Nature Conservation Unit


Main thematic areas
Biodiversity conservation, Environmental education, Sustainable development

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The Nature Conservation Unit (NCU) was established in 2005 and it specialises on biodiversity conservation, environmental education and natural resources management in Cyprus. More specifically, the Unit focuses on the study, monitoring and conservation of the flora, fauna and habitats of Cyprus and the management of ecologically important areas of the island. It also focuses on the assessment of genetic diversity and population structure of wild species.

Moreover, it aims at the promotion of awareness among the people of Cyprus about major environmental issues.Projects in this area aim on enhancing education and raising awareness about the rich biodiversity of Cyprus and the importance of nature conservation. Moreover, they aim at promoting favourable environmental attitudes among the people. Some activities also focus on training and awareness of young educators on issues relating to conservation and sustainable development.

The NCU has established two contemporary laboratories:
  • the Plant Ecophysiology Lab and
  • the Genetics Lab

Both Labs are equipped with modern research infrastructure, acquired through the participation of the Unit in several research projects, and the support of Frederick University. The Unit's infrastructure includes equipment for both laboratory and fieldwork as well as the necessary information technology equipment.

Since its establishment, the NCU has participated in more than 45 research projects that have been secured in a competitive environment and funded by several organisations, such as the Research Promotion Foundation of Cyprus, the European Commission, etc. In many of these projects, the Unit has been the Host Organisation and has been responsible for their scientific coordination.

PositionNameDepartmentResearch Domain
Head of Unit Dr Constantinos Kounnamas Nature Conservation Unit  Biodiversity conservation, Implementation of the Natura 2000 Network, Ecosystems management
Unit Member Dr Marios Andreou Nature Conservation Unit  Biodiversity and conservation biology, Plant physiology and seed ecophysiology
Unit Member Dr Nicolas-George Eliades Nature Conservation Unit  Environmental conservation, Forestry genetics
Unit Member Sophia Mazaraki Nature Conservation Unit  Environmental Education
Unit Member Iro Kouzali Nature Conservation Unit  Plant systematics
Unit Member Dr Christos Mammides Nature Conservation Unit Statistical modelling, Biodiversity monitoring
Unit Member Dr Chrysanthi Kadji Education Environmental Education
Start YearProject TitleLead Partner/ AssigneeFunding fromProject Website
2021 WaterWays - Water roads and Stories on the E4 path and the Geoparks in the East Mediterranean Hellenic Mediterranean University (HMU) INTERREG
2020 StateOfEnv - State of Environment Report Frederick University Department of Environment (Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment) N/A
2020 Preparation of the Cyprus Biodiversity Strategy Frederick University Department of Environment (Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment) Strategy Available here
2019 Pandoteira - Managing the Natura 2000 network in Cyprus and shaping a sustainable future Department of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, RoC LIFE EU program
2018 CALLIOPE - Coastal dune habitats, sublittoral sandbanks, marine reefs: conservation, protection, and threats mitigation Regione Abruzzo, Italy LIFE EU program
2016 LIFE-KEDROS - Integrated conservation management of priority habitat type 9590* in the Natura 2000 site Koilada Kedron-Kampos Department of Forests LIFE EU program