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Participate in two workshops about:
How may we develop the Marine Biotechnology as a source of local and sustainable economy in Cyprus?
When: 1st Local Workshop: 21 February 2018 in Nicosia.
2nd International Workshop: 11 April 2018 in Nicosia
Where: Water Museum of the Water Board of Nicosia
Organised by: XPRO Consulting and Cyprus Neuroscience & Technology Institute.
Participants: Scientists, SME owners, policy makers, citizens, funding organisations, civil organisations.
Registration Required by email: Andrea Andreou or Xenia Schneider.
Goal: Mobilisation and mutual learning workshops to openly discuss the challenges and possibilities for creating a national Marine Biotechnology strategy in Cyprus and how to develop this valuable "Blue Growth" sector that Europe is focusing on.
Results: 1) A local Marine Biotechnology Strategy Roadmap for Cyprus; 2) A regional Marine Biotechnology Strategy Roadmap for Cyprus
Format: Highly participatory using the CNTI workshop method Structured Democratic Dialogue.
How to achieve Sustainable Tourism in Cyprus?
Cyprus is a major European tourism destination due to its natural beauty, cultural and historical heritage. It has some of the most remarkable beaches (784 km long coastline) and clear seas in the Mediterranean Sea. Tourism is one of the main sources of the local income with with more than 2 billion Euro/year meaning 18% of Cyprus GDP, which is way above the average EU GDP rate of 10%
contributed by Tourism. Cyprus plays a considerable role in the overall European Union scene and helps raise the total market share of the Mediterranean region to 37.1% .
However, the tourism depends on the natural and cultural heritage of Cyprus, which must be preserved. Under the European funded project MARINA, societal stakeholders (scientists, citizens, tourism industry representatives and policy representatives) met, discussed and agreed on an action roadmap for achieving sustainable tourism in Cyprus. The meeting was organised and facilitated by XPRO Consulting and its Cypriot partner Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute. Download the executive summary to see the roadmap in greater detail.
The workshop is one of the 34 workshops organised by MARINA to raise awareness about the European marine issues and to embed Responsible Research and Innovation in marine sectors such as tourism.
Hot Off the Press: MARINAzine
Check out the first issue of the MARINA newsletter, the H2020 project that is implementing Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) across the European marine sphere.A year on MARINA continues its raising awareness activities by bringing together scientists, policy makers, citizens and industry to work together towards a better marine environment. The 14 partner consortium has just released the first issue of the project's newsletter and you can access it at:
The MARINA Newsletter highlights RRI in its first issue: “MARINAzine. Our engagement with the Ocean. Issue #1 – July 2017”.
Every four months, MARINA will bring to you a newsletter dedicated to one of the six dimensions of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI):
What are you waiting for ? Read all about it here
Building bridges between society and science & Innovation - View of the Lisbon bridge venue for MARINA's 2nd project meeting June 2017
For the first time the world united to save the Ocean in New York, 5-9 June 2017
The Ocean Conference hosted by the United Nations raised awareness about the status of the ocean, the current actions to improve its condition and what must be done in the near future. For the first time non-governmental organisations together with businesses, scientists and politicians sat down to discuss marine issues and decide on solutions.
XPRO Consulting was present and actively participated promoting Responsible Research and Innovation in relation to the EU-funded project MARINA.
More than 1390 Voluntary Commitments have been submitted.
Voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference are initiatives voluntarily undertaken by Governments, the United Nations system, other intergovernmental organizations, international and regional financial institutions, non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations, academic and research institutions, the scientific community, the private sector, philanthropic organizations and other actors - individually or in partnership - that aim to contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. Any voluntary commitments made within the framework of the 2030 Agenda targeting SDG 14 can be registered as voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference. See the report: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/16542Short_Analysis_of_Voluntary_Commitments.pdf
XPRO Consulting with its partner Nausicaa submitted on behalf of the MARINA partnership a voluntary commitment about "Responsible Research and Innovation for ocean conservation and sustainable blue growth"
Every step we make affects the ocean, which affects our well-being.
Driving a car, washing clothes, keeping our house cool, going on holidays, manufacturing, innovating --- all of these actions affect the ocean and its balance. The EU-funded MARINA project is aiming in making us aware of our responsibility and to embed Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in our thinking and actions.
RRI is a European Commission initiative to make research and innovation actions more society conscious by focusing on 6 dimensions: