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Public Outreach and Advocacy

AKTI disseminates information on environmental issues through e-mails, workshops, publications in scientific journals, local newspapers and broadcasts in traditional and social media. AKTI implements various environmental and awareness raising campaigns. It also owns a library specialized in environmental end coastal issues. It supports the exchange of knowledge, information and experiences around practical solutions to environmental issues. Members of the Board of Directors consult stakeholders such as local authorities and participate in decision making mechanisms urging for changes to be made around environmental issues affecting people’s everyday lives.

#επιΜενουμεΜαζι : Στηρίζουμε τους μικρούς παραγωγούς της Κύπρου.

#ΑΚΤΙ_ngo #greencluster

Το Κέντρο Μελετών και Έρευνας ΑΚΤΗ ξεκινά σήμερα εκστρατεία για την υποστήριξη μιας μεγάλης ομάδας συμπολιτών μας που έχει πληγεί από την καραντίνα: οι μικροί παραγωγοί της Κύπρου, βρίσκονται σε όλη την επικράτεια, παράγουν καταπληκτικά προϊόντα και αυτή τη στιγμή έχουν αποκλειστεί από τις αγορές και δεν έχουν τρόπο πρόσβασης σε πελάτες.

Η ΑΚΤΗ εδώ και 5 χρόνια έχει αναπτύξει την πλατφόρμα μικρών επιχειρήσεων της Κύπρου, Green Cluster (http://www.greenclustercy.org) που σήμερα αποτελεί το μεγαλύτερο δίκτυο μικρών επιχειρήσεων της Κύπρου με 380 μέλη. Με βάση την πατφόρμα μας, ξεκινάμε σήμερα μια προσπάθεια να φέρουμε σε επαφή τους «αποκλεισμένους» καταναλωτές με τους «αποκλεισμένους» μικρούς παραγωγούς. Έχουμε ήδη μιλήσει με πάνω από 50 παραγωγούς, που είναι σε απόγνωση και πιστεύουν σε αυτή την προσπάθεια: μέλι, χαλούμι, τυρί του Πάσχα, χαρουπόμελο, τραχανάς, ραβιόλες, λάδι και άλλα πολλά. Δεν έχουν μεν δίκτυο διανομής, αλλά αν έχουν παραγγελίες θα συνεργαστούν και μεταξύ τους και θα βρεθεί μια λύση.

Καλούμε τους συμπολίτες μας να επισκεφθούν την πλατφόρμα της ΑΚΤΗΣ, www.greenclustercy.org, και να ακολουθήσουν την ΑΚΤΗ στο fb ΑΚΤΗ / AKTI Project and Research Centre, στο Instagram https://www.instagram.com/akti_ngo/. Κάθε μέρα θα παρουσιάζουμε παραγωγούς από τα μέσα κοινωνικής δικτύωσης και την ιστοσελίδα μας. Ο κάθε πολίτης ας κάνει την προσπάθεια, να βρει τους παραγωγούς που είναι όσο το δυνατό πιο κοντά τους ή και μακρύτερα, να επικοινωνήσει, να προσπαθήσουν μαζί να βρουν λύση για το πώς θα γίνει η διανομή. Εμείς στην ΑΚΤΗ θα επικοινωνήσουμε με εταιρείες διανομής, π.χ. φαγητού, μεταφορικές εταιρείες κλπ για να μπορέσουμε όλοι μαζί να βρούμε τη λύση. Καλούμε όποιον μπορεί να βοηθήσει να επικοινωνήσει μαζί μας.
Η κοινωνική αποστασιοποίηση δεν σημαίνει να κλειστούμε στο καβούκι μας και να μιζεριάσουμε.

#ΜένουμεΣπίτι και #επιΜενουμεΜαζι: Στηρίζουμε τους μικρούς παραγωγούς της Κύπρου.

Σχετικά με την πρωτοβουλία της ΑΚΤΗς, παρακολουθήστε τις πιο κάτω συνεντεύξεις της Προέδρου του Δ.Σ. της ΑΚΤΗς, Δρ. Ξένιας Ι. Λοϊζίδου:

https://www.facebook.com/farosonair/videos/544690592714752/

https://www.facebook.com/watchparty/523422311937383/?entry_source=FEED

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HerxZxGAtPY&t=1s

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Let’s #PersistTogether: We support small Cypriot producers

#ΑΚΤΙ_ngo #greencluster

AKTI Project and Research Center is launching a campaign today to support a large group of our quarantine-affected citizens: the small-scaled Cypriot producers all over the country, are producing great products and are currently excluded from the having no way to reach their customers.

