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Global Synchronised Breastfeeding event 10/2008



The bronze metal was awarded by WABA, the World organisers, to Cyprus for the breastfeeding event organized by AKTI and Breastfeeding Support Group of Nicosia the 11th October 2008. 90 mothers with their babies, husbands, grandparents and representatives of health stakeholders participated in the World Sychronised Breastfeeding Event 2008 organized by AKTI and the Breastfeeding Support Group of Nicosia, in the Hilton Park in Nicosia on 11th October. 78 babies out of 90 breastfed at exactly 11 o’clock, while in a parallel event organized in Makarios General Hospital 11 more newborns, breastfed at the same time. These numbers are considered to be extremely important (bearing in mind the scale of Cyprus) allowing our country to receive the bronze metal by the World organizers.

Global synchronized breastfeeding event 2008

In the context of World Breastfeeding Week, on October 11th and at 10:30 am (local time), mothers around the world will simultaneously breastfeed their children. Our slogan for this year is: “Mother Support: Going for the Gold!”

Cyprus says YES to breastfeeding!

In the framework of these global events, the Breastfeeding Support Group of Nicosia and AKTI Project and Research Centre, organize for a second year in Cyprus a synchronized breastfeeding event which will take place on the 11th of October, 10:30 am, at Hilton Park in Nicosia. The registration of the participating mothers will begin at 9:00 am and will be concluded by 10:30 am.

As we celebrated the 2008 Olympics and the 2008 World Breastfeeding Week, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) calls for increased support for mothers striving to achieve the gold standard of infant feeding: to breastfeed their babies exclusively for the first six months, and continue breastfeeding together with feeding other appropriate complementary foods, up to two years and beyond.


To expand awareness of the need for and the value of providing support to a breastfeeding mother. To disseminate updated information about support for breastfeeding mothers. To encourage the creation of optimal conditions for the provision of mother support in all CIRCLES OF SUPPORT.


Aside from the global aims, it is important to promote the value of maternal breastfeeding in Cyprus where very few mothers breastfeed their children. Hence the ultimate goal of the local organizers of the event is to change the attitude of the Cypriot society towards breastfeeding. Women in Cyprus should be able to breastfeed while being supported and encouraged to do so. Support a Mother to Provide a Golden Start For Her Child ! With Breastfeeding, Everyone Wins ! For more information on how to participate contact the following numbers: 22591791, 22458485 or email to The event is organized under the auspices of the Minister of Health Mr. Christos Patsalides. Supported by: Cyprus Paediatric Society, Cyprus Society of Perinatal Medicine, Cyprus Gynaecological Society, Cyprus Nurses and Midwives Association, Europa Donna Cyprus, Nursing Department of CUT and Cyprus Nursing Academy.


AKTI Project and Research Centre supports the celebrations for COAST DAY 2008


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 opens its library to public


AKTI is opening its environmental library to the public! Students, teachers, scientists, and civilians are invited to access AKTI’s large collection of books and electronic archives, magazines, scientific archives, and newspaper articles.

The library contains information on a variety of environmental topics, including water, energy/ alternative energy, transportation, alternative fuel sources, waste management, composting, organic agriculture, soil, bioengineering, pollution, coastal zone management and sustainable development, as well as scientific and educational volumes on chemistry, engineering, geology, natural history, and a variety of other topics.

Anyone engaged in conducting research in any of these areas, studying these topics, or simply interested in learning more about environmental issues is welcome to visit AKTI headquarters on weekdays, between 9 A.M. and 5 P.M. AKTI’s library is located on the 4th floor at 1, Kalliopis St. and Larnaka Avenue, 2102 Aglantzia – Nicosia, Cyprus.

The setting up of the library was supported by the project “Building a sustainable and dynamic future”, which was funded under the Strengthening fund of UNDP- ACT

AKTI participates in the International State Fair of Cyprus, 23 May – 1st June 2008


AKTI participates with its Mobile Environmental Information Centre in the Cyprus International State Fair, in cooperation with the recycling company Green Dot. Information material, multi media presentations, exhibition of environmental technologies will be available to the visitors and AKTI’s staff will be there for any questions/ information. Every day, from 18:00 to 22:00 the Mobile Environmental Information Centre will be there.Visit us!

