Kinaros, also known as Cinarus, is a small Greek island in the Aegean, located west of Kalymnos and Leros and east of Amorgos, and only 5.5 nautical miles west-southwest of Levitha.
Kinaros, which is the second westernmost island of the Dodecanese after Astypalea, is protected under the Natura 2000 network. According to a report by Greece’s ANT1 television, the island and its single permanent resident have been “adopted” by the Hellenic Entrepreneurs Association (EENE).
According to a statement released to the station, the association explained that Kinaros is one of eighteen islets Turkey is pressing unfounded claims for.
“The need to defend our national interests concerns all of us. The call is for national conscience, vigilance and decisive contribution and generosity, to each one’s ability,” EENE stated.
The association also announced their interest in “adopting” other remote islets, “remembered only at emergencies.” Besides, EENE also explained that “It is important to showcase and support the crucial work carried out by modern Greek frontier residents.”
EENE will provide for food and emergency, legal, logistic, and tax support, as well as maintenance of the resident’s house and the infrastructure of the islet.
The solitary resident, Irini (Rinio) Katsotourhi, who recently lost a state bonus, expressed her gratitude during a call-in on ANT1’s show to Vassilis Apostolopoulos, EENE chief, who replied stating that “We owe her our thanks and any help we can give for what she is doing for our country.”
Kinaros, Levitha, and some other nearby islets are included in the protected biodiversity regions list belonging to the European Union’s Natura 2000 network.
According to a report for the area, Natura explains that there are cultivations in the center of Levitha as well as a lot of free grazing goats all over the island. On Kinaros islet there are also cultivations and goats but fewer. In both islets, there are very deep bays, which could be considered similar to fjords.
The site comes under the full jurisdiction of the EU’s habitat-protection network, described by Natura 2000 as “an important site for seabirds and raptors.”
(Source: Tornos News)