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Successful Completion of the Fourth #SEALIVE Knowledge Transfer Event in Bulgaria!

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Successful Completion of the Fourth #SEALIVE Knowledge Transfer Event in Bulgaria!

The event, titled “Biobased Plastics for Marine and Terrestrial Applications: Exhibition, Knowledge Transfer & Workshop” within the “SEALIVE” project, marked a successful conclusion on November 3, 2023, at the Graffit Gallery Hotel in Varna.

The event brought together 55 participants from diverse sectors, including local and regional government, fisheries, aquaculture, plastic producers, and consultants, all with the valuable support of the local Black Sea NGO Network.

Organized by AKTI Project and Research Centre and Isotech Ltd from Cyprus, this event had a significant purpose – introducing the SEALIVE project and its eight remarkable biobased products to key stakeholders. It went beyond product showcasing; the event aimed to facilitate knowledge exchange and create opportunities for collaboration among the participants and with the organisers.

One of the event’s highlights was the participatory workshop, which served as a platform for spreading awareness about plastic pollution, climate change, and the possibilities offered by bioplastic alternatives. It actively engaged participants, encouraged them to share their perceptions and experiences, and documented suggested solutions from their perspective. The event concluded with an exhibition where participants had the opportunity to explore the SEALIVE products, ask questions, and network, all while enjoying a selection of finger foods and drinks.

Bulgaria is the fourth of the five countries hosting these events, with the last one scheduled to be held in Malta.

More information:
The SEALIVE (Strategies of circular economy and advanced biobased solutions to keep our lands and seas alive from plastics contamination) project is a Research and Innovation Project funded by the European Union through Horizon 2020 (under grant agreement No 862910). The project involves 28 partners from 13 different countries. More information about the project is available at www.sealive.eu.
This output reflects only the author’s views and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

Learn more at www.sealive.eu

Tiganokini at WIP Festival: That’s a Wrap!

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Tiganokini at WIP Festival: That’s a Wrap!

WIP Festival 2023 ended on a high note, and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome! Our Tiganokinisi Caravan was a hub of activity, and it was heartwarming to see so many diverse groups come together to support sustainability.

People from all walks of life, including local public and private schools like Faneromeni Kindergarten, Aigaia School of Art & Design, as well as students from Frederick University, joined in the fun. Tourists from around the world exploring the charming old town also stopped by to engage with our experiments and demonstrations.

Our amazing members from AKTI and enthusiastic volunteers were on hand to teach people about used cooking oil recycling and sustainable living through interactive, scientific displays. And the best part? Many got involved by contributing their used cooking oil to our Tiganokinisi barrel right on site.

Thanks to all who made this an unforgettable experience, and we can’t wait to continue our journey toward a more eco-friendly future!

7th SEALIVE General Assembly in Deventer

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7th SEALIVE General Assembly in Deventer

In the picturesque city of Deventer, Netherlands, the 7th SEALIVE General Assembly unfolded over two enlightening days from October 25th to 26th. This significant event, supported by our dedicated partners at BIOPACK,  marks a crucial milestone as we approach the final six months of this important project.

The first day of the assembly was a day of constructive discussions, focusing on SEALIVE’s eight project demonstrators and the commendable progress made during the field trials of SEALIVE’s innovative biobased solutions. The day ended  with a working dinner, where partners reconnected in person, fostering the exchange of valuable insights and constructive dialogues regarding the project’s ongoing journey.

On the second day, partners had the privilege of visiting the BIO4PACK facilities in the Deventer region. They witnessed the thermoforming trials for rigid food trays, a cutting-edge development championed by SEALIVE. These trays are meticulously crafted using materials engineered by partners within SEALIVE. Following a presentation on the company’s rich history, partners were kindly guided through the facilities, allowing them to gain a firsthand look at the production of pioneering biobased products.

As we approach the culmination of the project in March 2024, SEALIVE finds itself amidst a bustling phase, with partners diligently working to finalize solutions and innovations.

