A workshop on the caves in the mountains of Pentadactylos, part of The Caves of Kyrenia Mountains Project, will take place on Wednesday afternoon in the buffer zone in Nicosia.
During the workshop, members of the international research group will give lectures about the caves, modern techniques in cave management and best practice.
“The Kyrenia mountains in the northern part of Cyprus, one of the seven special environmental protection areas in the region, are made of limestone and contain over 85 known caves, and possibly as many as 150,” a press release for the event said.
As current knowledge on caves is limited, the aim of the project is to promote conservation in the Kyrenia mountains. No legal protection currently exists and the area is threatened by mining activity and damage caused by uninformed visitors, the statement said.
The project aims to increase public awareness on the importance of caves through various seminars, workshops, training sessions, and other outreach activities that will take place over the next two years.
The project partners are the recently-formed Cypriot non-governmental organisation ‘Cave Enthusiasts’ (Magara Meraklilari Dernegi), together with the Unit of Environmental Studies of the University of Nicosia, and the Union of International Speleology, based in Slovenia.
The event will start at 4pm at the Fulbright Centre and will finish after questions and discussions at around 8.30pm. It is open to the public.
For more info contact Kyriakos Georgiou at 99-660215