Paphos and Polis – Chrysochous – Cyprus

Vision & objectives

To create eco-innovative support mechanisms to lower transaction costs for EMAS implementation for participating SMEs and reduce the dependency of SMEs on external expertise, Use EMAS for branding, marketing and communication of the tourist product

Funding

Funding will be provided by the National Subsidy Scheme for EMAS implementation, promoted by the Department of Environment of the Ministry Agriculture Natural Resource and Environment

EMAS verification by April 2011

Stakeholders

Regarding the regional and touristic development of the Cluster there are several important stakeholders:

  • Local authorities (Kathikas, Miliou) and municipalities (Polis Chrysohous, Paphos)
  • Tourism organizations (Cyprus Agrotourism company under Cyprus Tourism Organization)
  • Touristic service providers: accommodation services, restaurants, other touristic attractions
  • Regional development agencies

The coach

Aeoliki

In the MOVE-IT project, Aeoliki was responsible for the coaching of 2 clusters in Cyprus and the organisation of trainings for tourism agents in Cyprus.

Labels ands brands in the region

EMAS

The European EMAS Regulation specifies the requirements to comply with when setting up an Environmental Management System (EMS). It is a voluntary scheme. EMAS goes beyond...

ISO 14001 : 2004

ISO 14001 is a voluntary scheme which specifies the 18 requirements and the 52 check points to comply with when setting up an Environmental Management...

The region

Description

Polis (or Polis Chrysochous) is a small town at the northwest end of the island of Cyprus, at the center of Chrysochous Bay, and on the edge of the Akamas peninsula nature reserve. It is a quiet tourist resort, the inhabitants' income being supplemented by agriculture and fishing. Polis is served by the fishing port of Latsi—a pole of attraction all the year round and reputed for its fish taverns, its sea-sport facilities and boat rides up to Akamas—a must for all Polis visitors. However, the great advantage of Polis is its close vicinity to the utmost beautiful Akamas peninsula, a nature reserve area destined to become a National Park, with its renowned Baths of Aphrodite. Α walk along its nature trails accompanied by the panoramic view of the bay of Polis is a unique experience.
Pafos is located on the southwest coast of the island and is sheltered from the north by the Troodos mountains. It has a temperate climate, one of the healthiest in the whole Mediterranean.

Policies

Sustainable tourism is an opportunity to promote quality economies in this area. Tourist facilities (hotels, restaurants etc) through Cyprus Tourist Organization try to achieve this aim.
The main challenges of the tourist sector in Cyprus towards the sustainable development are its image and perception in the primary source markets, due to the publicity associated with Cyprus during the peak summer months, and the seasonality of operations as most businesses close during the winter period due to lack of demand.

Boundaries and Certifications

Each SME has implemented an environmental management system meeting the requirements of EMAS. The certification focusses on the building and the purchasing policy of the SMEs.