What do you know about
Cyprus, Europe and the Environment?

This quiz tests your knowledge of environmental issues, as well as of key environmental issues in Cyprus and the European legislation which applies to these. Your goal is to score at least 10 out of 18 points


After you answer each question your score is totalled. At the end you will be given the correct answers.

1. What is the ecologically important peninsula in north-western Cyprus called?

Apostolos Andreas

2. Which of these species is not found in Cyprus?

Grass Snake
House Mouse
Griffon Vulture
Barbary Ape

3. Which of the following pieces of information is wrong?

Cyprus is a stop over point for many migrating birds.
Migrant birds include swallows, flamingoes and various songbirds,
There are no birds that spend the winter in Cyprus.
Bird trapping using nets and limesticks is illegal in Cyprus.
The ostrich is farmed commercially in Cyprus.

4. Where in Cyprus can one see visit the green turtle nesting sites protected by the Cyprus Government?

Ayia Napa
Paphos Harbour
Lara Bay
Apostolos Andreas
Cape Arnaouti

5. What is the 'Acquis Communautaire'?

The list of obligations made by the European Union to member states.
The environmental conventions signed and ratified by the European Union member states.
A french term defining the rights of any community within a country.
The entire body of European Union legislation.
A person's rights within his community.

6. Who served as European Commissioner on the Environment (DG XI) for some five years since 1999? (The current Commisioner is Stavros Dimas, from Greece)

Gunter Verheugen
Franz Fischler
David Byrne
Margot Wallstrom
Joaquin Almunia

7. Who has served nearly a decade (from 1995) as the EU's Agriculture and Fisheries Commissioner? (The DG has now been split into two).

David Byrne
Joaquin Almunia
Margot Wallstrom
Franz Fischler
Loyola de Palacio

8. Who was appointed in 1998 to be Cyprus Chief EU Accession Negotiator?

George Vassiliou
Demetris Christofias
Marcos Kyprianou
Yiannakis Matsis
Alecos Markides

9. Which of these is not governed by an actual EU Directive?

Environmental Impact Assessment
Ambient Air Quality Assessment and Management
Packaging and Packaging Waste
Community Action Programme Promoting Environmental NGOs
Hazardous Waste

10. One of the above is controlled by a European Decision. Decisions are binding only for those to whom they are addressed, and may not require national implementing legislation. Which of the following forms of EU secondary legislation is not legally binding at all?

All of these are binding in some way

11. Treaties are considered primary legislation. Which of the following is not an EU treaty?

The 1957 Euratom Treaty
The 1970 Budgetary Treaty
The 1992 Treaty of Maastricht
The 1977 Treaty of London
The 1951 Treaty of Paris

12. What did Al Gore describe as potentially the most dangerous environmental problem facing mankind?

The depletion of the ozone layer
Pollution of the world's seas
The Greenhouse Effect
The waste crisis

13. What causes the hole in the ozone layer?

The release of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.
Chemical reactions between ozone and chloroflurocarbons in the stratosphere.
Chemical reactions between ozone and chloroflurocarbons in the troposphere.
Methane release into the atmosphere.
Oxygen reacting with unknown chemicals in the atmosphere.

14. Which of these can enhance the Greenhouse Effect and is thus sometimes known as a Greenhouse gas?

Carbon dioxide
Water Vapour
None of these
All of these

15. Acid rain can be formed when rainwater reacts with which chemicals in the atmosphere?

Sulphur dioxide
Nitrous Oxides
Carbon dioxide
None of these
All of these

16. What is the meaning in English of the German term 'Waldsterben', referring to an environmental impact of acid rain?

Fallen buildings
River death
Green lakes
Forest death
Corroded statues

17. According to most estimates (including that of the US EPA) , how much energy does aluminium recycling save compared to manufacturing it from bauxite ore?


18. According to a recent report, approximately how much waste does each Cypriot citizen generate?

350 kilos
460 kilos
600 kilos
230 kilos
110 kilos



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