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Join the Discussion about Climate Change at the Goethe-Institut!

Goethe_Institut-logo-057F9CB607-seeklogo.comOur neighhours and close colleagues at the Goethe-Institut Cyprus are holding a series of events this January on the issue of climate change.

On Monday 14 January a poster exhibition about environmental issues by the famous German artist Klaus Staeck will be opened in the Goethe-Institut’s hall at 6.30 pm, followed at 7.00 pm by the screening of “The Age Of Stupid” (UK; 2009; 92 min. Dir: Franny Armstrong), the first of five international documentary films to be shown from 14-18 January at the Goethe-Institut about the environmental challenges mankind faces. All films are with English subtitles and admission is free. The complete list of the films can be found here.

On Wednesday 23 January at 6.30 pm, the Goethe-Institut Cyprus and The Cyprus Institute will hold a public lecture by the eminent scientist and climate researcher Prof Jos Lelieveld of Max Planck Institut Mainz in Germany and Institute Professor at The Cyprus Institute, on the issue of “Climate change in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East”. The lecture will be in English and will be followed by a small reception.

On Thursday 24 January at 7.00 pm film director Stephen Nugent and the cameraman Chris Lewis, who have been working for Greenpeace to document the organisation’s activities in the arctic against industrial exploitation and environmental destruction, will present their films and inform us about planned activities to prevent the melting of the polar ice caps and the deterioration of the arctic environment.

For more information call Elena Petrou on +357-22-674608.

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Losing or Saving Karpas?

This article was first published on page 15 of The Cyprus Weekly (2 March).

The Karpas Peninsula is one of Cyprus’ natural beauties. Since 1974 the region is mostly remembered as the last bastion of the Greek Cypriot enclaved persons. It fleetingly receives attention for other reasons too. In recent weeks, the media focus has been on Archbishop Chrysostomos’ renewed interest in the restoration of the Apostolos Andreas Monastery. However, one of the effects of the division is that while publicity generated by a public figure sheds light on one aspect of life, it tends to overshadow other issues of equally vital importance.

In recent months plans were announced for the building of a large petroleum storage station on the unspoiled shoreline close to the village of Efta Komi. A successful campaign by civil society, led the Lefke Environmental Society had averted the building of the station near the village of Lefka in August of last year. However, the Swiss-backed investment project identified Karpas as the next ideal location, and the area has been declared a so-called “Free Zone”, allowing the construction company unrestricted access to the area.

The plans for the petroleum terminal carry great risks not only for the island’s biodiversity but for the entire eastern Mediterranean, both in the short and long-term. Large areas of the Peninsula are classified as protected zones, and form part of the European Natura 2000-Network. A number of species are under threat should plans go ahead, including endemic birds such as the Cyprus Warbler and Cyprus wheatear, as well as peregrine falcons and alpine swifts.

In this vacuum of legality and accountability, civil society has stood up to the task. A coalition of Turkish Cypriot non-governmental organisations (NGOs), spearheaded by the Green Action Group and the Biologists’ Association, has started an awareness-raising campaign aimed at sensitising Cypriots about the disastrous effects that the building of this station will have for the island and the region. “What will be the impact of a leak or an explosion at the station?”, asks Salih Gücel, a member of the Biologists’ Association. “No one can answer this. This area is prone to strong winds and currents. The whole of the northern coastline of Cyprus, and the wider eastern Mediterranean region, could be affected by a leak or explosion at the plant.”

The area is also a nesting place for Cyprus Green turtles, and the critically endangered Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus), once declared extinct by the Fisheries Department, is also at great risk. “Research has shown that in recent years the seals have been breeding on the shores of Cyprus”, says Osman Kalfaoğlu, a journalist who has been following the issue. “Aside from all its other disastrous effects, the building of the station would destroy the few remaining breeding places for the seals, laying the ground for their extinction”, added Kalfaoğlu.

On an island still divided, civil society has emerged as the most important vehicle through which to convey the concerns and issues which affect all Cypriots.

