- Date: Saturday 3rd Dec 2016
- Time: 08:30
- Venue: Klados tou Roushia at the entrance to Platanistasa
- Contact: Dr Christos Zoumides (details below)
To celebrate the importance of soils, The Cyprus Institute is organizing a mountain terrace rehabilitation workshop in Platanistasa community, on Saturday December 3rd at 8:30 am. This is the 5th workshop in a series of public events that are co-organized in collaboration with the communities of Platanistasa, Alona and Polystipos in the Troodos Mountains. Everyone is welcomed to join!
Dry stone wall terraces are a long-held tradition of the Troodos Mountain communities and have enabled agricultural production on these steep slopes. However, the indigenous terrace maintenance know-how is slowly disappearing due to the gradual abandonment of mountain agriculture. The collapse of unmaintained terraces is damaging our environment and downstream infrastructure. For the past two years, dry-stone experts, local communities and scientists have joined forces to combat land degradation and pass this know-how to the next generation. People of all ages and from all over Cyprus have joined the past four events.
The communal terrace rehabilitation approach was developed by The Cyprus Institute in the framework of the European RECARE project. RECARE is a scientific research initiative, which has gathered scientists from across Europe to find practical answers to protect and sustain healthy soils. From Iceland to Cyprus, research teams are testing solutions to urgent soil management problems. These solutions are devised by the scientists in cooperation with local farmers and land managers.
The upcoming terrace rehabilitation workshop in Platanistasa coincides with World Soil Day, which celebrates the importance of soils in our daily lives. Many of the answers to global problems, such as food and water supply, flooding, energy and climate change, lie in the soil. Recognizing that good land management is a prerequisite to economic and social wellbeing is a key to maintaining the life-supporting properties of healthy and productive soils.
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