For more information about the SEALIVE project, click here: https://sealive.eu/

Featured on Anemos Ananeosis: Explore our latest article about #Potavristou & Citizen Science!

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Featured on Anemos Ananeosis: Explore our latest article about #Potavristou & Citizen Science!

We’ re excited to announce that our article ” #Potavristou: An innovative Social Media Campaign from Cyprus bringing science closer to citizens” is now featured on Wind of Renewal.

Our article highlights the power of Citizen Science, where citizens actively participate in advancing scientific research. The #Potavristou campaign has been a remarkable example of this approach, with individuals from around the world joining forces to combat marine litter.

Read the full article on Wind of Renewal here! 

#Potavristou… you can! For seas without litter.

AdvocaCY’s second co-creation café

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AdvocaCY’s second co-creation café

On October 31st, at the picturesque Gardens of the Future, AdvocaCY hosted its second Co-Creation Café. This gathering brought together Civil Society Organizations and informal groups in a dedicated quest for inspiration, innovation, and exchange of ideas.

The event’s central theme revolved around knowledge sharing, emphasizing best practices for capacity building on sustainability and addressing climate change-related issues. A key objective was to explore collaborative opportunities between smaller and larger CSOs, all working towards a sustainable future.

As participants engaged in lively discussions, shared insights, and collaborated on various activities, the positive impact of this initiative became evident.

The second Co-Creation Café concluded this inspiring series. The valuable connections and innovative ideas that came out of these gatherings will continue to influence the realm of activism and change-making.

AKTI’s “Green Enough” Event: A Day To Remember!

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AKTI’s “Green Enough” Event: A Day To Remember!

Green Enough: A pioneering initiative for the social inclusion of individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities

Click here to read the Press Release in Greek:

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In a first of its kind event on October 31st, AKTI Project and Research Centre, set the stage for promoting the inclusion of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities (IDDs) through environmental actions, as part of the “Green Enough” European Project.

Held at the Gardens of the Future in Nicosia, the event gathered local and international organisations, professionals specializing in working with individuals with IDDs, NGOs, and informal groups dedicated to special education, social inclusion, and environmental issues.

The event featured the presentation of research results conducted in May 2023. The study involved more than 60 key stakeholders from Greece, Poland, Portugal, and Lithuania, who work closely with individuals with IDDs. The research unveiled a prevailing consensus among respondents, indicating an urgent requirement for tailored educational resources aimed at enhancing environmental awareness among individuals with IDDs. Encouraging the adoption of eco-friendly habits in their daily lives can serve as a powerful tool for their inclusion in environmental discourse and actions, as well as in overall political participation.

Based on the research findings, AKTI, in collaboration with its program partner, PLOES, is currently in the process of developing educational materials for professionals working with individuals with IDDs and their families. This educational program aims to equip them will the essential skills and knowledge to educate individuals with IDDs about eco-friendly habits they can integrate into their daily routines, while also providing vital support tools for their inclusion and representation.

During the event, AKTI presented the key themes of its educational materials and shared best practices in environmental education. Dr. Xenia I. Loizidou led an engaging participatory workshop, “Decision Support: Environmental Education for Promoting the Social Inclusion of Individuals with IDDs.” The event wrapped up with a networking activity and a lunch. Throughout these activities, AKTI showcased interactive scientific practices related to sustainability.

About the Green Enough project

‘Green Enough: Educational program to raise ecological behaviour through an inclusive methodology using Augmented Reality Technology’ project, is co-funded by the European Union under the Erasmus+ Programme KA220-ADU – Cooperation partnerships in adult education. It aims to create educational materials for professionals working with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities (IDDs) and their families. These materials will equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to educate individuals with IDD about environmentally friendly practices they can incorporate into their daily lives. The educational materials will encompass widely accepted practices (e.g., seminars) in combination with an innovative Augmented Reality application. The program is being carried out through the strategic collaboration of seven European partners from five different countries: Cyprus, Greece, Poland, Portugal, and Belgium.

