This July, AKTI Project and Research Centre organised 10 beach cleanups with 10 local authorities within the framework of the MarLitCy project. The campaign included two actions:
The Chiringuitos Responsables campaign was a great success - 48 chiringuitos were informed about environmentally friendly practices, of which 29 joined the 'Responsible Beach Bars' network.
In this year's campaign, 230 individuals were directly involved, whereas indirectly the campaign reached out to 1940 people.
We would like to express our sincere thanks to all the volunteers and all the municipalities for their collaboration and enthusiasm!! Together we can keep our coasts clean!
This year, beach cleanups and the Chiringuitos (Responsible Snack Bar) campaign have been introduced as mandatory activities for all Blue Flag Beaches in Cyprus. So, AKTI staff and volunteers have set out on a three week campaign to clean our beaches and introduce the Chiringuitos Decalogue to all beach snack bars. The first two weeks are now completed and we are thrilled to share some photographs and news about it!
Paphos - 06 July 2016
With bags full of positive energy, AKTI with a team of volunteers visited Paphos!
The beach clean-up took place at Sodap Beach Paphos followed by visiting the Chiringuitos!
The Deck Paphos, Ta Mpania Restaurant Cafe Lounge bar, Alea Cafe-Lounge Bar, Faros Beach Bar!!!
Agia Napa (Famagusta) - 08 July 2016
With the help of volunteers from Rotaract Club Aspelia, Nicosia, Makronissos Beach was cleaned and the nearby Chiringuitos visited!
Agios Tychonas (Limassol) - 11 July 2016
A great beach clean-up day with Ayios Tychonas Community Council, and great visits to our Chiringuitos, Puesta Oyster bar and grill, La Isla, PlusSea Lifestyle Bar, Blueberry Cafe and Dream Cafe Restaurant & Beach-Bar
Governor's Beach, Pentakomo (Limassol) - 13 July 2016
A big thank you to Pentakomo Community Council for the amazing hospitality and a warm welcome to our new chiringuitos!!
The Deck Beach Bar THALASSA Restaurant and Conference Governors Beach(Andreas & Melanie) Faros restaurant - by Angelos Governor' s Beach Adamos Fish Tavern Gavernos Beach
Pyrgos (Limassol) - 14 July 2016
An unforgettable morning on Panagies beach!!
Episkopi (Limassol) - 15 July 2016
Another great morning, at Kourion Beach in Episkopi! Lovely people and proud new chiringuitos!!! Chris Blue Beach, Curium Beach, Sunshine-Restaurants and Kourion Beach Restaurant
2015 was the first year that data from marine litter cleanups in Cyprus were included in the Ocean Conservancy's annual report on 'International Coastal Cleanups'. Most of the submitted data came from cleanups organised within the MarLitCy project and reported on the Marine Litter Database. These news were reported in a full page article published by Haravgi newspaper on 19 June 2016.
Using marine litter as a peace-building tool to enhance cooperation and dialogue in Cyprus