The residents of Potamia wished to celebrate their position as one of the island’s few communities where Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots still live side by side. UNDP was asked to be an advisor to efforts to develop a community-based road map for the museum/library restoration project, and using our network of experts, we identified people who could bring ideas on participatory planning techniques, which the Potamia residents could use to help them make the project as inclusive as possible. One of the major achievements of the project was the bold decision to involve the former Turkish Cypriot residents of Potamia. The residents of Potamia have appointed a Special Board of Trustees called the Potamia Heritage Association, which cooperates closely with the Community Council. Their aim is to collect materials which celebrate the history of the
village to create a living museum which represents the long relationship between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.
This photo album is part of the work of preserving the legacy of this remarkable village, and represents a treasure trove of memories which echo down the ages, while bringing to life the vision of a multi-cultural Cyprus
at peace with itself.