Mayor of Limassol highlights environmental issues affecting city, KNEWS
A research study on the environmental risks and economic benefits of the sector’s activities in Limassol demonstrates the urgent need to protect the city’s coastal, marine and maritime environment.
The study “Blue Limassol: Environmental Risk Assessment” for the identification and comprehensive assessment of activities that threaten the coastal and marine environment of Limassol is coordinated by Frederick University and the Municipality of Limassol and its preliminary results have been presented during a round table organized at the initiative of the leader of the Democratic Rally (DISY), Mr. Averof Neophytou.
The Mayor of Limassol, the research team and representatives of stakeholders and organizations attended the discussion which took place in Limassol on December 6, 2021.
Thanking the participants, Mr. Neophytou stressed that “the broader issue of environmental protection must be at the center of political and social agendas”. Referring to the development of Limassol and its positive results for the local and national economy, the leader of DISY recognized the need to take measures for the protection of the environment.
The initiative for the study lies with the Mayor of Limassol, Mr. Nicos Nicolaides, who, in his welcome address, stressed the importance of the study as a documented scientific basis in the effort to ensure the development sustainable city. The mayor thanked Frederick University for its long-term collaboration, which began by co-hosting the Blue Limassol Forum in 2020.
As part of the Blue Limassol Forum, 500 Limassol citizens had the opportunity to share their thoughts on a number of environmental issues. “The ‘Limassol Blue: Environmental Risk Assessment’ study provides answers to the concerns of citizens,” said Mr Nicolaides.
Dr Angelos Menelaou, project leader of the Blue Limassol study and head of the Department of Marine and Trade at Frederick University, stressed that the study more reflects global concerns directly related to the strategic development goals of the ‘EU and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
More than 25 scientists from Cyprus and abroad worked on the scientific literature for the study, which is the first to examine all development and operational activities in key sectors of the economy that may pose risks to the coastal, marine and maritime environment of Limassol. . In particular, risks arising from the operation of ports and ships, oil and gas, marinas and yachts, water sports, fish farming and fishing, construction and hotels and water systems. sewerage and municipal waste management.
The study further suggests the implementation of best practices to reduce the risks that threaten the city’s environment, with the ultimate aim of preserving the attractiveness and sustainability of the great coastal front of Limassol. “We are optimistic that Limassol can have a sustainable future thanks to the willingness of more than 100 relevant bodies and relevant organizations to cooperate with us in the preparation of our study, their sincere concern and their intention to act now”, commented Dr Menelaou who thanked the research team that worked on the study: his academic colleagues and researchers from Frederick University, DNV Hellas, the Marine and Environmental Research Laboratory (MER), the Marine Institute and Maritime Cyprus (CMMI) and the Limassol District Development Company (ANELEM). He also thanked the Ministry of Energy, Trade and Industry, the Deputy Ministry of Maritime Transport, the companies Ernst & Young and Total Energies for their support to the project.
The final results of the study will be presented next February at the 2nd Blue Limassol Forum co-organized by the Municipality of Limassol and the Department of Marine and Trade of Frederick University as part of their strategic collaboration.