Coast Day is a unique event in the Mediterranean. It aims to raise awareness of policy makers and the public of the value of the coast, as well as of applying an integrated approach to planning and management of the coastal zone. This gallery includes photos from activities organised in Cyprus for the Coast Day Celebrations in 2008 by AKTI.
The events organized and implemented in Cyprus by AKTI Project and Research Centre for Coast Day 2008 was a great success!
More than 12 Mass media have been involved (newspapers, radios and TVs), the official Coast Day video has been on TV 2times per day since 14 October (TV Magic) and 4 times during 24th (Omega TV). Radio interviews, articles in newspapers, beach cleanings, 2 mini workshops in schools (Primary School of Prodromos in Larnaka and International School of Pafos) with the participation of 300 children and with coverage from TVs and radios, establishment of October as coastal awareness raising month for the students of International School with the support if AKTI, meetings with stakeholders (eg the Mayor of Pafos), e-newsletters etc.
AKTI in collaboration with the Department of Environment celebrates CoastDay2020, through the action #potavristou!
#potavristou, literally means “reach out” in the Cypriot dialect, but also has the meaning of “giving a helping hand”. AKTI, through its social media and with the support of several public media (TV & radio), is asking individuals to simply “reach out”, anywhere they were during the entire month of September, collect the litter lying around them, take a photo, tell us their location and the number of litter they have collected and post it on social media using the hashtags #potavristou and #akti or send it to us through the messenger of AKTI.
This is the second year of AKTI’s action #potavristou! During 2019, #potavristou was run only one day, the 21st of September, and over 500 people posted pictures and data on collected appr 5,5 tones of litter all around the coastline of Cyprus. It was a great achievement for Cyprus, which has received international recognition by Ocean Conservancy. This is the first campaign that targeted the self-responsibility of Cypriots as citizens, without organized groups or beach clean-up events on specific beaches. It is obvious that there is a definite need for more concerted actions, awareness, and stronger advocacy work.
This year, #potavristou runs the entire month of September and through this action AKTI devotes the 25th of September to CoastDay2020!
With #potavristou, AKTI aims to strengthen its outreach for enhancing citizen engagement and its capacity to offer broader advocacy to a larger spectrum of citizens groups through (1) empowering/encouraging citizens to act against marine litter, (2) gathering important-for-research citizen-science data that are scarce in Cyprus, (3) liaising with key stakeholders to identify effective measures to stop the flow of litter to the marine environment.
📢Let’s celebrate 𝑰𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒏𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒍 𝑪𝒐𝒂𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒍 𝑪𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒏-𝒖𝒑 𝑫𝒂𝒚 by cleaning Pedieos River!
Join us for a riverside cleanup, organized by AKTI in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy Cyprus:
📆 September 19, 2020
⏱ 9:00 – 10:30 AM
📍 Pedieos River, Nicosia
📌 Meeting Point: Greek Orthodox Church Timiou Prodromou, near the Ministry of Health
📩 RVSP TO: email@example.com by Thursday, September 17
Marine litter is an environmental, economic as well as human health problem with no simple solution. It poses a global, complex and multi-dimensional challenge with significant implications for the marine and coastal environment and human activities all over the world. Single-use plastic products constitute more than 70% of all marine litter items. The European Commission in May, 2018 proposed new EU-wide rules that target to reduce the ten most common single-use plastic products found on Europe’s coastal areas and seas.
This year-long project funded by the Beyond Plastic Med Foundation aims to raise awareness on the impact of single-use plastics on the environment and consequently on human health and provide practical solutions to the problem targeting key stakeholders of the Cypriot society, specifically coastal businesses.
📌The specific OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT are:
1️⃣. Awareness-raising of key stakeholders who contribute to, are affected by and are responsible for taking decisions regarding the usage of single-use plastics, particularly coastal businesses and local authorities, as well as the general public. Promote the need to reduce the use of single-use plastics, presenting their detrimental effects on the marine environment and offering a solution oriented campaign (as presented in following points (2) and (3).
2️⃣. Collection and dissemination of best practices for the reduction of single-use plastics through synergistic, novel and practical solutions to the problem. Collaboration of the key stakeholders will be encouraged and recorded.
3️⃣. Expansion of civic engagement through capacity building and skills development in conscious single-use plastic usage, in order to have a societal level change (i.e. coastal business owners, beachgoers, local authorities, students) in regards with the latest proposed EU Directive which aims to reduce marine litter.
📌 To realize this objectives the project includes a series of INTERRELATED ACTIVITIES:
1️⃣. Organization and implementation of field trips and beach/seabed clean ups with source identification, for marine litter assessment engaging coastal business owners, beachgoers and local communities.
📸🌊Some photos from the Beach and Seabed Cleanups, are available here:
2️⃣. Production of a Guide highlighting the practices that can be applied by each stakeholder/target group in order to reduce the use of single-use plastics.
An electronic version of the Guide, is available here:
3️⃣. Extensive awareness raising campaign in the summer of 2019 to enlarge the existing Network of Responsible Coastal Businesses that was created through the previous Initiative, so as to include additional types of businesses such as hotels, kiosks etc that will adhere to a Decalogue of Good Practice.
