As part of our participation in the 27th PanCyprian Volunteerism Week, CSTI together with the University of Nicosia, the Municipality of Engomi and 300,000 Trees in Nicosia planted 55 trees and cleaned the area between the Main Building of the University and its Library.
Beyond Plastic Med - BeMed Project Sea & Beach Clean-up. Almost 1.5 tons of waste was collected from the sea and several bags of rubbish from the beach.
The beach and underwater clean-up of Konnos, was an initiative of the project Keep our Sand and Sea Plastic Free in the framework of Let's do it Cyprus. The volunteers cleaned the coast and the sea of 112.5 kilos of waste!
The clean-up was organized in cooperation with the Nicosia Tourism Board (ETAP) under the umbrella of Let's Do It Cyprus.
The Chairman of CSTI, Mr Philippos Drousiotis held the speech "Sustainable Tourism: The only way forward" at the TEDx Larnaca Countdown event.
The aim of the project is conducting industrial research to develop and evaluate an innovative, low-cost, intelligent software/hardware solution designed for building operators. The consortium of the project consists of PHOEBE Research and Innovation Ltd, KIOS Centre of Excellence and CSTI. With the help of CSTI, two hotels have been selected for the installation of the monitoring system. The testing is on hold as the hotels are closed due to the pandemic.
To coincide with Mediterranean Coast Day, in collaboration with the Municipality of Paralimni, the Keep our Sand and Sea Plastic Free initiative organised an event to unveil an information sign in front of Fig Tree Bay. In parallel with the unveiling, students and divers undertook a beach and sea clean-up.
The event started with a welcome speech by the Mayor of Polis followed by a presentation & discussion on the issue of marine plastic pollution & sea cleaning ‘catch of the day’ presentation
CSTI is proud to be the first organization in Cyprus to officially join the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, led by the UN Environment Programme and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative unites the tourism sector behind a common vision to address the root causes of plastic pollution.
CSTI is one of the winners of the “Beyond Plastic Med” (BeMed) project with the initiative ’Plastic Free Entertainment Cruises and Water Sport Activities’ . The event in Limassol started with a presentation on the issue of the marine plastic pollution, which was followed by a beach clean-up in front of the hotel according to the European Union’s protocol.
The ‘Keep Our Sand and Sea Plastic Free’ initiative is funded by TUI Care Foundation and delivered by the Travel Foundation in partnership with CSTI. ′′Evdokia′′ is a whale sculpture made for the project by students of Paralimni High School, installed on the coastal pedestrian street in Ayia Napa to raise awareness & encourage recycling.
On the day when the beaches in Cyprus reopened after the lockdown, CSTI launched this Facebook Campaign with the support of the Deputy Ministry of Tourism to raise awareness about the problem of beach littering.
The University of Nicosia organized a virtual conference addressing the topics of the tourism industry reactions to the biggest crisis faced so far as well as the opportunities for recovery. Several experts intervened, among them Mr. Philippos Drousiotis, the Chairman of CSTI.
CSTI continued to work online during the lockdown and issued a message to its members and partners in the tourism industry.
The AGM & Event with the theme “Greening Cyprus for a Sustainable Future”, held under the auspices of the Honourable Deputy Minister of Tourism Mr. Savvas Perdios – was a great success. Moreover there was a producers fair and plastic alternative display. The following day there was a tree planting followed by visits to local producers.
The initiative “Keep our Sand and Sea Plastic Free” had it’s official launch event on November 26, 2019 at the Ayia Napa’s Thalassa museum moderated by CyBC’s environmental journalist Theodoulos Koullapi, brought together over 100 dignitaries from national government, municipalities, hotels, other tourism businesses and community organisations to galvanise support for action.
The project coordinator presented the BeMed project to the participants and gave suggestions on single-use plastic alternatives. Afterwards, CSTI team members in cooperation with the Scuba Diving Support Centre completed a beach and underwater clean up at Nissi Beach, Ayia Napa. All the participants who were with us on that day supported our actions in order to prevent plastic pollution in the Mediterranean Sea.
BeMed project event in Marina Larnaca - November, 14 2019 The Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative (CSTI) in collaboration with the Marina Larnaca held an event presenting the initiative “Plastic Free Entertainment Cruises and Water Sports Activities” with the support of BeMed - Beyond Plastic Med program of Prince Albert II Monaco Foundation. The event was attended by the Tourism Director of the Deputy Ministry of Tourism Mrs Annita Demetriadou, who highlighted the long-term cooperation with the Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative and the willingness to continue the cooperation.
The activity included a seabed cleaning in a dive site of Ayia Napa from the Ocean View Diving Centre and raising awareness to a school of the area that visited the beach. The action focused on the aim to prevent plastic pollution in the Mediterranean and therefore the seas and coastlines of Cyprus as well.
The Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative was awarded by the Cyprus Hotel Association Famagusta (PASYXE) for its services and contribution to the hotel industry, with the Special Recognition Award.
The President of the Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative, Mr. Philippos Drousiotis attended the “Castwater Mediterranean Conference 2019: Sustainable Tourism Water Management. Perspectives for Tourism Development in the Mediterranean Water Scarcity Areas”. The conference’s presentation entitled "Water footprint and other indicators for tourism Initiative". Mr. Drousiotis talked about the relation "Water and Tourism" in Cyprus and how tourism affects the island's water scarcity problem.
The new campaign "Keep Sand and Sea Plastic Free" targets tourism businesses and local municipalities and aims to eliminate single-use plastic from coastal areas of free Famagusta region. It was announced in a press release on September 2, 2019, with its official launch on November 26. The ‘Keep Our Sand and Sea Plastic Free’ initiative is funded by TUI Care Foundation and delivered by the Travel Foundation in partnership with CSTI.
The President of the Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative, Mr. Philippos Drousiotis, attended the Ocean Pavilion in Biarritz to present the challenges facing Cyprus in terms of Sustainable Tourism. The event was designed to highlight the urgent need for leaders from the 7 most powerful countries in the world to take immediate action on our oceans. The Ocean Pavilion was a forum with conferences and workshops among experts from leading sectors active in the fields of tourism, sport, innovation, energy, environment and public policy which lasted 4 days (20-23 August 2019).
The first meeting for the implementation of the Domognostics + project between PHOEBE Research and Innovation, the KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence and the CSTI, took place with the aim of collaborating between organizations, each contributing through their expertise to a team result. The project will last two years and will focus on research into the design of "smart" buildings with less energy consumption, with the primary objective of the tourism industry.
“Ocean Week” was held as part of the Beyond Plastic Mediterranean (BeMed) project in the Principality of Monaco, Monte Carlo, organized by the Prince Albert II Monaco Foundation, in collaboration with MAVA Foundation, IUCN, Tara Expeditions, and Surfrider Foundation Europe. The Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative attended Monte Carlo to present Cyprus' situation regarding plastic waste and the actions it will develop through the BeMed project.
The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding officially sealed the participation in joint actions between the University of Nicosia (UNIC) and the Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative (CSTI), a partnership that began a decade ago when they successfully co-organized “Waste Management Conference: The Prospects within the Cyprus Hospitality and Tourism Industry”. With this memorandum, the University of Nicosia is officially recognized as a CSTI Academic Fellow.
At the Cyprus Environmental Awards for Organizations and Businesses, a bronze award was given to the Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative as an “Environmental Protector 2018” in the category “Public and Other Institutions and Organizations”. The award was presented by H.E the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Nikos Anastasiades and the Commissioner for the Environment, Mrs. Ioanna Panagiotou.
With the framework of the BeMed programme and the event 'Prevent Plastic in the Mediterranean Sea' CSTI and the Municipality of LImassol organise a beach cleanup at Akti Olympion to raise awareness among visitors about the importance of preventing pollution in the Mediterranean from plastic waste. Keynote speaker is Mr Philippe Modielli, Scientific Director of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. The event is under the auspices of H.E. The President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr Nicos Anastasiades.
A free training workshop in Paphos, Limassol and Protaras. Thank you to all the hoteliers for participating and taking advantage of this one-off opportunity to learn how to effectively implement the sustainability standards!
Greening Cyprus Beaches project
Το Kίνημα Οικολόγων Περιβαλλοντιστών πραγματοποίησε στις 5-6-2013, στη Δημοσιογραφική Εστία στη Λευκωσία, με μεγάλη επιτυχία, την ετήσια εκδήλωση: Παγκύπρια Περιβαλλοντικά Βραβεία. Παρουσία του Υπουργού Γεωργίας, Φυσικών πόρων και Περιβάλλοντος κ. Νίκου Κουγιάλη, επισήμων και πλήθος κόσμου, απονεμήθηκαν τα φετινά βραβεία στον κ. Χαράλαμπο Θεοπέμπτου για την προσφορά του ως Επίτροπος Περιβάλλοντος, στο Δημοτικό και Γυμνάσιο Γερίου για την πρωτοβουλία για σχολικούς λαχανόκηπους, στο Γυμνάσιο Σολέας για την εργασία \"Οικολογική Πόλη\", στον Κυπριακό Σύνδεσμο Αειφόρου Τουρισμού για την συνεισφορά του στον Αειφόρο Τουρισμό και στην Ομάδα \" Feed the People\" - \"Κοινοτικοί κήποι τροφίμων\" για την προώθηση της ιδέας του συλλογικού μπαξέ. Ευχαριστούμε το Kίνημα Οικολόγων Περιβαλλοντιστών για την άψογη διοργάνωση της εκδήλωσης.