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Akrotiri Environmental Education and Information Centre

Akrotiri Environmental Education and Information Centre

Name of organisation: Environment Department

Funding support: SBAA

Number of staff: 3

Number of visitors per year: 10,000

Overall aims of the centre

Implementation of environmental education programs for school and other groups

Description of the centre

Target area is Akrotiri Peninsula, with an area of about 60 square kms. It is a Ramsar site, a Special Protection Area (SPA), and an Important Bird Area (IBA). It is a biodiversity hot-spot with more than 800 plant species and about 300 bird species recorded so far. The Centre offers educational programs for school groups, and offers information to visitors. The facilities include an exhibition room, a projection room, a library and a bird observation area. It is situated within Akrotiri village, and it has about 10000 visitors per year, most of them in organised school groups

Main CEPA work areas

Orgnization of several events with a wide network of patners, local, regional, national and European.

Top three successes

Main target is the eduational programmes which are offered sucessfully for the last 8 years

Top three challenges

Excellent relations with the local Community, which allows a smooth and productive operation within a very sensitive natural and cultural environment.

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage

Visitor centres

Setting up a new visitor centre; Running a visitor centre

Participation

Engaging young people; Engaging the local community;Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Working with primary schools; Working with secondary schools;

General

Running effective administration; Health and safety; Fund-raising; Project planning.

Thomas Hadjikyriakou, Manager AEEIC, 4640 Akrotiri village, Cyprus

Website address: www.akrotirienvironment.com

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