The 2019 edition of the Coast Day celebration was held in Ayia Napa, Cyprus, on 25 September 2019. PAP/RAC organized the event in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment of Cyprus.
The Deputy Minister for Shipping, the Permanent Secretary for shipping, the Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, the Mayor of Ayia Napa, the Bishop of Ayia Napa and representatives of the Department of Environment of Cyprus attended the event. Ms. Xenia Loizidou, Director of the AKTI Project and Research Centre, was announced as the Coast Day Ambassador for 2019. Participants in the Coast Day event in Cyprus included tourism professionals and local authority officials as well as non-governmental organizations. In addition, the event was attended by UNEP/MAP Coordinator, PAP/RAC Director, representatives of PAP/RAC, SPA/RAC and INFO/RAC, as well as by representatives of Albania, Croatia, Israel, Italy and Lebanon.
The Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Strategy for Cyprus (2018-2030) took centre stage this year. “Let’s be strategic”, the theme selected for this year’s edition, reflects the need to apply a strategic ICZM approach to the management of coastal zones.