22-23 November 2016

“Tourism is one of the most important income sources, but at the same time it is the most important threat to the Cypriot Marine Environment”

“Ο Τουρισμός ως μια από τις μεγαλύτερες Πηγές Εισοδήματος αλλά ταυτόχρονα και η σοβαρότερη απειλή για γον Κυπριακό Θαλάσσιο Πλούτο”

Cyprus is prised for its long-stretched beaches (784 km long coastline) and clear seas. Since 2000 it has welcomed over 2,5 million tourists per year and an average of 200.000 cruise-ship visitors (67% from EU countries). The predominant factors in choosing this holiday destination is the high quality of natural features of coastal areas and the marine water quality and richness. Tourism is one of the main sources of Cyprus’s income (>2 billion Euro/year and 18% of Cyprus GDP), but it has a big effect on environment and health. A tourist uses 3 or 4 times more water and energy than a permanent resident. The urban expansion, industrial and port development and underwater noise add to the pressures by domestic pollution, agricultural inputs, and industrial and oil pollution. cyprus_web What actions (political, economic, social/cultural, technological, legal and environmental) are necessary to ensure that Cyprus lives in prosperity benefiting from tourism and at the same time preserves its tangible and intangible marine cultural assets that attract its tourists? You want to use your creative mind to develop solutions that best serve individual citizens, your local community and the European society at large. You want to make sure that your needs and expectations are taken into account when local, national and European decisions and innovations are being developed.


The workshop is organised by Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute and XPRO Consulting Limited using the Structured Democratic Dialogue methodology. It will involve citizens, scientists, business representatives, entrepreneurs, local authorities and policy makers in an open dialogue. Together, you will define a common vision and a roadmap of solutions and actions to this challenge. The results, together with the outcomes of the other MARINA workshops in Europe, will be freely accessible on the MARINA Web Knowledge Sharing Platform, used for identifying lessons learned and best practices and disseminated at European policy conferences.

Hilton Park Nicosia

Griva Dighenis Avenue, Nicosia, 1507, Cyprus