One of our MarLitCy team members gave online presentations to schools over these last couple of days. Information on marine litter such as its sources, impacts, and solutions, was presented to the students of American Academy Larnaca on the 19th of April 2021 and to the Pascal English School Nicosia on the 20th of April 2021. We are glad to still be able to convey information to students through the means available to us, despite the COVID-19 restrictions. A big thank you to both schools for hosting us and to the students for their attention and participation! We hope to do more presentations soon and hopefully visit these schools in person!
On Saturday 17th of April 2021 the MarLitCy partners held workshops for fishermen as part of the fishing for litter initiative. The team gave a presentation to the fishermen and provided them with free gifts and lunch. Overall it was a very successful day and we'd like to thank everyone for participating and making these workshops a successful event!
We are excited to announce the winning logo of the 𝑹𝒆𝒔𝒑𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒊𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝑪𝒐𝒂𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒍 𝑩𝒖𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝑵𝒆𝒕𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌 to be nominated to all the coastal businesses around Cyprus that voluntarily adhere to the decalogue of good practice reduce marine plastic pollution.
The winning designer is Kasia, a graphic designer from Poland, currently participating in an ESC project in Birdlife Malta. At her current work, she managed to connect her two biggest passions nature and graphic design! She quotes:
" 𝐼 𝑏𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑣𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑑𝑜 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑔𝑜𝑜𝑑 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑒𝑡, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑟𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑤𝑎𝑦 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑜𝑤𝑛 𝑠𝑘𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑏𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑒𝑠, 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡’𝑠 𝑤ℎ𝑦 𝐼’𝑚 𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑒𝑥𝑐𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑚𝑦 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑗𝑒𝑐𝑡 𝑤𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑒𝑡𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛! "
Follow her work here: https://www.behance.net/katarzynapacon
On the 29th of July 2020, the MarLitCy partnership in collaboration with the the Exeter University team at Near East University have successfully implemented the webinar 'Marine Litter in Cyprus 'Revealed''.
Participants from different organisations attended the webinar and discussed with us the issues of marine litter in Cyprus.
The video of the webinar in now available to watch!
What types of marine litter are on our beaches and seabed? How much is there? Which are the most prevalent and pervasive marine litter items? Which are the main sources?
These are all questions that need to be answered if we want to understand the level and type of marine litter pollution on our island and identify solutions to tackle the issue.
With this reasoning, the bi-communal project ‘MarLitCy’ (www.marlitcy.eu) and the Exeter University team at Near East University have been implementing beach and seabed clean-ups around Cyprus for the past 5 years, categorising litter and recording scientific data.
During the webinar, the data collected from both initiatives will be presented and the topic of marine litter as it relates specifically to our island will be discussed. The webinar aims to raise awareness on marine litter in Cyprus and identify synergies/collaboration opportunities.
Registration deadline: 28/07/2020
Location: Online Webinar – Link to the webinar will be provided after registration
Time: 11:00 – 12:00 a.m. (EEST)
11:00 - Welcome and introduction to the Marine Litter for Synergies, Capacity-building and Peacebuilding MarLitCy project – Serdar Atai, Famagusta Walled City Association (MASDER)
11:10 - Presentation: MarLitCy Beach and Seabed Clean-up Activities and Database – Demetra Orthodoxou, AKTI Project and Research Centre
11:30 - Presentation: Findings from the Beach Clean-ups around Cyprus – Professor Özge Özden Fuller, Near East University
11:50 - Discussion
12:00 - End of session
The MarLitCy project calls for imaginative and passionate Graphic Designers to design a novel, catchy logo for our bi-communal “Responsible Coastal Business Network”.
Submit your logos and win a 200 euro cash prize!
Deadline for submissions: 03 July 2020
Read more about the competition’s Terms of Reference below:
The MarLitCy Team implemented a successful participatory workshop with 30 representatives from bodies responsible for the environment and waste management as well as CSOs on the 20th of February 2020.
Watch the video from that day!
On Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 109 students and professors at the University of Cyprus had the opportunity to hear about the environment, marine litter and career opportunities within the blue sector.
The talk was given by Dr. Xenia Loizidou, in her capacity as Chair of the Board of Directors of AKTI Project and Research Centre, and as the Mediterranean Ambassador for Coasts 2019,
On the 21st of September, was International Coastal Cleanup day, which is the largest global beach and seabed cleanup event every year. And of course, the MarLitCy project joined the efforts, not with 1, not with 2 but with 4 cleanups. Our partners together with our supporters and our volunteers undertook two seabed cleanups where the Dive against Debris initiative took place in Cavo Greko, and two beach cleanups at Cavo Maris and Green Bay in Protaras. Over 200kg of litter was removed from our marine environment!!
At the same time, we held our 'meet the sea' event where we provided free diving lessons to children and youth, so they get to explore and love our island's marine environment!
Using marine litter as a peace-building tool to enhance cooperation and dialogue in Cyprus