For more information, please visit the program’s website (www.greenenough.eu) and AKTI’s website.

Press Release: Impressive results for the fifth consecutive year of the #Potavristou campaign

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Press Release: Impressive results for the fifth consecutive year of the #Potavristou campaign
30 tons of trash, 2,800 volunteers,15 countries!
In September 2023, AKTI Project and Research Center invited people from all around the world to clean our seas and shores. The response was overwhelming, as the global community wholeheartedly embraced the #potavristou initiative. A total of 2,832 volunteers from 294 locations across 15 countries came together to collect 30 tons of trash during September 2023, marking the fifth year of the #potavristou campaign.

From locations as diverse as Malta to Australia and California to the Black Sea, #potavristou volunteers cleaned beaches, mountains, parks, and lakes, while providing valuable field data that revealed an alarming fact: 85% of the collected litter was identified as plastic!

Over the five-year journey of the campaign, more than 10,000 dedicated volunteers have participated, gathering 77 tons of trash from 1,050 locations in Cyprus and 250 locations abroad. These 77 tons of trash, if left unaddressed, would have found their way back to the sea and returned to our lives as microplastics with the arrival of the first rain.

Since 2019, the #potavristou campaign has transcended national boundaries, gaining global recognition for its tremendous impact. In 2020, it was honored by the International Ocean Conservancy as one of the world’s top 10 most innovative initiatives for cleaner coastlines and seas. In 2021, it received recognition from the Mediterranean NGO network, MIO-ESCADE. In 2022, the #potavristou campaign once again secured the support of the international organization Ocean Conservancy as part of the #TeamSeas initiative, and it proudly received a silver award at the Carob Awards in 2022.

We extend our gratitude to everyone who supported #potavristou2023 with such passion and dedication this year!

Read the Press Release in Greek:

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AKTI and Emba Community: Reuniting for the Park They Created Together!

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AKTI and Emba Community: Reuniting for the Park They Created Together!

Today, the village of Emba took center stage in a significant event. The local community, AKTI Project and Research Centre, Emba Primary School, Community Council, and the Paphos Coastal Fishermen’s Association joined forces for the cleaning and rejuvenation of the park they collectively created.

Two years ago, these entities combined their efforts with the aim of providing Emba village with a new contact point for relaxation, leisure and contact with the nature. Subsequently, they ‘adopted’ the park, committing to its maintenance. Two years ago, the park hosted the Paphos Farmer Women’s award ceremony, and since then, it has become a distinctive gathering place for local events.

Today, AKTI, 52 students, and the Emba community once again came together to breathe new life into the park through a coordinated cleaning and planting initiative, which led to the collection of 50 kilos of garbage. AKTI commended the students for their awareness and invaluable contribution to this endeavor, offering them locally sourced products from the region.

The event was covered by RIK’s “Proti Enimerosi” program, which was present to broadcast this significant initiative (Click here to watch the video). This not only serves as a message of hope but also emphasizes that the protection and preservation of the environment should be considered a collective responsibility for building a sustainable future!

Read more about our initiative.

This event took place within the framework of the AdvocaCY project which benefits from a grant under the Active Citizens Fund Cyprus programme, funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein ,and Norway, through the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021.

Press Release: AKTI and Norsensus Join Forces in Norway

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Press Release: AKTI and Norsensus Join Forces in Norway

Unlocking Digital Potential to Enhance Citizen Participation

AKTI Project and Research Centre is thrilled to announce a dynamic collaboration with Norsensus Mediaforum, a Norwegian non-profit media organisation dedicated to promoting effective communication and public engagement, within the framework of the project ‘’Communication tools for effective public engagement and advocacy’’.

