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Environmentalists blast possibility of live events at Petra tou Romiou

Aphrodite's Rock

The Cyprus Environmental Movement has harshly criticised suggestions authorities are open to the possibility of live events being staged at Petra tou Romiou next year.

Petra tou Romiou, also known as Aphrodite’s Rock, is one of the most important natural landmarks in Cyprus, which also falls under the protection of Natura 2000, a network of nature protection areas within the EU.

In an announcement on Thursday, the Environmental Movement said that utilising the area for concerts and other live events will negatively impact its flora and fauna, adding that it is also disrespectful to its history and cultural heritage.

“Such events are a threat to the historical and cultural value of Petra tou Romiou,” the announcement said.

“The fauna will be heavily disturbed by the presence of people and their cars, as well as by the lighting and the noise. It is time to stop the reckless abuse of nature for the economic gain of a just a few people, as it will lead to the gradual disappearance of plants and animal species.

“It makes no sense to spend significant financial resources on the management and protection of habitats falling under the protection of Natura 2000, on the other hand, to destroy them with such reckless actions,” the statement concluded.

The area around Petra tou Romiou is home to one of the rarest birds in Cyprus, a species of falcon, called Eleonora’s Falcon, which normally comes to breed in Cyprus from April until November.

Earlier this week, the department of the environment opened the possibility of live events at the location, but said no decision has yet been taken.

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