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Cyprus takes measures to implement Kyoto Protocol
2005-02-16 14:03:22

Nicosia, Feb 16 (CNA) -- Cyprus Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment Timis Efthimiou has said today is a ''historic landmark worldwide for the environment as the Kyoto Protocol comes into force.''

In a statement to mark the occasion, he said Cyprus is introducing specific measures today in this regard, including a pledge by 30 industries to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to the required level and the immediate implementation of a mechanism for the development of clean technologies.

A fund, set up in 2001, to help adjust to the Kyoto Protocol terms will begin to offer help to developing countries to deal with the negative fallout of climatic change, the statement added.

''Cyprus contributes to the global effort to implement the Kyoto Protocol and meet its contractual obligations by implementing the strategic plan to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and the national plan to distribute rights,'' it noted.

The Protocol requires industrialized countries to reduce emissions of six greenhouse gases for the period 2008-2012. The European Union has committed itself to a reduction by 8 per cent and Japan by six per cent.

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