✅ The Responsible Coastal Businesses Network is visible on this Map.
4️⃣. Implementation of school visits to inform and raise awareness in children and youth about the problem of single-use plastics and its negative impacts on the marine environment.
📸Some photos from the Training of the Trainers by Dr. Michael Loizides and Dr. Xenia Loizidou for the presentations in schools, are available here:
📸Some photos from the School Visits, are available here:
📸Some photos from the Awareness Raising Campaign in Universities, are available here:
5️⃣. Organization of a highly publicized final event to present the outcomes of the Initiative:
A highly publicised Final event was implemented at the end of the project. The ceremony took place on June 5, 2020 on the occasion of the World Environment Day, at the Municipal Beach of Geroskipou in Paphos. During the event, the overall results of the initiative were presented, and two artistic installations on marine litter were inaugurated. For the installations, AKTI Project and Research Centre collaborated with the Municipality of Geroskipou and the Second Primary School of Geroskipou, under the supervision of Ms Elena Daniel, a Cypriot artist.
The philosophy behind the installation, is the participation of visitors to the beach in the drastic reduction of the inappropriate disposal of plastic waste. The installations are a fun and interactive way to engage children and adults alike in the fight against plastic marine pollution, and act as a reminder that we must find ways to adopt a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. The event took place in the presence of the Environment Commissioner of Cyprus Mrs. Klelia Vassiliou and was attended by over 60 people (observing social distancing practices), including the Geroskipou Mayor Mr. Michael Pavlides and council members, the artist of the installation Ms. Elena Daniel, the Chairperson of Fishermen Federation in Paphos Mr. Leonidas Leonidou, Koloni Green Point manager Mr. Michael Michael, media (TV, radios and newspapers/e-media), Members of the Paphos Winter Swimmers Association, Members of Paphos Fishermen Association, representatives of the First and Second Primary School of Geroskipou, the Gymnasium of Agia Paraskevi and Giannaki Talioti High School in Geroskipou, Members of the Cultural Movement of Geroskipou and Local Community Members. The Ceremony was hugely successful with high Media coverage and publicity, and all stakeholders gave AKTI very positive feedback!
You can find below news clips, about the final event:
📸Some photos from the Final Event, are available here:
6️⃣. Extensive communication and dissemination activities through the duration of the project, targeting various audiences through a range of means.
7️⃣. Active involvement of coastal Local Authorities both during the beach clean ups and the visits/awareness raising of coastal business network.
✅Be Μed good practice guide was presented to 16 local authorities, aimed at informing them on the environmental impact of single-use plastics and on how coastal authorities can implement practices that will minimise their consumption of single use plastics:
On Saturday, 21 September 2019, MarLitCy will be in Agia Napa with a series of activities to help celebrate and participate at the International Coastal Cleanup. Divers will be cleaning up the seabed in Cape Greko, volunteers will clean up the beach near Green Bay (Protaras) and free diving lessons for youth will be provided.
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Beach Cleanup – Meeting Point: Green Bay (Protaras)
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/470989560168222/
BeMed Project Launch Event ‘The Cyprus Responsible Coastal Business Network against Single Use Plastics’
It is with great pleasure that we would like to invite you to the Lauch Event of our new project funded by the Beyond Plastic Med Foundation, entitled ‘The Cyprus Responsible Coastal Business Network against Single Use Plastics’.
The event will take place on Saturday, 8 June 2019, at 10am at Bania in Paphos, and will include beach and seabed cleanups with the implementation of internationally recognised protocols on marine litter identification and recording.
Upcoming Event: We Love Our Coasts! 2015 Campaign on Litter Free Coasts and Seas By AKTI and Lanitis Bros on 3rd to 5th July
We Love Our Coasts!
2015 Campaign on Litter Free Coasts and Seas
By AKTI and Lanitis Bros
On Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th July, from 12:00 to 21:00 at Ledra street (opposite the Municipal Hall) the group of scientists of AKTI will be there informing on Marine Litter within the “Forests of Barrels” of the MARLSICO Exhibition.
The 4th of July, at 18:00 the media, at the same place during the exhibition, the launching of the campaign “Responsible Beach Bars”, within the MarLitCY EU funded program, with the presence of his Excellency the Ambassador of Spain and in cooperation of the Spanish Ministry of Environment. See invitation here
MarLitCy is a 28 month long project, funded by EuropeAid Programme.
The beach cleanup event was organised by the U.S. Embassy in Cyprus, AKTI Project and Research Centre and was supported by the MARLISCO Cyprus project, on the occasion of the International Coastal Cleanup Day. The event took place on Saturday, 20th September 2014, by the ‘Foinikoudes’ Pier in Larnaca. MARLISCO Cyprus implemented an international marine litter protocol and the data collected was contributed to the Ocean Conservancy database. Students from the American Academy in Larcaca enthousiastically participated in the event.
See below how the event was covered by CYBC prime news on 20 September 2014
Watch a short film in Greek from the event
Watch a short film in English from the event
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