Bicommunal project seeks to stamp out marine pollution

A new bicommunal project seeking to rid Cyprus seas of marine litter launched on Saturday in Famagusta.

The project’s first action on Saturday involved a beach clean-up at Salamis bay in the north, and cleaning of the Trikomo sea.

MarLitCy – Marine Litter for Synergies, Capacity-building and Peacebuilding – is a 36-month long project, which will run until November 2021, and is funded by the European Union.

The project aims to use the problem of marine litter as a tool for promoting dialogue and building closer relationships between the communities of Cyprus.

An event to celebrate the launch of the project was due to follow on Saturday afternoon at the premises of the MASDER organisation in the walled city of Famagusta, in the presence of representatives of the EU programme support office.

Five animation videos dealing with the issue of marine litter, which were prepared by students for the purposes of MarLitCy, will also be screened.

The project builds on the activities and knowledge gathered within a previously funded project, Marine litter: Together for Clean Coasts!, which was implemented by the same partnership some two years ago and in which over 30,000 people of all ages had participated.

MarLitCy aims to continue its successful streak through the implementation of various innovative activities such as ‘fishing for litter’, which will start at four fishing ports on the island; the expansion of the existing network of responsible coastal businesses; interactive presentations in schools and universities; free diving lesson days for young people; beach and hull cleanings; and the implementation of a participatory decision-making workshop.

The activities seek to attract specific groups, such as small children and youth, educators, fishermen, divers and decision-makers.

Marine litter is an increasing global challenge with no geographic or political boundaries, the project organisers say.