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Environment minsters visit Oroklini lake

Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis with Greece’s deputy minister of environment and energy, Sokratis Famellos (CNA)

Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis visited the Oroklini lake on Friday accompanied by Greece’s deputy minister of environment and energy, Sokratis Famellos.

Oroklini lake is part of the protected Natura 2000 areas of the island.

Kadis and Famellos enjoyed bird watching from the lake’s observatory, and were then briefed by forestry department officials who were also present on two projects conducted in the area, called Life and After Life.

Project Life involved the rehabilitation and management of the special protection area in Oroklini lake, and included conservation and information activities for the public and interested parties.

Conservation activities included water management and the fencing off the lake so as to deter interference caused by the entrance of vehicles. Also, non-native invasive tree species such as acacias were removed and replaced by native species of shrubs and trees

Project After Life involved the management of the area overseen by the environmental department and the game fund, through close cooperation with other services such as the water development department.

The protected area is under continuous management through reed cutting and lake cleaning, the officials said.

Kadis and Famellos were also scheduled to visit the Larnaca salt lake, though the heavy rainfall falling at the time led to the necessary calling off of the visit.

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