AKTI has developed during the past 5 years the Cyprus Small Business Platform, Green Cluster (http://www.greenclustercy.org), which is today the largest small business network in Cyprus with 380 members. Based on our platform, today we are starting an effort to bring ‘excluded’ consumers into contact with ‘excluded’ small producers. We have already spoken to over 50 producers who are in despair and believe in this endeavour: honey, halloumi, Easter cheese, carob syrup, tarhana, ravioli, oil and many more. They do not have a distribution network, however if they have orders they will cooperate with each other and a solution will be found.

We invite our fellow citizens to visit AKTI’s platform, www.greenclustercy.org, and follow AKTI on Facebook ΑΚΤΗ / AKTI Project and Research Centre and on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/akti_ngo/. Every day we will present producers on our social media and website. Let every citizen make the effort to find the producers that are close to them or even further away, contact them and work out a solution on how to get their products delivered. We at AKTI will contact distribution companies, e.g. food, shipping companies etc so we can all come together and find a solution. We invite anyone who can help to reach us. We can set up this network of mutual support.

These days let’s all show solidarity. Social distancing does not mean stay locked, impassive and miserable. We #StayHome and #PersistTogether: We support small Cypriot producers.

Zero Waste Future program in CY and MA: Zero Waste Beach in Cyprus and Zero Waste Cities and Zero Waste Campus programs in Malta

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. Recovery and recycling of the most common marine litter items, are important steps in halting the inflow of items into the marine environment and are also critical first steps in promoting the Circular Economy. Recovery and recycling are particularly critical in island countries, such as Cyprus and Malta.

To address the problems outlined above, the initiative proposed here aims to engage citizens, students, local authorities and businesses to take ownership of the environment they spend most time in so as to increase recycling and decrease land and marine litter, using the “producer responsibility” mentality, but through soft, awareness-raising and participatory measures.

 

Activities for Cyprus:

 

🎥 General Actions_Total Results (video_en)

🎥 General Actions_Total Results (video_gr)

 

1️⃣.  Strengthened and expanded the «Responsible Coastal Businesses Network»: to 204 members, through the implementation of an extensive awareness-raising campaign, targeting all coastal businesses on the island. In these campaigns, AKTI’s staff have been liaised with approximately 610 business owners/managers/employees, informing them about marine litter (sources and impacts) as well as about the upcoming European legislation on single-use plastics and how it affects them and assisting them in implementing practices that will minimize their plastic production and thus minimize the potential for marine plastic pollution from their operations and their customers’ activities. The involvement of local authority representatives has added particular clout to this activity.

❓ HOW and WHY to join the Responsible Coastal Businesses Network_EN_(pdf)

❓ HOW and WHY to join the Responsible Coastal Businesses Network_GR_(pdf)

The Responsible Coastal Businesses Network is visible on this Map

To provide inspiration, a Decalogue and a Guide were developed during the last year implementation of the project and distributed to the Coastal Businesses. Decalogue contained 10 basic possible good practices and the Guide contained examples of these good practices in order to inspire the applicants and encourage them to act against plastic pollution and generally for a more green performance of their businesses.

An electronic version of these, are available here:

✅ Decalogue_gr

✅ Decalogue_en

✅ Examples of Good Practices_gr

 

2️⃣.  Tracked and recorded recycling waste from the Responsible Coastal Businesses: The members of the Responsible Coastal Businesses Network ought, as a mandatory term of their network membership, to record the amount of recyclable waste (PMD, glass, general) that they dispose. 916.16 tons of recycling waste collected by the responsible coastal businesses throughout the duration of the project. This has been monitored with regular visits by AKTI’s group of experts, who also provided their suggestions on how the business can become more effective in recycling. In this way, they will be able to set goals and monitor their reduction in the long run, as a result of the implementation of plastic reducing practices.

 

3️⃣.  Beach cleanups in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup: AKTI implemented annual beach cleanups on selected beaches with the collaboration of the Responsible Coastal Businesses, local authorities, schools, and volunteers. 18 beach and 10 seabed cleanups were implemented, with the participation of 540 volunteers at beach cleanups and 75 divers in seabed cleanups, including 105 students and representatives of 18 local authorities.

