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We Made Waves! Thank You for Joining Us!

🌊🌿We Made Waves! Thank You for Joining Us! 🌿🌊

A huge thank you to everyone who celebrated the launch of Pafos’ 1st “Plastic Free Beach” with us! 🌟 Your presence and support made this event truly special. 

Together, we’ve taken a significant step towards protecting our oceans and promoting sustainable living. Our beautiful, clean beach is a testament to what we can achieve when we come together for a common cause. 

Pafos’ 1st “Plastic Free Beach” is a reality, thanks to the support we received from the Municipality of Pafos, the Pafos Regional Board of Tourism and the Deputy Ministry of Tourism.  

The event was held under the auspices of the Commissioner of the Environment, who honored us with her presence. Among other, she stated that: “The Office of the Commissioner of the Environment considers this initiative as a catalyst for a more comprehensive sustainable management of our beaches and marine environment. Our goal is to find best practices for completely avoiding the use of plastics on beaches. This can only be achieved through collaborations among all stakeholders in each coastal area, such as local authorities, restaurant owners, cafes, and hotels”. Antonia Theodosiou a warm thank you for your practical support in the success of the event. 

We are very grateful to all the supporters of this event PASYXE and ACTE 

The Executive Director of the TUI Care Foundation, Alexander Panczuk, highlighted the aim of the “Keep our Sand and Sea Plastic Free, Destination Zero Plastic in Cyprus” Project, to bring together tourists, tourism businesses, and residents to implement actions to reduce single-use plastic consumption in coastal areas, thus resulting in less plastic ending up in the sea, thereby reducing plastic pollution.  

The Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative’s Chairman Philippos Drousiotis expressed the power of collaboration. More specifically he said: “We firmly believe in the power of teamwork, and this project exemplifies the remarkable synergy between CSTI, the Municipality of Pafos, the Tourism Board of Pafos, the International School of Paphos, the Hotel Associations PASYXE & STEK and the tourism industry. SDG 17 emphasizes the importance of partnerships, and by fostering these collaborations, we are advancing the achievement of all the other 16 Sustainable Development Goals. 

United in the CSTI team spirit, we stand strong. As Helen Keller aptly said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”” 

This beach wouldn’t be the same without the strong message sent by the youth. HOPE the monk seal is the artwork made with 300 plastic bottles retrieved during the Eco Club Beach Clean-ups by the International School of Paphos (ISOP) and led by Marina Sophia Flevotomas – Eco-School Coordinator and Geography teacher. Our warm thank you to every student that put their magic touch on this amazing result.  

The event ended up at the Alexander the Great Hotel to celebrate the International Plastic Free Day and to present the actions that the Keep our Sand and Sea Plastic Free Project implements to contribute to the reduction of plastic pollution. After the presentation, we had the opportunity to embark on a culinary journey with the delicious snacks provided by the hotel – thank you for the tasty journey you offered us. Alexander the Great Hotel and the whole KANIKA Family, thank you for your dynamic support.  

Let’s continue to wave goodbye to plastic and champion a cleaner, greener future for our planet. 🌏💙 

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