Environmental group condemns Melco Cyprus project

An animal protection organization has expressed their outrage over the Melco Cyprus casino project, which they claim has gone ahead without any assessment in the impact of the environment and wildlife.

According to a media statement from BirdLife Cyprus, the organization claims that the Akrotiri Peninsula, which the Zakaki Casino will be located, is home to a number of unique birds, plants, and habitats protected under national and European laws.

“The environmental impact assessment has not yet been completed and there is not sign of the extra, appropriate assessment called for when developments loom close to Natura 2000 sites, which the Akrotiri Peninsula is,” it said.

The organization has called for the government to respect environmental laws and not to “fast-track” development applications for short-term gain.

The Melco Cyprus project is expected to break ground on Friday, June 8.