AKTI is the national coordinator of the International Coastal Cleanup of the Ocean Conservancy in Cyprus. Therefore, all the cleanups implemented using the International Coastal Cleanup Protocol. The data included in the Regional Marine Litter Database and has also be submitted to the ICC. Over 20.000 litter items were collected, weighing approximately 2 tons.

📸🌊Some photos from the Beach and Seabed Cleanups, are available here: 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5

🎥🌊Some Videos from the Beach and Seabed Cleanups:

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video 6___video 7___video 8___video 9___video 10

 

4️⃣.  On-the-go recycling through bins on coastal walkways and public coastal spaces: 50 specially designed on-the-go-recycling bins, for PMD collection, have been donated to 2 Local Authorities (Geroskipou Municipality & Kissonerga Community Council) and installed over 5 km of coastal pedestrian roads. Collected 22.4 tons of recyclable waste from these bins, within a period of eight months. The aim was to encourage local authorities and communities to improve collection infrastructure and implement reduction actions for plastics used. Source identification activity was performed for this action. More specifically, AKTI’s staff separated the collected waste per source, to create an innovative database with data that can be used for directing budget to the management of the most frequent litter.

📸♻️More information and photos about “On-the-go recycling” research action, can be found here.

 

5️⃣.   Α Competition for the implementation of sustainable practices to reduce marine litter, and especially plastics, was launched and implemented. The Competition targeted members of the Responsible Coastal Businesses Network, in an attempt to promote sustainable practices incorporated by coastal businesses in their operation, and to minimize plastic waste entering the coastal and marine environment, thus mitigating/reducing the pollution they cause. Τhe terms for the participation in the Competition and the application form distributed to the Coastal Businesses along with a Decalogue and a good practices Guide, in order to inspire the applicants and encourage them to act against plastic pollution and generally for a more green performance of their businesses. 224 entries/good practices were received. The entries were evaluated by a five-member independent jury: the Chairperson of Entrepreneurship Council – Center for Entrepreneurship at University of Cyprus, Dr George I. Kassinis, the Public Affairs & Communications Manager at Lanitis Bros LTD, Mrs Kalia Patsia, the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of AKTI, Mrs Xenia I. Loizidou, the Media Relations Director at Digital Tree, Mrs Xenia Xenophontos and the Deputy Secretary General of CCCI, Mr Leonidas Paschalidis. The winners were selected by the jury followings a selection process based on 4 criteria: environmental responsibility, social responsibility, innovation and sustainability and the awards are given in two categories, depending on the type – size of the business.

✅ Terms and Conditions_GR

✅ Application Form_GR

 

6️⃣.  A highly publicised Award Ceremony, “Zero Waste Beach Awards 2019”, was implemented at the end of the project. The winners had the title of «Zero Waste Beach Champions 2019». The ceremony took place in November, 7 at Ammos Beach Restobar, in Larnaca. The ceremony was held under the Auspices of the President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr. Nicos Anastasiades and attended by over 113 people, including the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Dr. Costas Kadis, NGOs, industry representatives, media (TV, radios and newspapers/e-media) and coastal businesses, The Ceremony was extensively covered by local and national media (TVs, radios and newspapers). The aim of the competition was to highlight the sustainable practices implemented by coastal businesses to effectively reduce their plastic waste and promoted recycling initiatives, proving that every good purpose gets even better with collective action. The Ceremony had a great success with high Media coverage (20 Media covered the Ceremony), publicity and increased participation and all stakeholders gave AKTI very positive feedback!

The awards are given in two categories, depending on the type of the business (large or small businesses) .The six championships were distinguished in the categories of environmental responsibility, sustainability, innovation and social responsibility.

In the category of large businesses:

🏆 Atlantica Santa Napa Hotel received the Environmental Responsibility Award,
🏆 KANIKA HOTELS & RESORTS Group received the Sustainability Award and
🏆 Altantica Sungarden Beach Hotel received the Innovation Award.

In the category of small business:

🏆 Kolonis – Mouttalou Green Spots in Paphos received the Social Responsibility Award,
🏆 The Pafos Coastal Fisheries Association received the Innovation Award while,
🏆 The Sustainability Award was given to the restaurant PAS TO KIMA.

