Marine litter is a complex and transboundary environmental problem, with increasing concern worldwide. Today is evident that effective policy and reduction measures should be urgently put in place, not only on local/national level, but also in regional/sub-regional; transnational cooperation being a real challenge. The overall objective of the MELTEMI project is along with the assessment of marine litter in beaches and sea, MELTEMI foresees an active engagement of the society and the key-players by informing, ‘educating’ training and networking them on a science and policy assessment framework of marine litter.
MELTEMI’s approach is based on the creation of transnational networks among GR, CY, BG and AL, where coastal marine litter will be assessed, with the aim to review world’s best practices and tools and adapt them to countries’ needs.
As main outputs MELTEMI will:
- Deliver a baseline assessment of marine litter on specific coastal zones
- Review the existing national legal and policy framework for the regulation of waste and the protection of the environment from marine litter
- Enhance and propose legal and policy frameworks based on existing policy and management tools and best practices at local, national and international level
- Engage society, increase public awareness and boost environmental education practices towards an ocean literate society on marine litter issues
- Assist decision makers to co-develop National & Transnational Action Plans Proposals for the reduction of marine litter at source
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.
Hub: the effective centre of an activity, region, or network
“The Hub” is the Cypriot Women’s Leadership Network to provide opportunities for networking, engagement and advancement. The overall aim of the network is to become the hub, the reference and the supporting mechanism to boost Cypriot women leaders to become active participants in decision making at all levels: public, private and civil society sectors. ‘The Hub’ was established in 2015, designed and developed by AKTI Project and Research Centre, with the support of the US Department of State, under the program Global Women, Peace and Security Initiative.
”The Hub” is being created within a framework of a wider project. Read below about the project.
About the Project
This project addresses the second pillar of the UN Security Council Resolution on Women, Peace and Security, ”Participation” which states that ” Women participate equally with men and gender equality is promoted in peace and security decision-making processes at national, local, regional and international level”
What is the Goal?
The overarching goal of the project is to empower Cypriot women to become active participants in decision-making at all levels: public, private and civil society sectors more broadly.
What are the Project Objectives?
The main objective of the project was to provide much needed opportunities for networking, engagement and advancement of women on the island, introduce innovation, as well as successfully tackle gender bias. This was achieved through the following:
The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) conducted a study through desk research and enhanced with experts opinions. This study focuses on gender inequality in decision-making and leadership and provides an understanding of the root causes in such inequality in Cyprus,the main barriers to women’s leadership and possible strategies to overcome gender inequality and increase the participation of women in decision-making at all levels.
- Desk based study to identify successful leadership networks in Cyprus, Europe and internationally.
This study helped to identify Best Practices of Leadership Networks, from Cyprus, Europe and Internationally, which could be emulated by the pioneering Cypriot Women’s Leadership Network. The best practices are presented in the map below.
- The identification of effective Cypriot woman leaders in different sectors to participate in the Cypriot Women’s Leadership Network “core group”.
- Regional and International Networking.
- The organisation and implementation of a number of training and networking events, bringing together Cypriot Women Leaders.
The trainings, events and meetings aimed to allow women leaders to exchange views and opinions and identify opportunities for collaboration and mutual support.
Cluster: a bunch, a bundle, a collection… a group of similar things or people positioned or occurring closely together.
Green Cluster is a new initiative being developed by AKTI Project and Research Centre. It is a dynamic form of collaboration aiming to strengthen joint activities, to increase innovation, networking, trust building, business development and business environments.
The Green Cluster emerges from a need to bring together businesses with a common interest, the environment, in a collective that will promote business growth and extroversion, will allow access to funds and will encourage and support the creation of start-ups. Watch our Green Cluster video.
Green Cluster Cluster Activities
The Green Cluster aims to bring together individuals and companies working in the environment and green sector in Cyprus. The aim is to identify individuals that could both contribute and benefit from the creation of the Cluster, since it is envisioned that the Cluster will work symbiotically.
The main activities of the Cluster will involve:
- The identification of opportunities and market needs in the green sector in Cyprus;
- Sector-specific and solution oriented networking events;
- A host of online tools, the Green Cluster e-platform, to share knowledge and information;
- A web-database of green best practices, and
- much much more.
The Green Cluster Sectors
One of the first actions of Green Cluster is the identification of promising green sectors, i.e. green sectors with potential to be expanded in Cyprus, which will cover nano and small enterprises, green workers and green leaders.Click here to view the sectors.
For more information and to apply to become a member, visit the Green Cluster website.
MarLitCy is a 28 month long project, funded by EuropeAid Programme.
The EU funded project ‘INTERACT’, focuses on social inclusion through environmental activities.
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.
Raise awareness among the youth of Cyprus to work for the protection of the global climate, ‘Youth in Action’ Prog.
An island-wide initiative as a confidence-building measure under the auspices of the Environment Technical Committee.
Share and shape common European values on consumption lifestyles with a view to contribute to sustainable environmental development.
Training Mediterranean Local Authorities And Civil Organizations On Integrated Coastal Zone Management And Reaction To The Impacts Of Climate Changes
Discovering the “know- how” on Sub-actions 1.1, 1.2, & 1.3 is a Gantalcalá initiative, ‘Youth in Action’ Programme.
Stimulate awareness among the youth of Cyprus on the importance of coastal environment, ‘Youth in Action’ Programme
Cooperation for the conservation of rare endemic plants of Cyprus within the buffer zone
Survey conducted on the perceptions on sustainable development and climate change in Cyprus
Increase awareness on environmental issues and trigger environmental-friendly behavior.
Cooperation on solid waste management, including recycling through a mobile information centre
Promote effective partnership among CSOs in Cyprus and the Mediterranean, EU and other countries, on environmental issues, sustainable development and stakeholder participation processes.
Increase young people’s awareness and society in general on the environmental impact of transportation.
Develop AKTI’s human capacity and organisational structure to make the organization more a more effective CSO.
Water saving: An integrated environmental education program for schools in South-East Europe
“Stay Healthy, Stop Mercury” campaign which is aiming at raising awareness of a potential “child brain drain” as a result of environmental mercury pollution
World Environment Day Green Cities – Plan for the Planet!
A summer camp for the youth of Cyprus to learn, discuss and act upon a sustainable future for their island.
A bi-communal workshop on mycorrhizal technology in Cyprus
Screening of school textbooks to identify historical myths that may encourage conflict across the communities in Cyprus while initiating dialogue among educators.
Providing information to farmers and supporting the efforts for the promotion of organic agriculture in Cyprus
Creating an inventory of the major sources of biodegradable waste in urban and rural areas of Cyprus
Promoting awareness-raising on organic agriculture among farmers across communities in Cyprus.
Utilizing ENVISwith a wide range of GIS applications allowing the experts and their departments across communities to produce a set of maps for the entire island of Cyprus.
Creating the website for the most natural coasts in Cyprus
The Young Green- Consumer, the Citizen of Tomorrow
Raising awareness of cyclists and excursionists regarding the conservation and protection of the environment.
Water experts from both sides of the island cooperating through the use of a shared water database system called ENVIS (Environmental Information System).