environment north cyprus


Some general electrical information for you first, and that is that North Cyprus runs at 220/240v AC 50HZ 240, and wall sockets are generally of the U.K. three-pin type plug variety.  However, lots of items that you will purchase in TRNC will be of the two-pin plug type, and therefore it is wise to purchase some plug adaptors which you can get in supermarkets or from any electrical retailer.

BIO-DER, otherwise known as the Cyprus Turkish Biologists Environment Research and Protection Association, is an extremely passionate organisation aimed at bringing attention to environmental issues that should concern us all in North Cyprus.  Having been originally formed in 1999, they are now a potent force for all things environmental.

The National Park of North Cyprus is located on the Karpaz Peninsula and is an extremely important biologically diverse area, as well as being historically and archaeologically rich as well.  You can find many birds within the National Park, as well as rare flora and fauna and feral donkeys which are allowed to roam free.

The fire service in North Cyprus is fairly well equipped, and it has a fleet of modern fire fighting vehicles and equipment, with stations located in the cities and major towns.  As a hot and dry Mediterranean country, North Cyprus has its fair share of dangers relating to summer fires – and visitors need to be aware of these.  The fire service also has certain powers in relation to reporting and arresting offenders who are the cause of fires, and they also attend road traffic accidents where their cutting equipment may be required for example.

The climate is described as “intense Mediterranean” in North Cyprus – this means that in general the island enjoys short mild and temperate winters and very long hot summers.  Temperatures and rainfall vary depending on the elevation – naturally enough it can feel a lot cooler at the top of St Hilarion or Buffavento Castle than it does on the harbour in Kyrenia on the same summer’s day!

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, and Northern Cyprus lies directly 70 km south of the Turkish mainland.  Its neighbours include Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Israel and Greece.  The Turkish Republic of North Cyprus makes up around one third of the island of Cyprus, and The Republic of Cyprus occupies the remaining two thirds to the south of the island.  The total area of the entire island is approximately 9,252 sq km, and North Cyprus covers a total area of around 3,515 sq km.