The company’s staff and management planted 125 trees to protect turtles in the Argaka region
The staff and management of Merck, known in Cyprus as MSD, planted 125 trees, symbolizing the years since the company’s formation, in cooperation with officers from the Environment Department and members of the local council of Argaka, Paphos.
The tree-planting was staged as part of the celebrations marking MSD’s 125th anniversary, under the company’s social-responsibility programme. It was held on October 7, in an area in Argaka within the Natura Network, and aims to protect the fauna from disturbance.
The trees were planted to create a natural hedge in one-seventh of the protected area’s coastline. The aim of the action is the protection of the beach, which is used as a nesting ground for green turtles (chelonia mydas) and caretta caretta turtles.
Additionally, the hedge will protect the turtles form the strong headlights of passing vehicles.
The planting was held in the presence of Environment Department chief Mr Costas Hadjipanayiotou, who congratulated and thanked the management and staff of MSD for their initiative.
Commenting on the value of the action, he said that in his five years as chief, this was the first time he had the pleasure of cooperating with the private-sector for an action of this magnitude.
Argaka community leader, Mr Spyros Pelopida, praised MSD’s volunteer work, noting that our country needs green, and that such activities raise the area residents’ standard of living.
MSD Cyprus-Malta managing director Mrs Jacqueline Anasttasiades thanked the Environment Department for the cooperation and Argaka’s community council for the hospitality.
She added that MSD staff feel particularly proud to have been part of an initiative aiming at sensitizing and educating the public on the importance of protecting Cyprus’ flora and fauna.
Anastasiades also stressed that initiatives that support local communities are an integral part of MSD’s goals and principles.