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What a wonderful world

By Maria Gregoriou

The wonders of the world may be many, but the photography exhibition starting today at Pallouriotissa Old Market in Nicosia zooms into 34 biodiversity hotspots around our globe.

As today is International Day for Biodiversity, it is very apt to bring these photographs – whose display has been made possible by BirdLife Cyprus with the support of Nicosia Municipality – to the Cypriot public.

Biodiversity is the term used for all life forms and the natural characteristics they present. It is the basis for the functioning of ecosystems, and therefore for the services they provide for life on earth (nutrient cycling, primary production, food, natural materials, water quality, energy, pollination, etc). These ecological services are essential for human wellbeing. Ecosystems also play an important regulatory role with regard to natural disasters, epidemics and climate change.

Biodiversity hotspots are ecosystems rich in biological diversity and under serious threat. It is urgent to conserve them to protect the planet’s biological diversity. In total, 34 hotspots have been identified, the ecosystems of which represent 1.4 per cent of the planet’s surface but host 44 per cent of plant species and 35 per cent of all vertebrates – thus such areas are among the priorities for conservation action at the global level. The exhibition will show these remarkable regions around the world with their different species and conservation challenges in each area

The exhibition, The 34 Wonders of the World, showcases photographs by the world’s finest nature photographers, accompanied by informational text in English.

The photographs are presented by well known French nature magazine Terre Sauvage, CEPF (Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Nature Picture Library (NPL) in the United Kingdom. The exhibition was designed in collaboration with Agence Française de Développement, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI) and LPO (the partner of BirdLife International in France).

At the opening short addresses will be given by the Ambassador of France, Jean-Luc Florent, Mayor of Nicosia, Constantinos Yiorkadjis, and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Rural Development, Olympia Stylianou. A reception is to follow.

The 34 Wonders of the World
Photography exhibition by BirdLife. May 22 until June 20. Pallouriotissa Old Market, 7 Agiou Andreou Street, Pallouriotissa, Nicosia. Monday-Friday: 10am-1pm and 5pm-8pm, Saturday-10am-1pm, Sunday 14 and 15 June: 10am-1pm. Tel: 22-455072

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