The proposed tourist development at Cavo Sidero by UK-based Minoan Group and its subsidiary Loyalward, in collaboration with the Abbot of Toplou monastery threatens a declared Natura 2000 Special Protection Area of unique environmental and cultural significance on Crete and should not be turned into a golfing resort. It is home to the nearly unique palm oasis at Vai, endemic flora and fauna, and significant archaeological remains, all of which will be irreparably damaged by such a development. Please see these reports, (a) and (b), on the website of the Hellenic Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works:
Furthermore, the northeast corner of Crete already struggles with annual water shortages, making the construction of thirsty golf courses and rooms for 7000 thirsty people absurd. The proposed desalination plant will do further damage by covering a great area of land with wind turbines and/or solar collectors, or by demanding a large supply of energy, which is scarce in Crete. The disposal of the mineral refuse from the plant (salt, etc.) will result in significant pollution. Please see this article in The Guardian.
The Greek Supreme Court's hearing of the case has been postponed until November 7, 2008. There is still time to make a difference. If you have supported this project in the past, please reconsider your position. Please do not allow such an environmental and cultural disaster to happen. Take a stand against this development and sign this petition. Preserve this unique landscape.
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