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The land of the Salt Lakes – Description of the program

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This daylong program is based on a sequence of activities that give emphasis both on theoretical and practical aspects as well as on the aspects of the expression and evaluation. It is organized in such a way that supports the conceptual development of students on both environmental concepts and issues and at the same time, its design enables a smooth transition from the simple to the complex, from the familiar to the unfamiliar and from the easiest to the most difficult.

1. The lake, a unique ecosystem.
Students are gathered into a special screening room where they have the opportunity to watch an excellent eco-documentary entitled Akrotiri Peninsula – An Environmental Tour created by the CY.C.E.R.E.  as an introduction to its programs.
Through an interactive discussion concepts related with the Salt Lake are highlighted and are discussed. In addition, the role and the functions of the Salt Lake are considered into the framework of the culture and the human societies. The emphasis of the program is focused on the flora and the fauna adaptations to the salinity of the Salt Lake. The pressures and the threats that the Salt Lakes receives are also considered and the need for conservation through appropriate environmental management practices as well as the adoption of attitudes and behaviors friendly to the environment are also stressed.

2. Study and discover.
Students study and discover the variety of organisms found in the salt marshes.  They are organized in groups and they are asked to solve a problematic situation. Students observe, record, collect samples and make measurements of biotic and abiotic factors at some stations around the lake.

3. The salt lake and the man.
Students are gathered in the ecology laboratory where they observe through stereoscopes and microscopes, they plan and execute experiments, they analyze data and compare their results. They discuss their concerns that arise and they draw conclusions. In addition, they Investigate the relationship between the man and the ecosystem of the salt lake and they model populations using computer software. They understand the need for sustainable management of the salt lake developing positive attitudes and values towards the environment.

4. Expression – Evaluation.
Students participate in artistic activities and in activities of creative expression. At this time, the program is also evaluated.