Environmentalists have been angered by the erection of wire fences around the field in the south of Lefke European University know as “Kireç Hill’. The Chairman of Lefke Environment and Introduction Association. Enver Bildir, lecturer and researcher Ediz Tuncel , the Chairman of Green Peace Movement Doğan Sahir and the Chairman of the Chamber of Tourist Guides Hasan Karlıtaş went to the venue abd made observations. The environmentalists pointed that the region should immediately be taken under protection. The organisations asked who took such a field for what reason and wanted the officials to declare who is responsible for the natural destruction. As a lecturer who knows the area very well, Ediz Tuncel said he has been making researches on this area for years but since the importance of the values of the country are not known well they are destructed unconsciously. Tuncel said: “This is a natural area full of endemics which can not be found anywhere else on the island. Especially cyprus Orchid is seen a lot in this area. It is not possible to see these species at this debsity anywhere else in cyprus. Some people placed wire fences around a large part of this field and uprooted the orchids violently. This destruction should immediately be stoped. This field belongs to CMC and under the responsibility of the state. It should be taken under protection as soon as possible. We called the officials of the Environmental Protection Bureau a few days ago. They came here, made observations and prepared reports. However, we know nothing about the afterwards of the reports. There has been a natural destruction here and the criminal should be penalised”.
The Chairman of Lefke Environment and Introduction Association, Enver Bildir implied that the land was given to someone else. Bildir said: “Since the area originally belongs to CMC and the Ministry of Finance holds all belongings of CMC, the responsible for this land is also the Ministry of Finance. We suggested the ministry to give thi area under the control of LAU to protect and enliven the endemics. The lands of the university are neighbours with this area . Instead of transferring the land to a üniversity, they preferred giving it to individuals who destructed the natural life. State officials should make an explanation to public”. The Chairman of the Chamber of Tourist Guides, Hasan Karlıtaş said there were rarely found orchid species in the area which are very important for special interest tourism. Karlıtaş suggested the government to take the area under protection for an environment friendly tourism. The Chairman of Green Peace Movement, Doğan Sahir said the area is an orphan piece of the country and asked officials to protect the endemic species. Sahir said the environmentalist NGOs focus on such problems but state officials leave these issues on dusty shelves and criminals are not punished.
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