27 November 2013 09:28

A photographic exhibition that showcases the landscape and wildlife of the protected Orkolini Lake - a Natura 2000 site - is taking place at the Voroklini Council Building until December 20.
The theme of the exhibition entitled 'Oroklini Lake All Through The Year' is the changing face of the lake throughout the four seasons, with the important message to protect and respect this endangered wetland.
The images exhibited were selected from a photographic competition that was open to the public and attracted 42 photographers who submitted 200 photos. The short-list of 34 photographers and their 92 images make-up the exhibition, and the winning entries were awarded at the opening night on Wednesday Nov. 20, by the Voroklini Community Council. The winning entries will now be used to create a photo book that will serve as a tribute to Oroklini Lake and its significant flora and fauna.
The photo competition was organised by the Voroklini Community Council, as part of the three-year, EU-funded LIFE project 'Restoration and Management of Oroklini Lake'. Its beneficiaries are the Game and Fauna Service as lead beneficiary, BirdLife Cyprus as coordinator, the Environment Department, the Department of Forests and the Voroklini Community Council. In October, a clean-up day was organised with 170 volunteers rallying round to clean the lake and its surrounding area. Further initiatives include the creation of an information kiosk and a bird-watching hide.
The Project Coordinator from BirdLife Cyprus - Melpo Apostolidou - is very pleased with the response from local photographers who really captured the beauty of the area.
"Oroklini Lake is a wonderful place for wildlife and the contributing photographers have managed to beautifully capture the highly variable environment of the lake and to highlight its rich biodiversity. We, as project partners, are very grateful, as this photo exhibition is an opportunity to show to the public amazing images of the lake and its wildlife. We hope that the photo exhibition will be an invitation to all who haven't visited the lake before to visit this special site and enjoy its natural beauty."
 Oroklini Lake is one of only seven natural wetlands of Cyprus and has significant ecological value on a local and European scale. For more information on the project visit the site: www.orokliniproject.org.cy. If you wish to visit the exhibition please contact the Voroklini Community Council first on: 24644744. Opening hours are 8am-3pm.


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