Disgruntled Cypriot villagers vow to dig up protected turtle nests
ΝΙCOSIA – The chief of a Cypriot village who should not be compensated under a government plan to develop a remote headland has threatened to dig up protected turtle nests unless it is.
Yiangos Tsivikos, leader of the Ineia community in the Akamas region in the west of the Mediterranean island, posted a video on YouTube claiming the upcoming markings were fake and authorities were bold to arrest him.
“The locals are ready for war,” Tsivikos said in a sardonic warning that he would travel to nearby Laras beach to carry out his threat, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported about the beef. with the state.
The Fisheries Department has warned residents of Akamas that Cyprus sea turtles and their eggs have been protected by law since 1971 and conservationists estimate the number of turtle nests in Lara at around 2,000.
Residents of Akamas have protested against the government’s Akamas development plan which they say prevents them from commercially exploiting their land and that they would not be paid, the report added.
Environmentalists also oppose the plan, saying it endangers the eastern Mediterranean island’s nature reserve, home to unique wildlife and endangered species that grow in a hard-to-reach area.
Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis said residents and landowners in Ineia were unfairly affected. “Akamas must be preserved, but on the other hand, the people of the region must not suffer,” he added.
Protection of the turtles’ habitat, the Lara-Toxeftra Akamas area, was secured in 1989. “Sea turtles are included in the Barcelona Convention for Specially Protected Areas, and Mediterranean Biological Diversity ratified by Cyprus in 2001,” the Department of Fisheries also said. said.
“They are also protected by the EU Habitats Directive, transferred into national legislation in 2003,” she said, adding that actions aimed at destroying or attempting to destroy turtle nests or eggs are prohibited. , also specified AFP.