Andreas Demetrion Demetropoulos
Mr. Demetropoulos successfully campaigned for the establishment of Cyprus' first national park in the Akamas peninsula in 1986 and the protection of breeding grounds for the endangered green and loggerhead turtles.
In 1989 new regulations under the fisheries legislation were approved by government and the house of representatives, protecting about 10 km of coastline incorporating the much-coveted turtle nesting beaches of Lara and Toxeftra in the Akamas.
Environmental Committee of Limassol
Established in 1973, the Environmental Committee of Limassol is a broadbased movement involving trade unions, community groups and professional bodies. The Committee has lobbied successfully against unsound development of wetlands and coastal areas, and for protection of green areas in Limassol.
In April 1991, Friends of the Earth launched the first recycling scheme on the island. A special Guide to Recycling brochure was published and circulated to schools on the island.
Posters, stickers and reusable bags were given to all individuals and schools interested in initiating their own small scale recycling programme. In addition, seventy bins were placed in key areas in order to promote recycling in the community.
Unleaded petrol has just recently entered the Cyprus market. In April 1992 Friends of the Earth, in collaboration with Inter College, launched a campaign aimed at raising awareness on the effects of lead on human health.
Inter College's commitment to environmental protection is also reflected in its initiative to set up a course on environmental protection for business individuals, making it the only environmental studies course in the entire academic sector of the island.
Yiannakis D. Potamitis
For more than 40 years, Yiannakis Potamitis has been one of the most active environmentalists on the island of Cyprus. He has spent much of his life establishing environmental pressure groups and clubs. It is generally accepted that it is through his work that people in Cyprus have become aware of the need to protect the environment. In 1949, he founded the country's oldest environmental organization, Orivatikos Nature Friends Association, which has 120 registered member organizations with thousands of followers. In 1972, he became President of the Environmental Committee of Limassol, which he also founded. He is the first President of the Federation of Environmental and Ecological Organizations of Cyprus, which was established in 1988 at his initiative. He was the leader of the campaign, which saved from development the main green area of the cost of Limassol. He is also the initiator of the campaign whose aim is not only to protect the coastal environment but to prevent any construction on the coast and to keep the beaches open to the public. In an effort to raise environmental awareness, Potamitis has written hundreds of articles and has given numerous lectures on the environment. He has also given countless radio and TV interviews on pressing environmental issues.