SOS for Limassol coastline – Cyprus Assets Information

A new holistic environmental threat evaluation of the Limassol shoreline is the major-scale environmental investigate project for the city however.

It was launched to the community at previous month’s next Blue Limassol Discussion board, co-organised by the Limassol municipality and Frederick University.

A well timed study, as a full of 110 polluting incidents have been described among 2017 until the to start with quarter of 2021 in Cyprus, of which the large bulk, 89 for each cent, ended up recorded in Limassol.

This is essential as coastal and maritime tourism is one of the fundamental pillars of the country’s economic system, accounting for almost 12 per cent of GDP.

A single of the most important results of the scientists is that only a compact portion of documented incidents is investigated and penalised, and the regulatory and monitoring procedure is remarkably fragmented between diverse authorities and municipal bodies.

To spotlight just how sophisticated the scenario is, right here is just 1 case in point the detailed research has investigated – significant-increase buildings which throughout the past decade have turn into a prominent characteristic alongside the Limassol coast line.

Leaving them vacant is problematic as is having them occupied.

When they are mostly lived-in, targeted visitors congestion usually takes above the place at certain moments of the working day, the examine factors out.

“The massive earnings discrepancy among the occupants of the large-rise residences and the general population of the metropolis also generates social and useful implications which are pointed out by the nearby group,” the report included.

“On the other hand, a reduced occupancy level outcomes into the effective abandonment of the buildings primary to degradation of the city’s attractiveness and the erosion of its character.”

“In all conditions, the really building of the superior-rise structures completely in close proximity to the coast has resulted in maritime h2o pollution as h2o drainage from the foundations of the making web-sites is discharged into the sea.”

What makes this study, coordinated and offered by Angelos Menelaou, head of the maritime transportation and commerce division of Frederick University, a lot more possible than other people, which have often finished up on the cabinets of authorities officers?

The researcher for a person strongly thinks this a single will be carried out – and here is why.

“The holistic solution is the main asset of the analysis and has already captivated the fascination of a range of trustworthy European universities which concentrate on inspecting the conversation of coastal metropolitan areas and environment,” he defined.

“The Limassol bay and its coastline is a unified house exactly where the natural environment pressures of the pursuits interact and aggregate,” the paper explains. “The ‘spillover’ of the activities of a person sector to a further implies that the total impression on the sea and coastal ecosystem of the a variety of routines can be extra than the sum of its areas.”

All in all, there is an urgent require for all sectors of the economy together the Limassol coastline to function and acquire beneath a guiding system of data integration, enhanced reporting, and greater use of technologies, to a holistic tactic of sustainable growth and environmental protection.

Most likely most crucial, Menelaou is self-confident the venture will get the job done given that it is “a products of Limassol residents”.

The hazard evaluation was not just the result of lecturers pursuing a exploration subject matter, but responded to the issues of Limassol residents concerning threats to the coastal ecosystem expressed in an considerable belief study which took spot in the course of the very first Blue Limassol Discussion board celebration in May perhaps 2020. For this challenge, 90 organisations and 500 men and women have been questioned.

“We recorded some severe citizens’ issues about Limassol coastal and marine natural environment.  Their issues have been extremely a great deal connected to the intense development of distinct business sectors and the evident pertinent elevated environmental pressures to the coast of Limassol,” the assistant professor said.

“We have been shocked that there was quick collaboration from all people we approached. The emotion is ‘we want this’.”

Mayor Nicos Nicolaides was the a single who launched the notion of the 1st holistic environmental chance evaluation as a response and is all set to apply variations as outlined in the paper.

“The mayor mentioned he will press and drive. His significant and agency dedication to jointly function with all stakeholders and adopt an motion program primarily based on the study’s results and tips usually means that our work is impactful,” added Menelaou.

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

Their aid will be required – shortly.

The paper warns the current steep enhance in populace density areas unsafe force on the already susceptible setting due to the fact of the inadequacy of the current infrastructure.

A comment by Menelaou is telling as nicely: “While all the mayors we have interviewed appeared to be interested in conservation and expressed issues about the rapid development of higher climbing structures, till these days the construction of such buildings continues unabated. Nobody apart from the Limassol mayor claimed ‘this is my concern as a mayor and I have a important function to perform as it regards variations of the construction of the city’.”

The paper, some 1,000 web pages extensive, regarded six sectors/industries now active in the Limassol bay and assessed the threats they pose to the natural environment, and utilized more than 25 researchers from Cyprus and abroad who allocated additional than 20,000 working hours towards several duties in the course of two many years.

Not only does it detect the threats arising from coastal construction, reliable and liquid waste administration, commercial shipping and delivery, oil and gasoline-associated actions, fisheries and marinas and yachting, but it also provides a myriad of recommendations for every single sector and for quite a few threat places which are interrelated.

The review was compiled for the duration of two several years by Frederick College, the major contributor, with the assist of risk administration organisation DNV-Greece, the Cyprus Maritime and Maritime Institute (CMMI), the Maritime and Environmental Investigate Lab MER and the Improvement Agency of Limassol, ANELEM.

Additional looking through

Obtain The Blue Limassol Environmental Danger Evaluation Report (Dropbox)