A group of pro-environment NGOs have condemned the use of the Larnaca salt lakes during the Cyprus Rally to be held on June 12.
In a joint press release, the NGOs said the test track for the rally would pass through the salt lakes, which are designated as a protected Natura 2000 site.
The salt lakes complex in Larnaca is the largest and most important wetland in Cyprus, the NGOs said.
They are on the list of Specially Protected Areas in the Mediterranean and are also designated as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
The NGOs said that approximately 95 per cent of the test track for the upcoming rally falls within the protected area.
The rally would be held in mid-June, a time period coinciding with the reproductive cycle of four species of wild birds nesting in the area.
The press release was signed by the Federation of Environmental Organisations of Cyprus, Terra Cypria, BirdLife Cyprus and the Cyprus Initiative for the Protection of the Natural Coastline.