Education and Demonstration Activities for Water Saving

There will be a presentation on water saving and demonstrations of water saving good practises and technologies at the Fifth Elementary School of Lakatamia, Nicosia, on 23 March 2011 between 09:00-11:00. The event is aimed at school staff and children and is part of the broader “Awareness raising measures for water saving”, a confidence-building measure implemented on behalf of the Environment Technical Committee and supported by UNDP-ACT. For more information on this event, visit www.akti.org.cy

Water-Saving Technology Exhibition launches 22 March 2011

Photo by Luis Argerich

An exhibition on Water-Saving Technology is being launched Tuesday 22 March 2011 at 16:00 on Ledra Street, Nicosia. Under the auspices of the Environment Technical committee, AKTI Project and Research Centre and The TC Chamber of Environmental Engineers, in co-operation with The Cyprus Environmental Stakeholder Forum and The Regional Network for Sustainable Future, the exhibition is part of the project ‘Awareness Raising Measures for Water-Saving’, a confidence building measure implemented on behalf of the Environment Technical Committee and supported by UNDP-ACT. The event will be open in the buffer zone at Ledra Street crossing until 25th March 2011 where water- saving technologies available for households and gardens will be exhibited to the general public.

Jumpstart Youth Peace Campaign 4-6 February 2011: Environmental Weekend in Kritou Terra

Youth Center Union (Gençlik Merkezi Birliği)and Future Worlds Center are jointly organizing an environmental weekend to Kritou Terra from 4 to 6 February 2011 to promote active citizenship among young people, aged 16-35 from Greek-Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, as part of the EU-funded project “Jumpstart Youth Peace Campaign in Cyprus”Continue reading

KISA: collecting used clothes, shoes for reuse and recycling

 
 

Bags made from recycled packaging

Greek text follows

CCMC member KISA (Action for Equality, Support, Antiracism) is collecting used textiles for purposes of providing them to people who need them, for fundraising and promotion of recycling. They are collecting clothing, paired shoes, household textiles such as curtains and linen, handbags and belts. Unfortunately they cannot accept any dirty or wet clothing, carpets, mats, off cuts of material, single shoes.

The items will be processed in collaboration with Anakyklos Perivallontiki, a non-for-profit environmentalist organisation and either provided to people in need, used in bazaars with proceeds going to KISA, or sent to countries facing emergency situations. The items that cannot be reused as second hand clothes will be recycled in order to produce wiping cloths, fibres for new clothing, insulation material and other products. Only a small part, around 2%, will end up in landfill. By offering your items you can help contribute to diminishing garbage that otherwise would end up in landfill, thus economising on resources and manpower as well supporting KISA’s activities and support services to migrants, refugees and their children.

To find out more, and to visit KISA to drop off your items, please contact: KISA – Action for Equality, Support, Antiracism Tel : 00357 22 878181  or email email: kisa@cytanet.com.cy 

Η ΚΙΣΑ μαζεύει χρησιμοποιημένα ρούχα παπούτσια και άλλα υλικά

Η ΚΙΣΑ έχει αρχίσει τη συστηματική συλλογή χρησιμοποιημένου ρουχισμού με στόχο την διάθεσή τους σε άτομα που τον χρειάζονται, την οικονομική ενίσχυση της Οργάνωσης και την προώθηση της ανακύκλωσης. Μαζεύουμε: · Ρούχα και ζευγαρωμένα παπούτσια, ανδρικά, γυναικεία και παιδικά · Λευκά είδη, όπως κουρτίνες και σεντόνια · Τσάντες · Ζώνες Δεν μαζεύουμε: · Λερωμένα ή βρεγμένα ρούχα · Χαλιά · Αποκόμματα υφασμάτων · Αζευγάρωτα παπούτσια

