Achievements in Cyprus 2004-2009
In Cyprus, the funds were allocated in equal shares to protect cultural heritage, support civil society, and to the environmental sector. In the UN-controlled buffer zone in Nicosia, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway funded the establishment of a new centre aiming to foster closer cooperation and dialogue between civil society from both communities in Cyprus. The establishment of the shared centre was led by the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research, comprising Turkish-Cypriot and Greek-Cypriot educators and historians.
The Home for Cooperation (H4C) was inaugurated in the presence of the leaders of the island’s two communities who expressed their strong support for the Home and their hopes for it to play a role in strengthening cooperation and dialogue between the island’s two communities. Efforts to increase island-wide cooperation between the two communities on Cyprus were also supported under the €1.5 million NGO Fund. Representing over a third of the total allocation, in relative terms this was the largest of the NGO Funds in any beneficiary state. Of the 33 projects supported by the Fund, close to 40% were implemented in cooperation between organisations from the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities. The NGO projects were aimed at improving health and childcare services or empowering young people to take part in civil society.
In the environmental field, an old school building in Salamiou village was restored and turned into the Centre for Environmental Education. The Centre gives a new boost to the area by attracting students and teachers from all over Cyprus to gather to study sustainability and environmental issues.