SOS for Limassol coast – Cyprus Residence News

A new holistic environmental hazard evaluation of the Limassol shoreline is the largest-scale environmental investigation project for the city yet.

It was released to the public at very last month’s 2nd Blue Limassol Discussion board, co-organised by the Limassol municipality and Frederick College.

A well timed research, as a complete of 110 polluting incidents have been reported amongst 2017 till the initial quarter of 2021 in Cyprus, of which the large greater part, 89 for each cent, had been recorded in Limassol.

This is crucial as coastal and maritime tourism is a person of the primary pillars of the country’s financial system, accounting for almost 12 for every cent of GDP.

1 of the primary conclusions of the scientists is that only a smaller fraction of noted incidents is investigated and penalised, and the regulatory and monitoring method is really fragmented among the various government and municipal bodies.

To highlight just how sophisticated the circumstance is, below is just just one example the detailed analyze has investigated – high-increase structures which throughout the previous ten years have become a popular function together the Limassol coast line.

Leaving them empty is problematic as is getting them occupied.

When they are mostly lived-in, site visitors congestion usually takes above the area at certain periods of the day, the analyze points out.

“The substantial profits discrepancy concerning the occupants of the large-increase residences and the typical population of the city also results in social and functional implications which are observed by the nearby group,” the report additional.

“On the other hand, a small occupancy price success into the efficient abandonment of the structures primary to degradation of the city’s attractiveness and the erosion of its character.”

“In all situations, the very design of the superior-increase properties solely near the coastline has resulted in maritime drinking water pollution as drinking water drainage from the foundations of the constructing web pages is discharged into the sea.”

What makes this review, coordinated and introduced by Angelos Menelaou, head of the maritime transport and commerce department of Frederick College, a lot more feasible than many others, which have typically ended up on the shelves of government officials?

The researcher for one strongly thinks this a single will be executed – and listed here is why.

“The holistic strategy is the primary asset of the research and has already attracted the desire of a amount of reputable European universities which target on analyzing the interaction of coastal cities and ecosystem,” he explained.

“The Limassol bay and its coast is a unified room where by the setting pressures of the pursuits interact and combination,” the paper points out. “The ‘spillover’ of the things to do of a person sector to yet another implies that the in general impact on the sea and coastal atmosphere of the a variety of things to do can be far more than the sum of its sections.”

All in all, there is an urgent will need for all sectors of the economy together the Limassol coastline to run and create beneath a guiding strategy of data integration, improved reporting, and better use of engineering, in the direction of a holistic technique of sustainable development and environmental security.

Probably most crucial, Menelaou is self-assured the venture will operate because it is “a product or service of Limassol residents”.

The risk evaluation was not just the final result of academics pursuing a exploration subject matter, but responded to the worries of Limassol people relating to threats to the coastal surroundings expressed in an intensive belief survey which took location through the 1st Blue Limassol Discussion board event in May well 2020. For this project, 90 organisations and 500 individuals ended up questioned.

“We recorded some severe citizens’ considerations about Limassol coastal and marine environment.  Their concerns had been extremely significantly similar to the intense development of unique business enterprise sectors and the evident applicable amplified environmental pressures to the coast of Limassol,” the assistant professor explained.

“We ended up shocked that there was fast collaboration from most people we approached. The feeling is ‘we want this’.”

Mayor Nicos Nicolaides was the 1 who introduced the idea of the initial holistic environmental chance assessment as a reaction and is all set to implement variations as outlined in the paper.

“The mayor claimed he will force and drive. His severe and business motivation to jointly work with all stakeholders and undertake an motion program dependent on the study’s results and tips implies that our operate is impactful,” included Menelaou.

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

Their guidance will be wanted – before long.

The paper warns the current steep boost in population density spots perilous tension on the now susceptible natural environment mainly because 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 concerns about the speedy enhancement of superior mounting properties, until finally these days the development of such buildings proceeds unabated. No person other than the Limassol mayor reported ‘this is my concern as a mayor and I have a main purpose to engage in as it regards alterations of the construction of the city’.”

The paper, some 1,000 pages very long, deemed six sectors/industries now active in the Limassol bay and assessed the risks they pose to the atmosphere, and utilized a lot more than 25 scientists from Cyprus and overseas who allocated additional than 20,000 working hrs to various responsibilities for the duration of two yrs.

Not only does it recognize the threats arising from coastal building, sound and liquid squander management, industrial delivery, oil and gas-connected pursuits, fisheries and marinas and yachting, but it also delivers a myriad of tips for each and every sector and for quite a few danger places which are interrelated.

The examine was compiled through two decades by Frederick College, the principal contributor, with the enable of risk management organisation DNV-Greece, the Cyprus Marine and Maritime Institute (CMMI), the Marine and Environmental Exploration Lab MER and the Development Company of Limassol, ANELEM.

Further more examining

Obtain The Blue Limassol Environmental Possibility Assessment Report (Dropbox)