Management works to be implemented at Oroklini Lake as part of the LIFE Oroklini project - September 2013

Some of the most important conservation actions foreseen by the LIFE Oroklini project will be starting soon at Oroklini Lake. Among other threats, the lake suffers from vehicles and people entering the site and causing disturbance to nesting birds, as well as from lack of water management. The management works that will be starting soon and which will finish by the end of November (2013) will address the abovementioned problems. 

More specifically, within the next weeks the Game and Fauna Service - which is the leading partner of the project and the competent authority for the Special Protection Area of the lake - will be starting fencing works. Fencing is really important for the effective protection of the site and to control the disturbance to the wetland’s wildlife. A fence standing at 1,20m high will be erected on the perimeter of the lake and will only include government land. 

Moreover, in October BirdLife Cyprus will start water management works on site. These works will ensure suitable levels of water for birds during the breeding season (spring) and will control the water flow in all parts of the lake. The water management works do not aim at raising the water levels of the lake.  Finally, some islands - that will remain dry all year round - will be created in order to create secure nesting areas for birds.

All these works will require the presence of some heavy machinery on site and the Game and Fauna Service as well as BirdLife Cyprus will be closely following the works to ensure that minimum disturbance is caused at the site.

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