AKTI participates in Green Week 2008, 3-6 June Brussels


AKTI’s Director Xenia I. Loizidou will participate in the works of Green Week in Brussels as a member of the CESF group.

Apart from the Green Week activities, the members of CESF group will have meetings with representatives from EU Directives, members of the Euro-parliament and representatives of European NGOs (eg EEB, Active Citizens).




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At 17 April 2008, at FULBRIGHT Centre in Nicosia, AKTI Project and Research Centre organises the Workshop INTEGRATED COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT: FROM THEORY TO COOPERATIVE ACTION.

You can see the concept of the workshop and the program below. For registration contact AKTI Project and Research Centre (for Turkish press here)


Coastal Zones are among the most fragile natural ecosystems, extremely vulnerable to human intervention. Multiple and complex parameters coexist and interact within the dynamic coastal system: natural, social, economic etc. It is a precious natural resource under threat due to overexploitation and increasing human pressures: 2/3 of the human population (3,6 billion people) live near a coastline.

European Union is concerned about the future of its 100,000 km of coastline:

  1. over 1/3 of the European population lives within 50 km from the coastline.
  2. more than 143 million people live along the coastline in the Mediterranean,.
  3. 50% of the Mediterranean coasts will be the victims of construction until 2025 according to European Environment Agency (EEA 2006).
  4. 20% of European coasts are facing erosion (EUROSION, 2004) and 80% of Mediterranean coastline will be threatened by erosion during following years (UNEP/MAP, 2006).
  5. In Cyprus, 90% of tourism activity is concentrated in the coastal areas which represent only the 13% of the island’s territory!

Economic development results in extreme pressures on the coastal and marine environments. What are the limits to such development? The carrying capacity of coastal ecosystems is not infinite.

Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) has been addressed as a major priority for ensuring the sustainable future of the Planet. In June 2007 the European Commission confirmed that “the response to the EU ICZM Recommendation is part of a slow, but on-going process towards more integrated coastal planning and management”.

However, non-traditional actions like ICZM are still unfamiliar to people and frequently resisted. Locals, especially in Mediterranean, want to have massive tourism development, which gives quick profit. Inappropriate policies, inappropriate management schemes and infrastructure failed to make sustainable development an effective option. It can be stated or concluded that “our present approach to managing our Coastal Zone resource needs a much improved, interactive link between the best interests of natural-resource system and the society that benefits from it” (SPICOSA network)

A major requirement for the successful implementation of an integrated coastal zone management approach is to ensure the effective participation of citizens throughout the decision making process. All citizens, according to Aarhus Convention, have the right for free access to environmental information and data. Authorities are obliged to provide the infrastructure and the support for their participation in the decision-making process, which will define the future of each coastal area and the development model that is going to be implemented.

This is the context that led to the organisation of the workshop “Integrated Coastal Zone Management: from theory to action”. The workshop will take place in Nicosia, the 17th April 2008 at Fulbright Centre.


09:00- 09:30: Registrations – refreshments

09:30- 09:50: Welcome speeches

  1.  Dr. Jaco Cilliers, Programme Manager,UNDP-ACT
  2.  Meral Akinci, KAYAD Community Centre
  3.  Xenia Loizidou, AKTI Project and Research Centre, coordinator of Network for a Sustainable Future

09:50 – 11:10: 1st Round Table:
Integrated Coastal Zone Management: the way through sustainable coastal development
Key speaker: Dr Alan Pickaver, Head of Policy Unit of EUCC (European Union of Coastal Conservation):

European Union ICZM Indicators: How well are we implementing ICZM in Europe? And what effect is it having?

Panel: (5 minutes suggestion by each member of the panel) 

  1.  Dr. Jaco Cilliers, Program Manager,UNDP-ACT
  2. Michael Loizides, Environmental Engineer- Chairman of Environmental Committee of ETEK- coordinator CESF: the role of engineers in ICZM implementation
  3. Meral Akinci- KAYAD: the role of civil society in sustainable development
  4. Andreas Demetropoulos, Marine Biologist- ex-Director Fisheries Department: Marine Biodiversity issues in CAMP (Coastal Area Management Program- UNEP)
  5. Hristina Kontaxi, Mediterranean SOS Network, Greece: ICZM in Greece and civic engagement

Open discussion with the participation of the audience
Facilitator: Xenia I. Loizidou –Coastal Engineer, AKTI Project and Research Centre, ICZM Ambassador of ENCORA Network.

