Celebrating 5 years of work in the Cyclades

Five (5) years of work in the Cyclades means so much for the CPF that cannot be described in words neither in numbers, but this is how we would report in short what we have achieved so far:

20 islands

65+ projects

€400,000+ invested in environmental initiatives

40+ grantees (partners)

2000+ students directly educated

30+ schools participated

12+ women associations empowered

10+ green volunteers actively involved

80+ professional fishermen trained

150+ wild animals rehabilitated

300+ endemic species plants reforested

20+ supporters from the private sector

20+ strategic partners & local allies

500+ articles in local, national and international press

…while there are many reasons to feel proud for the way we work and the partners we choose to work with, that makes a difference and creates a positive impact, including:

proposing and supporting innovative solutions such as
• the ‘one-rock-dam’ technique to mitigate soil erosion in the fragile cycladic ecosystem with natural materials
• the award winning floating litter collector ‘Seabin’ for ports and marinas
• consuming edible alien marine species instead of historically overfished local species
• a marine litter station for fishermen to deposit used fishing nets
• a small mobile recycling centre promoting the circular economy

introducing new ways to synergize and collaborate such as
• strengthening the relations between islanders through our annual Islanders Forum and the establishment of our Cycladoscope platform to promote dialogue and partnerships
• welcoming green volunteers on the ground and online, to support the local environmental associations

creating a new generation of environmentally aware skillful citizens
• students learn how to
◦ develop mobile applications and promote mild-tourism through mapping the old pathways and trekking routes on their islands
◦ create audiovisual material to speak about the environmental challenges on their islands
• the educational community, as a whole, is inspired to learn more about:
◦ reusing the organic waste composted in school yard bins,
◦ the cycladic local flora that is planted in botanical school gardens,
◦ the risks, benefits and history of plastic use through the ‘Me & My plastic’ programme
◦ biodiversity and sustainable development in the Cyclades through an originally designed table game

encouraging new leaders
• fishermen wanting to protect their seas and livelihoods envision protected areas, engage in fishing tourism, invest time in cleaning our coasts
• local women associations become ambassadors of the circular economy
• support professionals in reducing the environmental footprint of their activities and contributing to positive change

acknowledging the value of habitats and wildlife
• creating a network for transferring injured sea turtles to first aid stations and treatment centers and creating safe conditions for the treatment and rehabilitation of wild life
• recording and monitoring cetaceans, such as dolphins
• protecting posidonia oceanica from uncontrolled boat anchoring

Check out all the CPF grants and initiatives and please support our cause to continue!