Laona has been instrumental in motivating the Cyprus Government to ratify (in 2006) the Florence Convention on the European Landscape, 2000. In co-operation, originally with Reading University, UK, and now with Open University Cyprus, the Foundation has pioneered landscape mapping as a tool for better territorial/land use planning.
In 2008 a provisional landscape map at a scale of 1:250.000 was produced, being the first map of the whole island to have been produced by actual on-site evaluation since the Turkish invasion and division of Cyprus in 1974. This was possible because Laona’s status as an NGO enables it to enter northern Cyprus and co-operate with Turkish Cypriot NGOs based on the other side of the island’s divide.
Within the ambit of its concern for landscape and communities the Foundation conducted a bi-communal project in 2008-09 on the rehabilitation of abandoned mines and quarries. Specialists from both the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities participated in a Think Tank which produced a series of recommendations that are still valid and quoted today.