Environmental organisations in Cyprus are calling on the government to take immediate action to halt harmful construction activities in the Akamas region, implement restoration efforts, reassess environmental impact assessments, and develop Akamas into a national park that prioritizes sustainable tourism and the protection of local biodiversity. The recent findings of an investigation into construction works in the region have raised concerns and sparked calls for a thorough reassessment to safeguard this valuable natural asset. The government’s next steps will be closely watched by the public, environmentalists, and international observers, as they determine whether Akamas will be preserved as a jewel of biodiversity or if the balance between progress and preservation will continue to be a tugofwar.
Kostas Koumis, the Cypriot Deputy Minister of Tourism, has called for practical climate change strategies to be integrated into Mediterranean tourism during the recent ‘Mediterranean Tourism Forum Minister’s Summit’ in Valletta, Malta. Koumis emphasized the need for digital transformation, extending the tourist season, and fostering collaboration among Mediterranean countries to manage the challenges of climate change and sustainable tourism.