Today, 8 May 2019, 22 students from the University of Manchester visited MASDER where they were informed about the problem of marine litter and what our project is doing to address it in Cyprus. It was such a pleasure to host you!
Between the 13th and the 22nd of April, 5 pilot school teams from the Famagusta region worked with MASDER to learn about marine litter and become inspired so as to develop short animation videos on the subject. On Day 1 students participated in a beach cleanup between Bedi's Beach Bar and Venus Beach Hotel. Each group collected litter that they later used for the creation of videos to be transformed into animation videos. Day 2 was all about idea generation and scenario development, whereas Days 3 and 4 involved the actual animation video development.
Special thanks goes out to EMU staff for guiding the students through the whole process.
The videos will 'premiere' at the MarLitCy launch event that will take place on Saturday, 25 May 2019, at 4.30pm at MASDER, Famagusta.
The curiosity and creativity of our teenagers boosts our hope for a better future.
On the 21st April, MarLitCy together with 50 people from Oceanic Catering, a company that provides catering services for the marine sector, visited the Dasoudi beach, Limassol for a marine litter assessment. We collected, separated and recorded around 6kg of litter from an apparently 'clean' beach.
If each one of us makes a little effort we will achieve a great big result! 🌊🌍
On Saturday, 6 April 2019, we were invited to participate at the environment day organised by the kindergarten Πουπού η Αλεπού. Children played 'let's fish marine litter' and learned about the impact of debris and specifically plastic in our seas. They also got to see how we can use innovative means to reuse plastic through our 3D printer. Thanks so much for inviting us. It was great fun!!
We are very happy to invite you to the MarLitCy Closing Event that will take place on Wednesday, 29 March, at 5:30pm at the Home for Cooperation in Nicosia. The event will include the Award Ceremony for the winning entries to the MarLitCy Creative Writing, Upcycled Art and Photography competitions, as well as an exhibition of the best competition entries. We hope to see you all there!
Project MarLitCy “Marine Litter: Together for Clean Coasts!” has been selected for inclusion in the U.S. State Department’s ‘1000 Ocean Actions’ initiative. The initiative aims to feature the greatest local achievements from NGOs, schools, local governments and individuals in a compelling visual guide that will drive the next wave of significant actions. You can browse the map of initiatives here http://1000oceanactions.org/
After considerable demand, the MarLitCy team has decided to extend the submission deadline for all three competitions to the 15 January 2017! All other Rules and Conditions remain the same.
Visit our competitions page for more information on how to enter our:
- Creative Writing Competition
- Upcycled Art Competition
- Photography Competition
We are very happy to announce that our own Xenia Loizidou and Serdar Atai have won the 2016 Stelios Bi-communal Award for their collaboration on the marine environment and for promoting marine litter as a peacebuilding tool. Xenia and Serdar work together for peace, for the future of our children and for a better Cyprus!
This year, the number of contender bi-communal teams for the awards reached 215, of which 50 teams were selected to receive the award. The awards ceremony will take place tomorrow morning at 09.30 am at Chateau Status, in the presence of the president of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Nicos Anastasiades.
Congratulations Xenia and Serdar and keep up the good work!
In August 2016, AKTI Project and Research Centre, within the framework of the MarLitCy project organised a fun and educational morning for children at IKEA. Children learned about marine litter through a series of games including 'fishing for litter' from an inflatable pool, a 'recycling race', 'guess the degradation time', and more. The video below is a compilation of the event's highlights.
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!
Using marine litter as a peace-building tool to enhance cooperation and dialogue in Cyprus