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|Caves of Cyprus project: seeking cave researchers
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|Author:||David Gibson [ Sun 26 Apr 2015 13:44 ]|
|Post subject:||Caves of Cyprus project: seeking cave researchers|
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The Caves of Cyprus Project is looking for researchers to join in a European Union-funded Cypriot Civil Society in Action grant proposal for a 2-3 year cave and karst study on the island that would start in early 2016. The first phase of the project is currently underway with the focus of establishing connections on the island, locating caves, and generating a basic inventory of the geology, biology, archaeology/history of each.
There is currently no web site for this project, but information regarding the application is set out below. Those interested should contact Lauren Satterfield at email@example.com, who will then arrange a Skype call with you to better explain the project's history and goals and to answer questions, before you submit an application form. However, the deadline of May 5 is fast-approaching, so please make contact as soon as possible.
The northern part of Cyprus benefits from a very unique and diverse natural heritage that needs to be protected and promoted. A previous EU-funded Technical Assistance provided baseline studies and prepared Special Environment Protected Area (SEPA) management plans to assist with the protection of seven specially protected areas in the northern part of Cyprus. These sites are likely to be designated as “Natura 2000” sites following a comprehensive settlement and reunification. They are Agia Eirini/Akdeniz; Karpasia/Karpaz; Alakati/Alagadi; S.Karpasia/South Karpaz; Akanthou/Tatlisu; Pentadaktylos/Kyrenia Mountains and Famagusta wetlands. This project focuses on studying and protecting the limestone karst of the Pentadaktylos/Kyrenia Mountains through scientific research and educational outreach.
Cyprus is divided politically. As a result, the Greek-Cypriot community is concentrated in the southern part of the island, and the Turkish-Cypriot community in the northern part. Our project works across the island, however due to the restrictions of the grant the majority of work will be conducted in the Kyrenia Mountain Range, a limestone belt spanning the northern shore. The project operates under a Cave Enthusiasts NGO; a collection of Cypriot biologists and outdoor enthusiasts focused on cave research, conservation, and recreation.
Research under the proposed grant will enlist cave and karst experts in several fields to conduct more advanced studies and convey findings through scientific publications and materials for the general public (books, pamphlets, lectures, workshops, etc.). Researchers will be able to design their own projects within the scope of the grant. We seek the roles listed below.
All participants must be EU citizens. We seeks participants from a variety of EU countries. The project operates in English and thus some fluency in spoken and written English is needed for all participants.
Karst Specialists Needed
For more details or to join the grant proposal, please contact Lauren Satterfield at firstname.lastname@example.org before May 5, 2015.
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