Simultaneous fires have erupted in the Akamas peninsular of Cyprus the emergency services are there to try and extinguish the fires there are fire prevention helicopters and forestry aircraft present. The Forestry department suspect arson

Akamas  is a  relatively inaccessible area of Cyprus , there is a large diversity of flora and fauna there. Indeed, the European Environment Agency noted that it was one of only 22 areas of endemism in Europe.

In preparation for the accession of Cyprus to the European Union most of Akamas was proposed to be given protected status. Two turtle-nesting beaches were designated Sites of Community Importance within the Natura 2000 network, the Polis-Gialia area became a Special Area of Conservation, and the peninsula was designated a Special Protection Area for birds. However, of the terrestrial area of Akamas proposed as a Natura 2000 area in 2003, only 50% was so designated by the government of Cyprus in 2009. The area is threatened by tourist development and the planned A7 motorway between Polis and Paphos, and the government is under pressure to enhance the peninsula’s protection.Organisations such as the Green Party of Cyprus, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth are taking action to protect the area.


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