The Cyprus Conservation Foundation was established in 1992 as a not-for-profit educational  organisation and is a sibling to the Laona Foundation for the Conservation and Regeneration of the Cypriot Countryside.

The overall aim of the Foundation is to promote environmental awareness within Cypriot society through educational and sensitisation programmes, thereby working towards the sustainable development of Cyprus, protecting the islandís natural resources and heritage, and facilitating the islandís harmonisation with European environmental legislation and standards. In order to stress its all-island focus, the Foundation has become known as Terra Cypria since 2004.


The Foundation's objectives are twofold:

to sensitise the decision-makers of today through seminars, studies and other activities directed at specific target groups within the community as well as interventions towards public authorities, at a local, national and international level.

through specialised training, to pass on an environmental message to the citizens of tomorrow, i.e. school pupils and students, so that they in turn may deal with the earth and its resources more responsibly. 

To meet its objectives concerning the environmental education of children and young people, the Cyprus Environmental Studies Centre, was set up in the disused school of Kritou Terra, one of the Laona Project villages.  The restoration of the school and its classroom furniture was funded by the A.G. Leventis Foundation.  Its laboratory and other equipment was funded by the EU LIFE Programme.  The Centre has been in full operation since 1996 offering courses to local elementary schools, to Greek and Anglophone secondary schools from Cyprus and the Middle East, and also to various universities and institutes of higher education.  By arrangement with the Ministry of Education, the Centre is now part of the Ministry's Environmental Education Network. All 10 to 12 year old pupils from the public primary schools of Paphos district receive training at the Centre as part of their curriculum.  By June 2008 courses had been offered to over 33.000 participants.

Some of the projects undertaken as project leader:

Daily Life and Culture of the Turkish Cypriot Community of the Old Town of Limassol, bi-communal project funded by UNDP-ACT Cultural Programmes, 2006-2008.

For earlier projects, click here

International activities

Since 1997, Terra Cypria participates as an observer at the proceedings of the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention for the protection  of Wildlife and Habitats, which meets annually at Strasbourg, and has raised various issues at this forum, including the protection  of Europe’s migratory birds over-flying Cyprus.  The Foundation is an NGO partner of the Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP) and a member of the European  Centre for Nature Conservation (ECNC), Eurosite and the European Environment Bureau.

For details of all courses organised press here.


The Terra Cypria Board of Trustees consists of

Trustees Emeriti


The Executive Directors of the Foundation are:

Dr Artemis Yiordamli is responsible for the overall management of Terra Cypria, the Cyprus Conservation Foundation and the Laona Foundation and for the co-ordination of their activities.  


Funding for the Terra Cypriaís activities derives from private and corporate donations, international Non-Governmental Organisations and from European Community programmes.  Because of its charitable status, donations to Terra Cypria are tax-deductible within Cyprus.

The A.G. Leventis Foundation supports both Terra Cypria and the Laona Foundation on an on-going basis.

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