An action plan and budget for the tackling of climate change was approved on Wednesday by the cabinet.
Of the approved budget of €550,000 for the period 2019-2021, €300,000 has been allocated to the ministry of agriculture, and €250,000 to the Cyprus Institute.
“Recognising that the issue of climate change is not something that only concerns our country, but is something that is affected by the broader discussion taking place in our region, cooperation is imperative and as such will to a great extent influence the local action plan,” said deputy government spokesperson, Klelia Vasiliou.
Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis said on Monday his ministry had put climate change research, urban waste management and farmers’ compensation to the top of its agenda in the 14 months since he was appointed.
Regarding climate change, he said that an initiative has started together with 15 other countries, the results of which will be announced in September.
The Cyprus Institute will record relevant measurements in the region.
“The aim will be to develop an action plan to tackle the consequences of climate change in these areas, eventually endorsed by a leadership conference to be held in Cyprus,” the minister said. “This is the plan, which we hope will be completed in the next two years.”