SOS for Limassol coastline – Cyprus House Information


A new holistic environmental possibility evaluation of the Limassol coastline is the major-scale environmental analysis challenge for the city still.

It was introduced to the public at past month’s second Blue Limassol Discussion board, co-organised by the Limassol municipality and Frederick College.

A timely examine, as a overall of 110 polluting incidents have been noted among 2017 right until the first quarter of 2021 in Cyprus, of which the large the vast majority, 89 for every cent, were recorded in Limassol.

This is critical as coastal and maritime tourism is a single of the fundamental pillars of the country’s economic climate, accounting for pretty much 12 per cent of GDP.

A single of the primary findings of the scientists is that only a compact portion of claimed incidents is investigated and penalised, and the regulatory and checking procedure is really fragmented amid different federal government and municipal bodies.

To emphasize just how sophisticated the predicament is, below is just just one illustration the detailed analyze has investigated – higher-rise buildings which through the previous 10 years have become a notable characteristic together the Limassol coastline line.

Leaving them empty is problematic as is having them occupied.

When they are mainly lived-in, targeted visitors congestion will take around the location at particular occasions of the working day, the examine details out.

“The large earnings discrepancy in between the occupants of the high-increase flats and the typical populace of the city also produces social and purposeful implications which are famous by the nearby community,” the report additional.

“On the other hand, a reduced occupancy amount final results into the effective abandonment of the structures foremost to degradation of the city’s attractiveness and the erosion of its character.”

“In all circumstances, the extremely building of the significant-increase structures exclusively in close proximity to the coast has resulted in marine h2o pollution as h2o drainage from the foundations of the developing sites is discharged into the sea.”

What makes this research, coordinated and offered by Angelos Menelaou, head of the maritime transportation and commerce section of Frederick College, additional possible than many others, which have usually ended up on the cabinets of authorities officials?

The researcher for 1 strongly believes this a single will be implemented – and right here is why.

“The holistic tactic is the major asset of the research and has now captivated the desire of a selection of dependable European universities which target on inspecting the interaction of coastal cities and natural environment,” he discussed.

“The Limassol bay and its coastline is a unified area where the natural environment pressures of the things to do interact and aggregate,” the paper clarifies. “The ‘spillover’ of the routines of a person sector to another indicates that the all round impression on the sea and coastal surroundings of the numerous routines can be additional than the sum of its areas.”

All in all, there is an urgent require for all sectors of the economic climate alongside the Limassol coast to work and acquire under a guiding approach of knowledge integration, enhanced reporting, and improved use of technological know-how, in direction of a holistic strategy of sustainable development and environmental safety.

Possibly most critical, Menelaou is self-confident the job will function given that it is “a product or service of Limassol residents”.

The chance evaluation was not just the result of teachers pursuing a investigate topic, but responded to the concerns of Limassol citizens concerning threats to the coastal atmosphere expressed in an considerable impression study which took location through the 1st Blue Limassol Discussion board party in May 2020. For this task, 90 organisations and 500 men and women have been questioned.

“We recorded some really serious citizens’ considerations about Limassol coastal and marine surroundings.  Their worries were very significantly connected to the intense progress of diverse business enterprise sectors and the evident relevant improved environmental pressures to the coastline of Limassol,” the assistant professor mentioned.

“We have been stunned that there was speedy collaboration from all people we approached. The feeling is ‘we want this’.”

Mayor Nicos Nicolaides was the 1 who launched the concept of the initially holistic environmental hazard evaluation as a response and is completely ready to put into practice variations as outlined in the paper.

“The mayor claimed he will force and drive. His major and agency commitment to jointly do the job with all stakeholders and adopt an action program dependent on the study’s findings and recommendations usually means that our operate is impactful,” included Menelaou.

The deputy minister of shipping, Vassilis Demetriades, also voiced his assistance.

Their assist will be necessary – quickly.

The paper warns the latest steep raise in population density areas dangerous force on the previously susceptible environment mainly because of the inadequacy of the current infrastructure.

A remark by Menelaou is telling as perfectly: “While all the mayors we have interviewed appeared to be interested in conservation and expressed problems about the fast development of significant mounting properties, until eventually these days the design of this kind of properties continues unabated. No person apart from the Limassol mayor explained ‘this is my issue as a mayor and I have a significant role to engage in as it regards variations of the construction of the city’.”

The paper, some 1,000 web pages extensive, thought of six sectors/industries now lively in the Limassol bay and assessed the pitfalls they pose to the ecosystem, and used extra than 25 scientists from Cyprus and abroad who allotted much more than 20,000 functioning hours to numerous duties all through two many years.

Not only does it recognize the threats arising from coastal development, good and liquid squander administration, commercial transport, oil and gas-related functions, fisheries and marinas and yachting, but it also supplies a myriad of recommendations for every sector and for several threat spots which are interrelated.

The study was compiled all through two yrs by Frederick College, the key contributor, with the aid of possibility administration organisation DNV-Greece, the Cyprus Maritime and Maritime Institute (CMMI), the Maritime and Environmental Investigation Lab MER and the Enhancement Company of Limassol, ANELEM.

Even further examining

Obtain The Blue Limassol Environmental Threat Assessment Report (Dropbox)