Special medals were also given to representatives of Local Government, Civil Society and volunteers who supported the “Zero Waste Beach” project and its actions:

🏅 the Mayor of Geroskipou, Mr. Michalis Pavlidis,
🏅 the Secretary General of Cymepa, Mr. Michalis Ierides,
🏅 the Secretary of Pervolia Community Council, Mr. Christoforos Panteli,
🏅 the president of Pervolia Community Council, Mr. Mr Costas Tiggis and
🏅 the volunteer diver, Mr. Panagiotis Psomas.

📸Some photos from the Zero Waste Beach Awards, are available here.

🎥Some Videos from the “Zero Waste Beach Awards 2019”:

Video 1___Video 2___Video 3___Video 4



7️⃣.  Extensive communication and dissemination activities took place over the duration of the project, and especially at times with important activities, e.g. the project launch, the cleanup events, the competition and the awards ceremony. Communication and dissemination activities were inclusive all means and media (print, online, social etc), had a total advertisement equivalent of 458.490 euro i.e. 10 times more than the funding and 108.000 people reached via AKTI’s social media.

 

Activities for Malta:

 

1️⃣. Waste characterization: this activity was carried out at Vittoriosa City in Malta and at the MCAST campus to identify the main types of waste disposed of and their relative percentages, depending on the type of establishment. This activity provides a solid base of waste data and indicate where efforts must be focused for more effective recycling. The waste characterization study was implemented with support from MCAST students, who undertook this field work and data evaluation research as part of their course work. Waste was sampled from at least 61 points, and each point was sampled 5 times.

🎥Some Videos from “Waste Characterization” action:

Video 1___Video 2___Video 3

📸Some photos from the Waste Characterization”, are available here.

 

2️⃣.  Build on the “Responsible Coastal Businesses Network in Malta: through extensive awareness-raising campaigns, where representatives of the Coca-Cola Company of Malta, informing business owners/managers about marine litter (sources and impacts) as well as about the upcoming European legislation on single-use plastics and how it affects them, and assisting them in implementing practices that will minimize their plastic production and thus minimize the potential for marine plastic pollution from their operations and their customers’ activities.

To provide inspiration, a Decalogue and a Guide were developed during the last year implementation of the project and distributed to the Coastal Businesses. Decalogue contained 10 basic possible good practices and the Guide contained examples of these good practices in order to inspire the applicants and encourage them to act against plastic pollution and generally for a more green performance of their businesses.

An electronic version of these, are available here:

✅ Decalogue_ma

✅ Examples of Good Practices_en

 

3️⃣. On-the-go recycling: 20 On-the-go recycling bins for PMD were installed near the coastal pedestrian walks in Vittoriiosa and on MCAST campus. The aim was to encourage local authorities and communities to improve collection infrastructure and implement reduction actions for plastics used. Source identification activity was performed for this action.

 

4️⃣. Beach cleanups in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup: annual beach cleanups on selected beaches with the collaboration of NGOs, local authorities, schools, and volunteers. All the cleanups were implemented using the International Coastal Cleanup Protocol in order to be able to identify the sources of the collected litter and to begin compiling data on beach marine litter in Malta. The data were included in the Regional Marine Litter Database and will also submitted to the ICC. 7 beach cleanups and 1 seabed cleanup were implemented, involving 488 volunteers. The litter items collected, weighed approximately 1670kg.

🎥🌊Some Videos from “Beach/Seabed Cleanups and Turtle Release”:

Video 1___Video 2

📸🌊Some photos from the Beach and Seabed Cleanups, are available here.

 

5️⃣. Educational Campaigns: Educational campaigns were organized in schools present along the Vittoriosa border and on the MCAST campus. The educational activities include presentations on the topic of marine litter, awareness-raising about the beverage container return system, involvement in beach cleanup activities etc.

📸 Some photos from the “Presentations on the topic of marine litter”, are available here.

📸 Some photos from the “Awareness Walk against marine litter” , are available here.

📸 Some photos from the “Science in the City Festival”, are available here.

 

6️⃣.  Extensive communication and dissemination activities took place over the duration of the project, and especially at times with important activities, e.g. , the cleanup events, waste characterization activities etc. 346.342 people reached through Communication and dissemination activities were inclusive all means and media (print, online, social etc).

BeMed: The Cyprus Responsible Coastal Businesses Network against Single-Use Plastics

 

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: 

Good Practice GUIDE_gr

✅ Good Practice GUIDE_en

 

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. The event will be organised on-board, in order to promote the symbolism of Litter Free Mediterranean and maximise the awareness.

