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!
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.
The first joint MarLitCy - Blue Flag Beach cleanup took place today at 'Gold Fish' beach in Oroklini. Students and teachers from Pascal English School in Larnaca and members of Oroklini Municipality joined forces with AKTI Project and Research Centre to clean up the beach and record data on the types and amounts of marine litter collected. The data will be entered in MarLitCy's Marine Litter Database. A big thank you to all the participants!!
Earth Day Beach Run & Cleanup: NORTH EDITION! Saturday, May 7, at 9:45 a.m., Glapsides Beach Famagusta.
The U.S. Embassy and NGO partners AKTI, along with other runners and volunteers, will join together for a beach fun run, followed by a 5-minute beach speed cleanup and source identification workshop led by AKTI, within the framework of the MarLitCy project, and with the participation of other NGO partners.
Join us for a fun morning out and make a difference!!
The beach fun run and speed cleanup that was organised by the US Embassy in Cyprus in collaboration with AKTI, within the framework of the MarLitCy project, was covered by CYBC's prime time news.
On Saturday, 23 April 2016, AKTI participated at an event organised by the American Embassy in Cyprus, on the occasion of Earth Day. The event began with a short speech, followed by a group run along the cliffs at Governor’s Beach with sweeping morning views of the Mediterranean. Members of AKTI, within the framework of MarLitCy, then gave a short presentation and organised a five-minute beach “speed clean up” followed by a short source identification workshop to educate participants on common sources of marine pollution.
AKTI, representing the MarLitCy project, was present at the English School's Career Fair last Wednesday (20 April 2016) informing students about career opportunities in the blue and green sectors. The fair was a great success and students were very keen to not only hear about possible careers in the blue sector, but to also take an active stance against marine litter.
Using marine litter as a peace-building tool to enhance cooperation and dialogue in Cyprus