Environmental Education and Vocational Training
Για ακόμη μια χρονιά, η ΑΚΤΗ διοργανώνει καλοκαιρινή εκστρατεία καθαρισμού ακτών κατά την οποία γίνεται παράλληλα συλλογή και καταγραφή στοιχείων με την υλοποίηση του διεθνούς πρωτόκολλου Ocean Conservancy. Τα στοιχεία μεταφέρονται στην Βάση Δεδομένων για σκουπίδια της θάλασσας που διαχειρίζεται η ΑΚΤΗ, ώστε να αποτελέσουν υλικό για σύγκριση δεδομένων και μελλοντική έρευνα.
Οι καθαρισμοί πραγματοποιούνται σε συνεργασία με τις τοπικές αρχές κάθε περιοχής, ως μία από τις υποχρεωτικές δραστηριότητες της Γαλάζιας σημαίας, ενώ σημαντική είναι η συμβολή ομάδων εθελοντών.
The Responsible Beach Bars Competition
Within the framework of the “Fighting plastic pollution in Cyprus: The Responsible Beach Bars Initiative”, AKTI, in collaboration with the Pancyprian Association of Recreation Centre Owners, is launching the Responsible Beach Bars Best Practice Competition.
All the competition documents can be found here (in Greek):
The application form can also be accessed electronically here.
The project “Fighting plastic pollution in Cyprus: The Responsible Beach Bars Initiative” has been recognised as an innovative social initiative and therefore awarded by Beyond Plastic Med organisation (http://www.beyondplasticmed.org/).
This initiative aims to engage beach bars, snack shacks and beach restaurants (henceforth called beach bars), strewn around Cypriot beaches, to take ownership of ‘their’ stretch of beach in order to protect it and minimise the amount of marine litter, and especially plastic, left on it by their customers and in general beach goers. This will be achieved through a series of interrelated activities as follows: (1) Organisation and implementation of a workshop bringing together beach bar representatives (managers, bar tenders, workers) from around the island to record their opinions and views with regards to plastic waste, to identify the problems they face with regards to its management and to pinpoint easy to implement and effective solutions for its management; (2) Development of a concise but comprehensive guide for beach bars outlining the practices that they can implement to minimise plastic waste; (3) Implementation of an extensive awareness-raising campaign in the summer of 2017 targeting all beach bars on the island, where the Guide and a Decalogue of Good Practice will be disseminated; (4) Concurrently to the awareness-raising campaign, launch a competition for the beach bars that have managed to manage/reduce plastic waste most effectively over the summer period through synergistic activites with other key stakeholders; and (5) Organise an awards ceremony for the winning beach bars.
More information about the project:
Map of Responsible Beach Bars
Beat the Microbead: A worldwide campaign to ban plastic microbeads
Beat the Microbead is an international campaign supported by AKTI Project and Research Centre along with numerous NGOs worldwide against microbeads used in cosmetics.
Microbeads and Pollution
Microbeads are tiny particles of plastic that have been added to possibly thousands of personal care products sold around the world. These microbeads, hardly visible to the naked eye, flow straight from the bathroom drain into the sewer system. Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to filter out microbeads and that is the main reason why ultimately, they contribute to the Plastic Soup swirling around the world’s oceans. Sea creatures absorb or eat microbeads. These microbeads are passed along the marine food chain. Since humans are ultimately at the top of this food chain, it is likely that we are also absorbing microbeads from the food we eat. Microbeads are not biodegradable and once they enter the marine environment, they are impossible to remove.
About the campaign
The campaign aims to prevent manufacturers and retailers from using and selling products containing microbeads, and asks governments to ban their use in cosmetics. It was launched in 2012 and it is currently supported by 86 NGOs from 37 countries and 446 brands from 117 different manufacturers. This positive response shows that more and more of these microbeads are being removed from personal care products and replaced by natural alternatives. It is still a far cry to say that all personal care products are free from plastic microbeads though.
In October 2013, an internationally functional, smartphone application and supporting online platform (www.beatthemicrobead.org) were launched to support the campaign. The Beat the Microbead app makes it easy to check whether a product contains plastic.
For more information, click here.
MarLitCy is a 28 month long project, funded by EuropeAid Programme.
The EU funded project ‘INTERACT’, focuses on social inclusion through environmental activities. Continue Reading
Turning a harmful waste, such as cooking oil, into biodiesel while promoting development and civic action
ARGONAFTIS is a 5 month in service training for young scientists in the field of environment!
An urban intervention to encourage the public to learn about, and to actively participate, in Tiganokinisi.
The EU funded project Coast Alert: Acting Regionally in a European Context.