 

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:

MarLitCy: Marine Litter for Synergies, Capacity-building and Peacebuilding

MarLitCy ‘Marine Litter for Synergies, Capacity-building and Peacebuilding’ building on the success of the MarLitCy (2014-2017), is a 36-month long, bi-communal project funded by the European Union, under the Civil Society in Action VI Programme.

MarLitCy aims to use the problem of marine litter as a tool for promoting dialogue and building closer relations between various unconventional target groups in Cyprus. This will be achieved through the implementation of activities that aim to raise awareness to key target groups and the general public about the issue of marine litter, and to promote the uptake of practices that aims to minimize the creation of marine litter across the island.

This project aims to enhance the role of civil society in active citizenship and decision making and to promote grassroots bi-communal collaboration, focusing on an environmental issue of European importance: marine litter. Marine litter is a powerful peace-building tool that has the potential to combat hatred and prejudices, while fostering cooperation among the two communities, providing a common win–win goal for all: keep our seas and coasts clean!

The project will contribute to the enhancement of the role of civil society in democracy, governance and peace building by using marine litter as a tool:

– To create an enabling environment to reduce marine litter

– To equip CSOs and other key stakeholders with the skills and tools to improve the marine environment

AKTI and the other project partners, Famagusta Walled City Association (MASDER), Enalia Physis Environmental Research Centre and Scuba Divers Association will focus their actions on the following target groups:

University students, children and youth are particularly important, since environmental awareness and consciousness are formed from an early age. The project will therefore encourage children and youth to become involved in voluntary activities, such as beach cleanups, promote active citizenship through the involvement of university students in the decision- making workshop, and support children and youth to express their views and opinions, share them with their peers and take action in identifying solutions through the joint competitions. The project places significant emphasis in creating opportunities for collaboration of children and youth across the divide, in a safe environment that will allow them to build group dynamics and work as a team, through the up- cycled competition, the field activities for university students and the joint final exhibition and event.

Coastal enterprises, the fishing industry and divers are directly exposed to the problem of marine litter. Marine litter can pose a threat to their business through the loss of tourism, loss of fish stocks, or risk to their customers. Project activities that involve the implementation of best practices, such as the “Responsible Coastal Businesses” campaign, the “Fishing for Litter” initiative and “Dive Against Debris”, have been developed with these target groups in mind. Not only will the involvement of coastal enterprises, fishermen and divers in these activities educate them, but it will also build capacity as they will learn new management tools and techniques and they will engage with their local community, other enterprises and university students, enhancing or even creating links between public-private sectors, youth and entrepreneurs.

Coastal local bodies will therefore have an important role to play in the implementation of these best practices and will thus become both project target groups and beneficiaries. The enhancement of collaboration between local bodies and coastal/marine entrepreneurs will lead to the mutual understanding of the issues faced and how to address them. Additionally, participation of local bodies in a workshop that will bring together key decision-makers and stakeholders to discuss the current problems and provide suggestions on the reform of relevant ‘legal text’ in the northern part of the island, to bring it in line with European Directives, will benefit local bodies both in terms of greater understanding and collaboration and in terms of cleaner and safer beaches/sea.

The activities of the project have been designed to meet the needs, capacity and expertise of each target group, and particularly the unconventional target groups such as coastal local bodies, coastal businesses and the fishing industry. Societal needs are coupled with environmental concerns, environmental education and entrepreneurial development, through an integrated set of activities that promote the benefits resulting from cooperation and synergies, while providing solutions and structures to support peace-building and reconciliation.

The proposed activities include:

1. The Responsible Coastal Businesses Campaign and associated Award scheme

2. The expansion of the Fishing for Litter initiative to more ports/harbors in Cyprus

3. A decision-making workshop in the northern part of Cyprus that will bring together local/central decision-makers and key stakeholders

4. Capacity building and educational activities targeting children, youth and university students, an extensive and innovative island-wide awareness campaign

5. Joint competitions and exhibitions on marine litter

The autonomous but inter-connected activities have been designed to engage these target groups in a way that develops synergies and networks.

