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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.

”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 cooking oil into fuel

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).