On May 21st, Mr Charalambos Panayiotou, CEO of Atlantis Environment and Innovation, was among a team of scientists and public officers to receive a recognition award for their contribution to the establishment of the Natura2000 network in Cyprus.
Under the auspices of the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Mr. Costas Kadis, the awards marked the Natura2000 Day at a ceremony which took place at the Cape Greco Environmental Information and Educational Centre.
Mr Panayiotou was very happy to receive the award: “It was a great honor to be recognised as one of the pioneering contributors to creating the
Natura2000 Network in Cyprus. This long term and ambitious effort started under the guidance of Professor Kyriakos Georgiou from the University of Athens more than 20 years ago”, he said.
Natura2000 is the largest coordinated network of protected areas in the world stretching over 18% of the EU’s land area and almost 9.5% of its marine territory. In Cyprus, the Natura 2000 network includes 63 areas, from Akamas to Cape Greco, which operate as a protective shield for many rare or endangered species of flora and fauna and for rare habitats.