Cyprus’ environmental score board is behind other European countries, European Environment Agency Executive Director Jacqueline McGlade has said, expressing particular concern about the accelerated loss of biodiversity in the island.
In an interview with CNA McGlade, in Cyprus on a one-day visit, says that “air quality is average but going in the right direction”. However, she adds, “waste, water, biodiversity and land are all on the negative side in relation to other European countries”.
According to McGlade, “the loss of biodiversity is accelerating, the fact that water scarcity is intensifying, even though you have much water demand under control, still means that you need a much better way to distribute water across households, industry and agriculture”.
“I would have to say for biodiversity, which is one of my greatest concerns here, there is perhaps not enough information for people to make good informed decisions”, she says, adding that “it is a shame because Cyprus is at the crossroads of many different plants, species and animals and 7% we think of the animals and plants here, are only found in Cyprus, they are endemic”.
European Environmental Agency data, she says, show that 17% of the water sources are perhaps heavily polluted.
The lack of information in Cyprus about the environment, she points out, is an area “we need to concentrate on”.CNA
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