Στις 21 Σεπτεμβρίου #potavristou μαζί μας…

 

Στις 21 Σεπτεμβρίου, Παγκόσμια Ημέρα Εθελοντικού Καθαρισμού των Ακτών, μια αυθόρμητη πρωτοβουλία πολιτών, σε συνεργασία με το Κέντρο Μελετών και Έρευνας ΑΚΤΗ, οργανώνει μια πρωτότυπη εκστρατεία για όλους: #potavristou όπου και να είσαι, να καθαρίσουμε τις θάλασσες και τις ακτές μας!

Σε όποια παραλία ή σκάφος κι αν βρεθείς τη συγκεκριμένη μέρα, ανάλαβε δράση (ατομικά ή οργανωμένα). Άπλωσε το χέρι ή κατά το κυπριακόν #potavristou  και μάζεψε οποιαδήποτε σκουπίδια δεις γύρω σου, όπως πλαστικά και γυάλινα ποτήρια ή μπουκάλια, σακούλες, συσκευασίες τροφίμων, αναψυκτικών, αποτσίγαρα, δίχτυα κ.λ.π.  Πίσω από κάθε σκουπίδι κρύβεται η αδιαφορία κάποιου ανθρώπου και ήδη τόνοι απορριμμάτων περιμένουν τις πρώτες νεροποντές για να ξεκινήσουν τον φαύλο κύκλο τους, να φτάσουν στη θάλασσα και να επιστρέψουν στη ζωή μας «εκδικητικά», ως μικροπλαστικά!

Όλοι μας μπορούμε να κάνουμε κάτι ούτως ώστε η ποιότητα ζωής μας να είναι καλύτερη και ο τόπος μας πιο καθαρός!

 

#potavristou ..παντού!

 

Οδηγίες Ποταβρίσματος:

 

1.Μπορείς να συμμετέχεις ατομικά, με την παρέα σου ή με κάποιο οργανωμένο σύνολο.

2.Όπου και να βρίσκεσαι, είτε αραχτά στην παραλία, είτε σε σκάφος, άπλωσε το χέρι σου και … #potavristou! Μάζεψε ό,τι σκουπίδι βλέπεις γύρω σου. Αν είσαι σε σκάφος, μάζεψε ό,τι σκουπίδι επιπλέει. Αν θέλεις, βέβαια, μπορείς να επεκταθείς και να κάνεις ένα πιο εκτενή καθαρισμό ακτής!

3.Χώρισε σε ομάδες και μέτρησε πόσα σκουπίδια μάζεψες: π.χ. τόσα πλαστικά ποτηράκια, τόσες μπουκάλες, τόσες γόπες τσιγάρων, τόσες σακούλες.

4.Βγάλε τα φωτογραφία.

5.Ανέβασε τη φωτογραφία στο Twitter /Instagram, με #potavristou, #teamocean και #akti, μαζί με τις πληροφορίες για τα σκουπίδια που μάζεψες, που είσαι (τοποθεσία) και πόσα άτομα συμμετείχατε στο συγκεκριμένο καθαρισμό.  Σε περίπτωση που ο  λογαριασμός σου στο Instagram είναι ιδιωτικός (private), οπότε δεν θα μπορούμε και να εντοπίσουμε τα # hashtag σου, τότε  ανέβασέ τα στο facebook, στην προσωπική σου σελίδα με tag ΑΚΤΗ / AKTI Project and Research Centre ή στη σελίδα της ΑΚΤΗΣ κατευθείαν! Η ενέργεια αυτή είναι σημαντική για το Κέντρο Μελετών και Έρευνας ΑΚΤΗ, αφού έτσι θα γίνει εφικτό να καταγραφούν δεδομένα πεδίου και με αυτό τον τρόπο θα υπάρχουν συγκριτικά στοιχεία με αντίστοιχες προσπάθειες που έγιναν στο παρελθόν και θα ακολουθήσουν στο μέλλον.  Αυτό είναι πολύ σημαντικό για την έρευνα!

6.Τι θα κάνεις τα σκουπίδια που μαζέψες;

  • Αν βρίσκεσαι σε ερημική παραλία, πάρε τα μαζί σου!
  • Αν βρίσκεσαι σε παραλία λουομένων, βάλε τα στους κάδους ανακύκλωσης (κάδοι για PMD υπάρχουν αρκετοί).
  • Αν βρίσκεσαι σε σκάφος, βγάλε τα στο πλησιέστερο λιμανάκι, στους αντίστοιχους κάδους.

 

Το ποτάβρισμα οφελεί γενικά την υγεία …
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potavristou …μπορείς!

