Cyprus: Military Bases

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 19th July 2017.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what area of invasive Australian acacia tree has been removed from his Department's land, the Cape Pyla, in the Cyprus sovereign base area of Dhekelia in (a) 2014, (b) 2015, (c) 2016 and (d) 2017.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Since November 2014, 61 acres of invasive acacia have been removed from the Special Area of Conservation and land managed by the Ministry of Defence on Cape Pyla. The annual breakdown is as follows:

17 acres removed in 2014

22 acres removed in 2015

22 acres completed in 2016[1]

Invasive acacia has also been removed from other Special Areas of Conservation on land managed by the Ministry of Defence elsewhere in the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia during 2016 and 2017.

[1] Work began during the Christmas period in 2015 and completed in the New Year of 2016

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