The study is coordinated by Limassol Municipality and Frederick University
Within the framework of the Blue Limassol Forum, the Mayor of Limassol Mr Nicos Nicolaides launched a research study of the environmental risks and economic benefits of sector activities within the coastal and marine area of Limassol Bay (from Akrotiri point to Vasilikos point).The Mayor thanked Frederick University and participating researchers and stakeholders for their commitment, emphasising the importance of this study and in developing a roadmap for future environmentally focused research projects for the coastal city of Limassol.
Carol Bailey, Head of Research in the Department of Maritime Transport and Commerce at Frederick University, presented the objectives, scope and methodology to ensure a holistic assessment of sector activities, with scientifically researched facts and expert opinion. Bailey said: “Analysis and findings will provide a response to citizens’ environmental concerns and strategic recommendations on risk mitigation practices, for ongoing dialogue with citizens and decision makers in the context of the Blue Limassol Forum and Sustainable Development Goals: Blue Economy, Sustainable Environment & Citizen Wellbeing.”
The scientific study will be conducted by a team consisting of Professors and researchers from Frederick University departments of Maritime Transport & Commerce and Architecture, Cyprus Marine & Maritime Institute (CMMI) and experts from international Universities and research institutions. DNV-GL, a global leading independent expert in risk management and quality assurance, will support the study with facts and reliable insights to safeguard life, property and the environment.
To encourage transparency, reliability, neutrality and credibility of findings, the study team will seek factual input from government, authorities, sector organisations, companies and action groups, many of whom have confirmed their support for the study, e.g. the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, The Department of Fisheries & Marine Research, The Cyprus Foundation of the Sea (CYFOS), The Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC), The Cyprus Ports Authority (CPA), The Cyprus Marine Environment Protection Association (CYMEPA) and TOTAL Foundation.
Professor Eleni Hadjiconstantinou, Dean of Frederick University School of Business and Law and a member of the Project Steering Committee, noted that this is a challenging and ambitious effort that has the full support of all faculty at Frederick University.Dr Angelos Menelaou, Head of Frederick University Department of Maritime Transport & Commerce and study Project Manager thanked the various stakeholders for their support and commitment. He added: “This study is the first in an ongoing research agenda intended to identify priorities and actions for the benefit of Limassol and its citizens. The broad participation and blending of multi-disciplinary knowledge will guarantee the neutrality and validity of the scientific findings.”