The two organisations have partnered again through the project ‘’AdvocaCY: Participate, learn, decide, challenge: stronger Cypriot civil society for sustainability, advocacy, and change!’’ which benefits from the Active Citizens Fund Cyprus programme. In this collaboration, AKTI conducted a comprehensive survey within the Civil Society of Cyprus, identifying critical needs for organisations and informal groups. Capacity building for maximizing public outreach, increasing digital communication proficiency, and introducing best practices for building synergies and networks are the top three gaps and needs identified by the 65 CSOs that participated in the survey.

Building on their excellent collaboration during the AdvocaCY project, and aiming to fill the identified gaps, the two organisations are joining forces once again. This new partnership empowers both AKTI and Norsensus by mutually sharing their know-how. AKTI’s team will travel to Oslo for hands-on training provided by Norsensus Mediaforum, focusing on practical tools. AKTI will provide expertise in sustainability, while Norsensus Mediaforum will offer training on effective digital communication and campaigning tools.

The ultimate goal is to not only strengthen the partnership between AKTI and Norsensus Mediaforum but also create a spill-over effect by sharing the acquired tools and knowledge with other CSOs across the island. The result will be a powerful knowledge transfer tool that empowers CSOs to enhance their
digital communication capacity and effectively engage with the public, thus addressing one of the three major gaps identified during the CSOs survey.

This initiative represents a significant step towards promoting citizen participation and engagement in Cyprus.

Active Citizens Fund
The Active Citizens Fund (ACF) in Cyprus is supported through a €1.5m grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway under the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021, aiming to contribute to reducing economic and social disparities and strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation between the beneficiary states and the donor states. ACF Cyprus recognizes the fundamental role the civil society sector plays in ensuring democratic governance, human rights and social cohesion and focuses on the following two main objectives: strengthening civil society and active citizenship and empowering vulnerable groups in Cyprus.
The Fund Operator for the Active Citizens Fund in Cyprus is NGO Support Centre in consortium withGrantXpert Consulting. For more information, visit www.activecitizensfund.cy

Click here for the Greek version of the press release: 

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Zero Waste HoReCa Champions Cyprus 2023

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Zero Waste HoReCa Champions Cyprus 2023

Με χαρά σας ανακοινώνουμε τον  Διαγωνισμό  ”Zero Waste HoReCa Champions Cyprus 2023”!

Ο διαγωνισμός διοργανώνεται στο πλαίσιο του προγράμματος “Zero Waste HoReCa”, με την υποστήριξη του Ιδρύματος της Coca-Cola (The Coca-Cola Foundation).

Είκοσι χρηματοδοτήσεις ύψους 500 Ευρώ η κάθεμια θα διατεθούν στους 20 νικητές των Zero Waste HoReCa Champions Cyprus 2023!

Ο διαγωνισμός απευθύνεται σε όλες τις επιχειρήσεις και τα μέλη του Δικτύου Zero Waste HoReCa στην Κύπρο, με στόχο την προώθηση της πράσινης μετάβασης στις επιχειρήσεις HoReCa.

Τα HoReCa μέλη του Δικτύου προτρέπονται να υποβάλουν προτάσεις προς εφαρμογή για τη βελτίωση των επιδόσεων τους στην βιωσιμότητα. Οι προτάσεις θα πρέπει να καταδεικνύουν συγκεκριμένες πρακτικές για την εξοικονόμηση ενέργειας και νερού, την ελαχιστοποίηση των αποβλήτων και τη δημιουργία πιο πράσινων διαδικασίων ανάθεσης συμβάσεων.

Ο διαγωνισμός ισχύει από τις 19 Οκτωβρίου μέχρι τις 15 Νοεμβρίου 2023. 

Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες σχετικά με Όρους και Προϋποθέσεις, κάνετε κλικ εδώ. 

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Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες σχετικά με πρόγραμμα: https://www.akti.org.cy/portfolio/net-zero-in-cyprus-and-malta/ 

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