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Environmental protection at forefront of UNic philosophy

At the tree-planting ceremony

The cooperation of the Cypriot Sustainable Tourism Initiative (CSTI) with the University of Nicosia has been formalised and in cooperation with the municipality of Engomi they symbolically planted nine cypress trees in the Ourania Gogaki Petridou park as part of the green strategic plan of the university.
With the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, a collaboration that began a decade ago between the University of Nicosia (UNic) and the CSTI was officially sealed.
It all began with the successful co-organised international conference ‘Waste Management Conference: The Prospects in the Cyprus Hospitality and Tourism Industry’.
The signing of the relevant memorandum took place at the University of Nicosia by the president of the university council, Nicos Kartakoullis, and the head of CSTI Philippos Droushiotis, in the presence of environment commissioner Ioanna Panayiotou. Panayiotou said such actions and programmes are necessary to promote environmental protection and sustainable tourism.
Afterwards, Kartakoulis and Droushiotis went to the nearby Ourania Gogaki Petridou park, where Engomi mayor, Zacharias Kyriacou, together with representatives of the municipality, the forestry department, the environment commissioner, and volunteering students from the University of Nicosia, symbolically planted nine cypress trees. In the near future, another 12 will be planted, creating another green corner at the UNic campus, while a long-term goal is to plant several hundred trees in Engomi.
“The University of Nicosia is open to such initiatives and promotes many actions to protect the environment, as it is part of the University’s green strategic plan,” Kartakoullis said.
The Memorandum of Understanding is valid for five years with the intention of renewing it for a further five years and, among other things, provides for the development of joint research proposals in the field of sustainable tourism development and mutual support for strengthening the cooperation between the tourism industry and the university.

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