Located south of Turkey, Cyprus is the third largest island of the Mediterranean, after Sicily and Sardinia, and it has a long coastline which makes it a major tourist attraction, hence the importance of an effective management for the country's economy. That's why the Audit of the Republic of Cyprus prepared a report to determine whether the competent authorities take the necessary measures to ensure "environmental protection and financial management."
The Watchdog evaluated several issues that make the control of the beaches, such as "wastes from pleasure craft". These wastes are handled by various authorities, but "do not have a central coordinating agency."
In addition, "there is a legislative vacuum in exercising control over the disposal of ships and pleasure craft" that are moored to the docks.
Faced with this situation, the audit says: "The inspections conducted by the Department of Merchant Shipping in relation to waste management are inadequate". They add that there are "no administrative fines."
As for environmental management, the report says that "a list at national level of all species of flora and fauna endangered is not prepared", even though it is an obligation under the Protocol on the areas specially protected and biodiversity in the Mediterranean.
Now, the agency responsible for controlling the management of the beaches is the Central Committee Beaches. However, "it is not able to exercise adequate oversight" because "there is no supervision on the collection of services and facilities to the public."
The Cypriot audit also found "a high tolerance in cases of applications for approval for interventions in the area of protection of beaches," such as constructions.
For example: although the competent authorities identified cases of illegal interventions in the marine area "no action was taken" against the offenders.
In conclusion, the oversight body asserts that "a national coastal management strategy has not been elaborated."