6 businesses were awarded among 200 participants in this year’s Zero Waste Beach Champions, in the categories Environmental Responsibility, Sustainability, Innovation and Social Responsibility
A total of six coastal businesses, were declared champions in this year’s “Zero Waste Beach Champions 2019” awards. The awarded companies stood out for the responsible waste management practices they adopted, out of a total of 224 good practice examples submitted by members of the Responsible Coastal Business Network.
The Responsible Coastal Business Network was created last year, as part of the “Zero Waste Beach” programme, which is implemented by AKTI Project and Research Centre and aims to tackle marine plastic pollution.
The awards ceremony, was held under the auspices of the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anatasiades, at Ammos Bar in Larnaca, in the presence of the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Mr Costas Kadis. The six champions were awarded in the categories of environmental responsibility, sustainability, innovation and social responsibility.
Specifically, under the large business category:
- Atlantic Sancta Napa Hotel won the Environmental Responsibility Award
- The KANIKA HOTELS & RESORTS Group won the Sustainability Award and
- Atlantica Sungarden Beach Hotel secured the Innovation Award
Under the small business category:
- the Green Points of Paphos Kolonis – Mouttallou received the Social Responsibility Award,
- the Coastal Fishing Association of Paphos secured the Innovation Award while,
- the Sustainability Award was given to the restaurant PAS TO KYMA.
Local Administration officials, Civil Society representatives and volunteers who supported the “Zero Waste Beach” programme and AKTI’s activities for a cleaner Cyprus, were recognised and honoured by AKTI with special medals. These were the Mayor of Yeroskipou, Mr Michalis Pavlides, the Secretary General of CYMERA, Mr Michalis Ierides, the Secretary of the Community Council of Pervolia, Mr Christoforos Panteli and the Chairman of the Community Council of Pervolia, Mr Costas Tingis as well as the volunteer diver, Mr Panayiotis Psomas.
After the awards ceremony, a symbolic voluntary cleaning of the Mackenzy beach followed, under the guidance of AKTI’s scientific team and following the international Ocean Conservancy protocol. With this procedure, applied by AKTI in all its coastal and seabed clean-ups, the data is logged in the international Ocean Conservancy database. This is important field data that supports global research and the effort to combat marine plastic pollution.
Speaking at the event, the Public Affairs & Communications Manager of Coca‑Cola HBC Cyprus, Kalia Patsia, noted that the biggest achievement of Zero Waste Beach, was its contribution in raisng awareness. “In these past two years, we have recorded excellent results. We believe however, that our most important achievement was placing the issue of marine plastic pollution on the public agenda through the activities and initiatives we have developed as part of the programme”, she notably said.
The Chairman of the Board of the AKTI Project and Research Centre, Xenia Loizidou, highlighted on her part that the results of “Zero Waste Beach” in its second year of implementation, were impressive. “We collected more than 700 tonnes of recyclable material, from sea beds, coasts and the members of the Responsible Coastal Businesses Network, which under different circumstances would have ended up in the marine environment or at best, would have ended up in mixed waste. If we all work together, we can win against plastic pollution”.