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Akrotiri Salt Lake in danger from big development in northern side

Environmentalists are warning over damage caused by big development around Akrotiri Salt Lake – the largest inland body of water on the island and one of the most important wetlands in the eastern Mediterranean.

This is what Philenews reported on Monday, adding that the salt lake – located south west of Limassol – could turn into a vast swamp if the intrusive northern-area development continues.

The 10.65 square kilometer lake fills with water during the winter period and is home to migrating birds between November and March. These include flocks of thousands of flamingos, cranes, birds of prey and migrant waders.

Environmentalists have sent the message that land development entrepreneurs could also be confronted with future landslide problems – just like those in neighbouring Pissouri area.

The problem was identified by experts who remain anonymous from the time the first construction works began for huge developments next to the casino-resort area.

The excavations were so deep that it became essential for the water that came to the surface to be drained, one said.

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