11:10 – 11:40: Coffee break

11:40 – 13:00: 2nd Round Table:
Sustainability: the role of environmental stakeholders (mass media, NGOs, local authorities, schools…..) and the necessity for cooperative work through networking.
Key speaker: Dr George Kassinis, Associate Professor, Univercity of Cyprus
Critical environmental stakeholders and social networks for sustainable development

Panel: (5 minutes suggestion by each member of the panel)

  1. Nic Jarraud, UNDP-ACT: The Cyprus Environmental Stakeholder Forum
  2. Kriton Arsenis- Head of Policy Unit, Hellenic Society of Environment and Heritage- Greece: Network for the sustainable development of Aegian islands, Greece
  3. Michael Ierides- Director CYMEPA: eco schools: a way to promote sustainable development
  4. Kyriaki Demetriou- AKTI: the Aarhus Convention in Cyprus and the potential given to active public participation
  5. Dr Ibrahim Ozejder, journalist, Ass University Professor: the role of MME in promoting sustainable development

Open discussion with the participation of the audience
Facilitator: Michael I. Loizides – Environmental Engineer- Chairman of Environmental Committee of ETEK- coordinator of Cyprus Environmental Stakeholder Forum

13:00: Cocktail Lunch

Organizers: AKTI Project and Research Centre
Supported by the organizations: CYMEPA, KAYAD , AGEM

For information and registration, you are welcome to contact AKTI’s office, tel 22458485, fax: 22458486, e-mail:, website:





The workshop forms part of the 4-day CESF Plenary, 14 – 18 April 2008, at the Fulbright Centre, Nicosia Cyprus. CESF, ie Cyprus Environmental Stakeholder Forum is an isl    and-wide environmental platform supported by UNDP-ACT). The workshop is organised within the framework of the program “Network for a sustainable future” which froms part of Cyprus Environmental Stakeholder Forum.


Inland Wide Literature Competition


AKTI Project and Research Centre, in cooperation with the Green Dot Cyprus,
within the framework of the project ‘Recycling on Cycles’,
are organising literature competition with the theme:

Reduce – Reuse – Recycle: nothing should be wasted!
Deadline: 30/5/2008

For turkish click here

International Seminar on Coastal Research, May 2008, Portugal – Funding opportunity


1st PoCoast Seminar on Coastal Research, Portugal , May 26-28, 2008
Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal

The Portuguese Network on Coastal Research, PoCoast, will organize from May 26 through 28, 2008, at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, the 1st PoCoast Seminar on Coastal Research, dedicated to the ENCORA scientific themes, and an extra one. Seminar official languages are Portuguese and English, translation facilities will be provided for both languages.

More information on the ENCORA network

Island Wide Literature Competition


AKTI Project and Research Centre, in cooperation with the Biologists Association and the Green Dot Cyprus, within the framework of the project ‘Recycling on Cycles’, organised a literature competition under the theme:

Reduce-Reuse-Recycle: nothing should be wasted

The Earth is suffering from growing waste mountains. All of us and each of us is part of the problem! The literature competition invites children to think of ways to change their lifestyle, adopting the three Rs: reduce-reuse-recycle, contributing to the ‘solution’ of the problem.

The Award Ceremony took place the 9th of June at the Fulbright Centre in Nicosia. 20 works have been awarded:. The first three prices have been awarded to (click on each name to download) : 

1st price: Andreas Andoniades (11 years old) and Perihan KORUK (12 years old)
2nd price: Andrea Toggidou (8 years old) and Dilan Tanrikulu (13 years old)
3rd price: Konstantina Pashalidou (8 years old) and Huriye ERTAY (11 years old)

The winning works will be also presented on the websites of the Biologists Association, and Green Dot Cyprus.

The competition has been organized by AKTI Project and Research Centre in cooperation with Green Dot Cyprus and the Biologists Association.

With the support of: Odigitis Bookshop, Deniz Plaza, Cultural Foundation of Morphou Bishopric, Posidonion – Information and Communication Centre.

The competition was organised within the framework of the project Recycling on Cycles which is funded by Action for Cooperation and Trust. Partners in the project: AKTI Project and Research Centre (coordinator), Biologists Association, Cultural Foundation of Morphou Bishopric, Posidonion – Information and Communication Centre.

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