrosetum brevifoliae) and * 9390 Scrub and low forest vegetation of Quercus alnifolia. So far, no other LIFE project has focused on the conservation of the targeted sites, priority species populations and habitat types, while the threats affecting the targeted species/habitats have not been adequately addressed.


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