CYPRUS – Easter

CYPRUS – Easter

The Cypriot action was hosted by the Akrotiri Environmental Education and Information Centre (AEEIC), an organsiation which offers training and education to various groups all over Cyprus. The Centre is also part of the environmental education network of the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute Ministry of education.

The Centre is located in the village of Akrotiri which faces limited developmental opportunities due to the close proximity of military bases in the area. In an attempt to try and combat this, local people still practice traditional crafts, such as Basketry. However, these practices are declining as traditional materials are being replaced by synthetic materials. The survival of local wetlands and habitats so far have been down to people managing them for the traditional crafts and products, such as reed collection and grazing. If local traditions decline further, these local habitats will be under threat. In order to stop this happening, the Centre works with local people and organises training courses for them, as well as encouraging the locals to engage in all aspects of their work, with the aim of giving them the incentive to become involved and look after their natural habitats.

The theme for the action was Easter, with the group taking part in local celebrations and learning about local celebratory traditional produce.