After months of inactivity, Cyprus’ first turtle museum appears to be back on track Phileleftheros reported on Thursday.
The turtle museum will be the first of its kind in Cyprus and will be situated in the village of Inia in Akamas.
Speaking to Phileleftheros newspaper Inia community leader Yiangos Tsivikos said that the €400,000 needed for the project had been found, construction has been completed and it is a matter of time before the exhibits are collected.
According to Tsivikos the museum will be financed through EU’s funds after an agreement with the government.
“For decades the turtles have been the main reason for the non-development of the community in Lara, so it was decided that the area could capitalise on their presence and fame in order to benefit peoplem” Tsivikos said.
The museum will be made up of two halls of 150 square metres that will exhibit information and data on turtles and their link with Lara and the wider Akamas area.
The Inia community leader said that this first of its kind museum will be established and will be operated in cooperation with the competent bodies and government departments.
The creation of the exhibition areas follows conclusion of restoration of Inia’s central square. The project cost a total of 1.3 million euros and included landscaping, paving, creation of an amphitheatre, a library, an information desk and a kiosk.