Organisations and institutions active on GMO

Federation of Environmental Organizations of Cyprus (NGOs) - FEO
FEO consists of 20 Organisations since 2012 and is the main NGO in Cyprus working on GMOs 
Friends of the Earth Cyprus
Cyprus Green Party

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9 Municipalities had declared themselves GMO-free zones since 2005: Nicosia, Ayios Athanasios, Engomi, Larnaca, Germasogeia, Strovolos, Latsia, Ayios Dometios and Yermasoyia.  In addition, all Natura sites in Cyprus are GMO-free areas.  The Cyprus Communities Union issued a declaration advising its members to declare their territories to GMO-free areas, as the Cyprus Municipalities Union did in 2006.

Declaration of the Cypriot Municipalities Union on GMOs

Greek Original

Declaration of the Cypriot Union of Communities on GMOs

Greek original

On the 4th of December 2008 the Council of EU Environment Ministers took a very important decision in favor of small countries like Cyprus enabling them to be declared as a GMO free country. The Council indeed ‘’Points out that in accordance with Community Law, which includes the Precautionary Principle, regions with particular agronomical and environmental characteristics, including small isolated islands, may require different case-specific management or restrictions measures, including prohibition measures for GMO cultivation’’. This decision was made possible due to the efforts of the Cyprus Government and the lobby of FEO.

In 2008 FEO collected 78 226 signatures from Cypriot citizens to ban GMOs in Cyprus (Cyprus total population is 749,200).

Updated in June 2014: Information provided by Federation of Environmental Organizations of Cyprus (NGOs)

Other background information

Cyprus wants to declare the island a GMO-free zone because it is not big enough to ensure conventional crops will remain unaffected by biotech ones, its Agriculture Minister has said. 06.2007. Read More