International Conferences / Journals

A community-based approach for site-specific policies and solutions on marine litter: the example of Paphos, Cyprus

Environmental Systems and Decisions 2020, in-print (online first) Abstract: We are living in the ‘plasticene’ era. Marine plastic pollution is a global problem, and increasing effort and funds are being invested towards identifying and implementing solutions. It is well accepted that the implemented solutions should take into account local specificities and culture, which requires the involvement […]

Circular Bioeconomy in Action: Collection and Recycling of Domestic Used Cooking Oil through a Social, Reverse Logistics System

Recycling 2019, 4(2), 16 Abstract: The inappropriate disposal of millions of tons of domestically produced used cooking oil (UCO), either down domestic household drains or in landfill, causes significant detrimental effects on the environment but also constitutes the loss of a valuable resource, since used cooking oil is a sought-after feedstock for biodiesel production. This paper presents […]

Persistent marine litter: small plastics and cigarette butts remain on beaches after organized beach cleanups

Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Volume 190: 414 Abstract Cyprus is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean whose economy is largely dependent on coastal tourism. It boasts some of the cleanest waters in Europe and has the largest number of Blue Flag awarded beaches per capita in the world. These beaches are managed by […]

Methodologies to support coastal management – A stakeholder preference and planning tool and its application

Marine Policy, Volume 94, August 2018, Pages 150–157 Abstract: Stakeholder involvement plays a crucial role within Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) and is considered beneficial for gaining trust and knowledge and reducing conflicts. Nevertheless, disagreement and opposition among stakeholders and lack of manager experiences in participatory approaches have caused delays in ICM processes. A major challenge is […]

Marine Strategy Framework Directive: Innovative and participatory decision-making method for the identification of common measures in the Mediterranean [in Marine Policy]

Marine Policy, Volume 84, July 2017, Pages 82–89,714MVC~Z Abstract: The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) is the European Commission’s flagship initiative for the protection of the European Seas, and the first holistic approach to ensuring that European Seas reach and are maintained at what is called a ‘Good Environmental Status’ by the year 2020. […]

Decision-Support in Waste Management: The DeCyDe-4-Sustainability Case

A paper by Xenia I. Loizidou and Michael I. Loizides, presented at the 4th International Conference on Sustainable Waste Management, CYPRUS 2016. Abstract: The factors that influence public policy decision making are becoming increasingly numerous and complicated and there is a recognized need to move away from a purely conceptual and theoretical approach to a […]

Marine strategy framework directive: Defining joint monitoring opportunities for the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea, through dedicated decision making workshops and innovative policy tools [in Marine Policy]

Marine Policy, Volume 67, May 2016, Pages 76–82 doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2016.02.007 Abstract: The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) is an important milestone for the preservation of the European marine environment. However, Member States can find its monitoring requirements challenging, particularly where it regards the definition and implementation of joint monitoring programmes between neighbouring countries. The challenges are even […]

Enhancing public awareness and promoting co-responsibility for marine litter in Europe: The challenge of MARLISCO [in Marine Pollution Bulletin]

Marine Pollution Bulletin, Volume 102, Issue 2, pp. 309-315 A paper co-authored by ISOTECH staff on the methods implemented by the MARLISCO project in order to promote co-responsibility and enhance public awareness about the issue of marine litter. Abstract: Marine litter is a pervasive and complex societal problem but has no simple solution. Inadequate practices […]