Nicosia Municipality, lead partner of the consortium for the Programme “New Channels for Integration” has organized a discussion forum of the Network of Cooperation involving immigrant organizations, NGO’s and Local Authorities under the title “Τhe contribution of immigrants towards achieving the goals of sustainable waste management in Cyprus: The role of effective information and involvement at the level of the local community”.
The forum brought together more than 30 participants representing several immigrant communities that live and work in Nicosia as well as Local Authorities and NGO’s. During the event, Nicosia’s policies regarding waste management and the framework of actions for the Programme period of 2014-2020 were presented by Michael Lagos, Municipal Health Inspector of Nicosia Municipality. During the same occasion, a project regarding waste reduction, reuse and recycling funded by the EU Program LIFE+ under the title “RETHINK” was presented by George Kirkos, project manager.
The participants had the opportunity to inform themselves about waste management as well as express their views and opinions during the fruitful discussion following the presentations. Project Manager Roula Thoma, European Affairs Officer of Nicosia, mentioned that “the EU considers waste management a priority and local authorities all over Europe are required to adopt measures in order to achieve sustainable waste management. But for a policy to be implemented successfully, the whole society must be actively involved. We believe that the contribution of immigrants towards achieving the goals of sustainable waste management policies is important”.
The discussion forum took place within the framework of the project “Integration programmes by Local Authorities” co-funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the EU and the Republic of Cyprus. The programme “New Channels for Integration” is implemented for the 5th consecutive year with the aim to assist the integration of third country nationals in the local community through various actions and services. The consortium includes the Municipality of Nicosia (lead partner), the Municipalities of Agios Dometios, Egomi and Lakatamia, the Nicosia Municipality Multifunctional Foundation and the consultants Losadeal ltd and NVK Advent Consulting Ltd.