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PEATS Cyprus – Practical Ways of Tackling Climate Change

Dates: 2nd April – 3rd May 2019      2020 dates online from Jan/Febr 2020
Number of Participants: 5 + accompanying person AP
Duration: 32 days


Some minor adjustments for 2019 being confirmed. the itinerary will include most of what is below but changes include promoting nature conservation through working with local artists to include fauna and flora in their designs and the group will make ceramic acorns to promote tree planting. Acorn and/or oak tree planting will depend on the weather.

This placement is hosted by Kato Drys. The group will be based in the village of Pano Lefkara, staying in a traditional courtyard village house on a self catering basis. There will be limited use of a car but only if some of the participants are over 23 years old and have a clean licence.

The biggest issue for Cyprus’s beautiful Mediterranean environment, is climate change with increasing heat and drought over the last 60 years. Water has always been an issue and local people found innovative ways to make best use of limited water resources.

One cause that the group will learn about is double heating of the atmosphere, due to reflection of the sun’s rays off ‘white land’, which is barren, dry land with a limey soil and little to no vegetation. This reflection increases warming, so it is important to establish vegetation. To this end, the placement will focus on working with Kato Drys Community Council on constructing terraces on ‘white land’. The terraces (‘domi’) slow down run-off of rain water and gather it for plants to use. The group will work in a team to build woven (using branches off roadside trees that we prune) or stone-faced terraces and then plant them with seedlings or seeds; the group may also install tile drains as necessary.

The group will also work with the Council to establish more oak trees…. Kato Drys is named from the Ancient Greek for ‘oak’ and now only remnant large trees survive. The group will contribute to the effort of retaining these trees but also gather acorns for direct sowing or to grow on in the small nursery.

The group will also be introduced to the Forestry Department, who will aid the group in looking at managing ancient (1000 year old) olive trees and also how they create seed banks of threatened ‘Red List’ plant species. The group will gather wild food, including asparagus, fennel, dill and various fleshy thistle species abd consider how wild food gathering can be a good environmental practice as well as promoting health.

Cultural activities will include visiting Nicosia, Kourion (archaeology), Larnaca and Limassol and if possible into the Troodos mountains. It may also be possible to swim in sea early evening – about 25 mins drive.


The Erasmus + funding will cover return UK flights insurance, accommodation and food. Participants should take extra spending money for personal purchases and excursions.

If this placement interests you, then please read through the information on the PEATS environmental main page . You will find the application form is available to download on this page, as is the “Quality Commitment” which all applicants have to read.

For past participants feedback, please refer to the Participants Report page.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission

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Sustainable Bricks.
Through the work of Dietmar Kotras from Germany in 2012, then Jakub Dvorsky from Slovakia in 2014, Grampus became involved in training for making adobe bricks. A unit of study under ‘Green Village – Sustainable Building’ is now delivered in Germany and Slovakia under PEATS Environmental Skills.
In 2015 we met architect and sustainable  building specialist Maria Panta from Greece and have introduced brick making to the courses delivered in Cyprus. Maria has developed a co-operation with Serhat, a clay specialist from the north of Cyprus and Spiros and Petros, adobe brick makers in Greek Cyprus. Through this bi-communal link we began offering adobe brick training in Lefkara. Part of future plans is work at the abandoned Turkish Cypriot village of Petrofani near Atheniou (pictured)