Τα υλικά αυτά θα τυγχάνουν της πιο κάτω διαχείρισης, σε συνεργασία με τον «Ανάκυκλο Περιβαλλοντική», μη κερδοσκοπικό περιβαλλοντικό οργανισμό: Θα γίνεται συλλογή στα γραφεία της ΚΙΣΑ, Θα μαζεύονται τακτικά από προσωπικό του Ανάκυκλου, θα ζυγίζονται και θα καταβάλλεται ένα ποσό στην ΚΙΣΑ (ανά κιλό) και ανάλογα με την ποιότητα του υλικού, ο ρουχισμός θα είναι διαθέσιμος για αποστολή σε χώρες όπου υπάρχει επείγουσα ανάγκη, όπως φυσική καταστροφή, πόλεμος κ.ο.κ. Προσφέροντας τα χρησιμοποιημένα ρούχα και παπούτσια σας, συμβάλλετε στη μείωση του όγκου των σκουπιδιών που καταλήγουν στις χωματερές, εξοικονομώντας πόρους και ανθρωποώρες,  στη δημιουργία ενός καθαρότερου, υγιεινού περιβάλλοντος και στην οικονομική ενίσχυση των δράσεων της ΚΙΣΑ, που περιλαμβάνουν τη δωρεάν προσφορά υπηρεσιών στήριξης σε μετανάστες, πρόσφυγες κ.λπ., προγράμματα για παιδιά κ.ά.

KISA – Action for Equality, Support, Antiracism
Tel : 00357 22 878181  email: kisa@cytanet.com.cy

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“Karpaz is being destroyed”, says CCMC member

The Biologists’ Association, a Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) member, made the news this week, with its strong condemnation of what it calls the “destruction” of the Karpaz national park in the northeast of Cyprus.

“The authorities are distributing the Karpaz national park as presents to some people,” said Niyazi Turkseven, general secretary of the Biologists’ Association. “The area was announced as a national park in 1977, then in 1995 it was declared as a site of historical and environmental importance and in 2007 as a Specially Protected Area. However we are still failing to protect the area.” Mr. Turkseven added that “one of the main reasons for failing to protect the area is because the authorities want to give away valuable land to their allies, supporters and cronies.”

The construction of electricity infrastructure, road widening, filling up of the Ronnas river, and donation of land for a university campus has begun to erode this sensitive ecosystem. “It is just not acceptable to see the authorities destroy an area which is incredibly important for cultural heritage and the environment,” said Turkseven. “It is not only one of the most important sites for Cyprus but it is very valuable for the entire world.”

The Biologists’ Association website

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Cyclists Across Barriers: Karpaz to Akamas 16-25 April 2010

 Cyclists across Barriers is organising a cycle trip from Karpaz to Akamas, Paphos starting this Friday the 16 of April until 25 April 2010.

Gather: Thursday 15 April 2010; late afternoon at Golden Sands Beach, Karpaz. Overnight stay at Big Sands café; camping/beach huts 0533 865 3488 to book bed (tbb)

Cycling Days:

Day 1.     Friday 16th April; 23km cycle from Apostolos Andreas Monastery to Dipkarpaz/Rizokarpaso. Various options to stay.

Day 2.     Saturday 17th April; 40km to Kumyali/Koma tou Yialou. Camping or Notovikla Garden Hotel. Tel:05428517781 (tbb); hotel also rents bikes.

Day 3.     Sunday 18th April; 36km to Kaplica/Davlos Camping or rooms at Kaplica restaurant.  Tel:0090 392 387 2031(tbb)

Day 4.     Monday 19th April; 47km to Alagadi Beach. Camping

Day 5.     Tuesday 20th April; 18km to Girne/Kyrenia. Various options to stay

Day 6.     Wednesday 21st April; 49km from St Hilarion to Guzelyurt/Morfou. Guzelyurt Hotel (tbb) 0533 861 8973

Day 7.     Thursday 22nd April; 35km to Kalopanayiotis; PEO holiday apartments 00357 2286 6405 or 00357 99875655.

Day 8.     Friday 23rd April; 19km to Kykkos Monastery; stay at the monastery 00357 2294 2435

Day 9.     Saturday 24th April; 47km to Lysos Troodos Mountains; Paradise Hills Hotel 00357 2632 2287; +12km downhill, Polis camping/hotels.

Day 10.  Sunday 25th April; 27km to Akamas; return by boat trip (tbc)

If you would like updates or to join all or part of the cycle trip contact:

Aydin Mahmet Ali: 0090 5338606174 or 00357 99958812 or Andreas Michaelides: 00357 96781672

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