|Designation||In Cyprus terrestrial Natura 2000 designation is almost complete. There are currently 41 SCIs and 29 SPAs (an additional SPA is set to be designated soon for Griffon Vulture – Gyps Fulvus).Problems exist however, as a number of the designated sites have smaller boundaries than the equivalent IBAs, especially for the cases of Akamas Peninsula and Paphos Plains for which a case was opened by the EC.|
|Conservation||The development of Natura 2000 management plans is not obligatory. The plans are developed by consultancies through tenders opened by the Environment Department.Management plans are only produced for SCIs and are not legally binding. Provisions from management plans are integrated in Ministerial Decrees. 25 of the 41 foreseen Management plans have been developed so far, but only 3 have Ministerial Decrees.
Most management plans are not implemented and are of poor quality because of a lack of guidance from the Environment Department, a lack of knowledge of the sites or a lack of inclusion of useful measures by the consultancies drafting the plans.
|Financing||Up||The Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Departments secured funds in their government budgets for drafting management plans. Funds for management plans implementation are available only from the Forestry Department and thus only concern state forest land.Drafting and implementing management plans is also funded by LIFE+. The Agriculture Department is not involved in funding Natura 2000 and Natura 2000 payments for farmers are not implemented. The cost of Natura 2000 funding was overestimated in past calculations and thus the true funding needs remain to be estimated. There will be some work done on a Prioritised Action Framework by the end of 2012.|
 The cost of N2000 funding was overestimated to more than 800 EUR/ha based on cost of land purchase as this was mistakenly perceived as the best means of achieving protection of the sites.