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    The goal, he said, is for communities and/or clusters of communities, with the contribution of the state, to become not only energy independent, but also to serve other environmental goals

    The sustainable development of the countryside, strengthening the primary and secondary sectors, improving the standard of living, investing in the quality of Cypriot agricultural products and protecting the environment, are priorities in President Christodoulides' governance program, said the Environment Commissioner Antonia Theodosiou, in her greeting at the 2nd Almond Festival, held at the Salamios Environmental Education Center.

    Ms. Theodosiou stated that the President of the Republic during the announcement of the government program for the current year, he also announced the gradual implementation of the “Green Community” institution, with the aim that within 2024 communities and/or clusters of communities, with the contribution of the state, become not only energy independent, but also serve other environmental goals, seeking to accelerate Cyprus' adaptation to the European Green Agreement.

    The above is currently being examined by the Office of the Environment Commissioner in conjunction with the institution of Climate Neutral Communities, he said, adding that in this context the communities of Tellyria have already announced their desire to transform Tellyria into a green and climate neutral one .

    Ms. Theodosiou noted that she proposes to examine the above institutions and jointly investigate the possibilities of their promotion.

    The Office of the Commissioner of the Environment can put the project under the under its auspices as well as to take a coordinating and supporting role in the process of implementing the actions and practices, as will be jointly decided, he added.

    In addition, he noted that the current Presidency has started the implementation of goals concerning the sustainable management of the pergola of the Presidential Palace, which is located in close proximity to the Pediaos River.

    The project was initiated by the First Lady Philippa Karseras Christodoulidis and of former Environment Commissioner and current Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Maria Panagiotou, added Mrs. Theodosiou.

    In this context, it is planned to restore all the existing structures of the pergola and to supplement them with new ones, she said, adding that under her own guidance and supervision as Commissioner of the Environment, and in cooperation with the Department of Forestry, the pilot construction of a structure has already begun about 30 meters.

    He also pointed out that this action will be included in a digital educational program for visitors to the pergola as well as to encourage other entities, public and private, to implement the same practice.

    < p>He also noted that the protection and restoration of the buildings, which the farmers maintained with much care in the past, are very important, among other things, for the retention of the soils, the fight against desertification and the strengthening of biodiversity. Therefore, the drystone technique has been included in UNESCO's List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, he said. The two relevant actions carried out in Salamiou by organizations in collaboration with the local community in 2023 for drystone construction were important, he concluded.

    Source: cyprustimes.com

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