«ZERO WASTE BEACH»: Tackling marine pollution with the support of The Coca-Cola Foundation

AKTI Project and Research Centre implemented the project «ZERO WASTE BEACH», which was supported by Coca-Cola Foundation in an attempt to tackle marine litter.

”The Hub” Cypriot Women’s Leadership Network

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 trainings, events and meetings aimed to allow women leaders to exchange views and opinions and identify opportunities for collaboration and mutual support.

The Green Cluster

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.

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 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.

 

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MarLitCy: Marine Litter – Together for Clean Coasts!

MarLitCy is a 28 month long project, funded by EuropeAid Programme.

INTERACT: Inclusion Through Environmental Activities

The EU funded project ‘INTERACT’, focuses on social inclusion through environmental activities.

TIGANOKINISI: turning domestic used cooking oil into biofuel

Turning a harmful waste, such as cooking oil, into biodiesel while promoting development and civic action

ARGONAFTIS Working Experience Programme

ARGONAFTIS is a 5 month in service training for young scientists in the field of environment!

‘Shop 06: Public Engagement Centre for Environmental Issues’

An urban intervention to encourage the public to learn about, and to actively participate, in Tiganokinisi.

Coast Alert

The EU funded project Coast Alert: Acting Regionally in a European Context.

The World Climate Changes and We Care

Raise awareness among the youth of Cyprus to work for the protection of the global climate, ‘Youth in Action’ Prog.

Awareness raising measures for water saving

An island-wide initiative as a confidence-building measure under the auspices of the Environment Technical Committee.

Shape Project

Share and shape common European values on consumption lifestyles with a view to contribute to sustainable environmental development.

Litusgo

Training Mediterranean Local Authorities And Civil Organizations On Integrated Coastal Zone Management And Reaction To The Impacts Of Climate Changes

Youth in Action for Sustainable Living

Stimulate awareness among the youth of Cyprus on the importance of coastal environment, ‘Youth in Action’ Programme

Rare endemic plants within the Cyprus buffer zone

Cooperation for the conservation of rare endemic plants of Cyprus within the buffer zone

Perceptions On Sustainable Development And Climate Change In Cyprus

Survey conducted on the perceptions on sustainable development and climate change in Cyprus

Environmentally-Friendly Practices in Schools

Increase awareness on environmental issues and trigger environmental-friendly behavior.

Recycling on Cycles

Cooperation on solid waste management, including recycling through a mobile information centre

Network for a sustainable future

Promote effective partnership among CSOs in Cyprus and the Mediterranean, EU and other countries, on environmental issues, sustainable development and stakeholder participation processes.

Ecomobility

Increase young people’s awareness and society in general on the environmental impact of transportation.

Building a sustainable and dynamic future

Develop AKTI’s human capacity and organisational structure to make the organization more a more effective CSO.

Water saving education program

Water saving: An integrated environmental education program for schools in South-East Europe

Stay Healthy, Stop Mercury

“Stay Healthy, Stop Mercury” campaign which is aiming at raising awareness of a potential “child brain drain” as a result of environmental mercury pollution

2005 ENVIRONMENT DAY

World Environment Day Green Cities – Plan for the Planet!

COASTS WITHOUT FRONTIERS

A summer camp for the youth of Cyprus to learn, discuss and act upon a sustainable future for their island.

Natural Solutions for Agriculture in Cyprus

A bi-communal workshop on mycorrhizal technology in Cyprus

Education for Peace

Screening of school textbooks to identify historical myths that may encourage conflict across the communities in Cyprus while initiating dialogue among educators.

Promoting Organic Agriculture in Cyprus

Providing information to farmers and supporting the efforts for the promotion of organic agriculture in Cyprus

Inventory of Biodegradable Waste

Creating an inventory of the major sources of biodegradable waste in urban and rural areas of Cyprus

Promote Organic Agriculture among Cypriot Farmers

Promoting awareness-raising on organic agriculture among farmers across communities in Cyprus.

ENVIS PLUS

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.

CYPRUS e-COASTS

Creating the website for the most natural coasts in Cyprus

Young Green Consumer

The Young Green- Consumer, the Citizen of Tomorrow

Green Cyclists and Excursionists

Raising awareness of cyclists and excursionists regarding the conservation and protection of the environment.

ENVIS

Water experts from both sides of the island cooperating through the use of a shared water database system called ENVIS (Environmental Information System).