Presenting the results of CARE-MEDIFLORA to Cypriot stakeholders

19 July 2018

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On the 15th of June 2018, a scientific workshop was organized at the Agricultural Research Institute aiming to present the program and the results achieved in Cyprus. The workshop took place in the conference room of the Institute and more than 70 participants had the opportunity to be informed about the ex situ and in situ conservation actions dedicated to the conservation of threatened flora of the Mediterranean islands.

In the first section of the workshop, the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Dr Costas Kadis, gave a welcome speech followed by the director of the Department of Forests, Mr Charalambos Alexandrou, and by the Director of the Agricultural Research Institute, Dr Dora Chimonidou. Additionally, invited academic speakers from Greece (Dr Kyriakos Geogriou, Department of Biology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) and Cyprus (Dr Ioannis Vogiatzakis, Open University of Cyprus, Takis Tsintides, ex Director of the Department of Forests) gave oral presentations related with the conservation of flora in Greece and Cyprus.

In the second section, Dr Angelos Kyratzis presented the project CARE-MEDIFLORA. The second presentation by Dr Charalambos Christodoulou was dedicated to the in situ conservation actions in Cyprus. The third presentation by Dr Constantinos Nikiforou was about the ex situ actions and more specifically the curation procedures, difficulties encountered during the project and how they have been overcome, and germination results.

Many stakeholders attended the scientific workshop, including conservation authorities, staff of the Department of Forests and the Department of Environment, NGOs active with conservation activities, researchers and staff of the Department of Agriculture. Stakeholders expressed their satisfaction with the results of the project, asked for access to information produced by the project such as cleaning procedures for some taxa, best germination conditions etc, and expressed their interest for collaboration in the future.

Welcome speech by the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Dr Costas Kadis (left photo) and by the Director of the Agricultural Research Institute Dr Dora Chimonidou (right photo).

Presentations at the scientific workshop by Dr Angelos Kyratzis (left photo), Dr Charalambos Christodoulou (photo in the center) and Dr Constantinos Nikiforou (right photo).


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Mediterranean Plant Specialist Group (IUCN/SSC) Sóller Botanical Garden Foundation, Balearic Islands Office of the Environment of Corsica - National Botanical Academy of Corsica Hortus Botanicus Karalitanus, Sardinia University of Catania, Sicily Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Crete Agricultural Research Institute, Cyprus Department of Forests, Cyprus