Project:                          Awareness Raising for Civil Engineers on Green Economy

Grant Program:              EU Funded INNOVATION AND CHANGE IN EDUCATION VI Grant Scheme

Grant Contract number:  2016/373-593

 

International Green Opportunities for Developing Economy Conference (GODEC) 2019

Small island countries, such as Cyprus, have certain common difficulties in terms of their constraints in sustainable development and competitiveness;

  • small population and small territory, insufficient natural resources;
  • lack of human capital and qualified labour force;
  • narrowness of markets, difficulty of developing high scale economies;
  • lack of adequately organised transportation means and high communication costs;
  • high dependence on imports, low volume of exports and production;
  • difficulties in accessing foreign markets and vulnerabilities to political, economic and financial shockwaves;
  • fragile environmental conditions etc.

Having this in mind, the northern part of Cyprus is therefore showing both the characteristics of developed and developing world communities.

The ongoing environmental deterioration by human activities seriously threatens current global economic and social development. The “creation of green jobs” has been recognized as an important indicator for sustainable development and it is expected to provide decent work that improves the well-being of the population and social development, while preserving the natural environment.

The Chamber of Civil Engineers / İnşaat Mühendisleri Odası (IMO) aims to build the capacity of its members and locals bypromoting green jobs to professionals employed and unemployed in construction sector. The Chamber aims to support innovation & entrepreneurship while contributing to the creation of more and better jobs to increase employment in private sector.

To this end, IMO has signed a grant contract with the European Commission on 31 October 2016 with an overall objective to contribute to the employability of civil engineers in the northern part of Cyprus with the introduction of new skills and technical rules in line with the international standards. The action aims at addressing the needs of the target groups by enlightening them with new skills and competencies; highlighting the green job opportunities, providing knowledge on internationally recognised FIDIC rules, and developing the soft skills competencies of civil engineers in order to enhance their participation in the knowledge economy and increase their employability.

The green jobs are jobs that contribute to preserve or restore the environment in traditional sectors such as manufacturing and construction, or in new, emerging green sectors such as renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Green jobs help:

  • Improve energy and raw materials efficiency
  • Limit greenhouse gas emissions
  • Minimize waste and pollution
  • Protect and restore ecosystems
  • Support adaptation to the effects of climate change

 

This specific project is developed with an overall objective to prepare a “report on green job opportunities in the northern part of Cyprus”, organize a “Innovative Green Business Idea Competition” and announce outputs of these activities in an annual international conference. All will then be used for raising awareness among IMO members, other professional organisations and public on green economy and green job opportunities in the northern part of Cyprus together with promoting and boosting entrepreneurship.

The green jobs are jobs that contribute to preserve or restore the environment and they are in traditional sectors such as manufacturing and construction, or in new, emerging green sectors such as renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Green jobs help:

•   Improve energy and raw materials efficiency

•   Limit greenhouse gas emissions

•   Minimize waste and pollution

•   Protect and restore ecosystems

•   Support adaptation to the effects of climate change

This specific project is developed with an overall objective to prepare a “report on green job opportunities in the northern part of Cyprus”, organize a “Innovative Green Business Idea Competition” and announce outputs of these activities in an annual international conference. All will then be used for raising awareness among IMO members, other professional organisations and public on green economy and green job opportunities in the northern part of Cyprus together with promoting & boosting entrepreneurship.

THEMES

1.   Efficient use of Construction Materials

2.  Sustainable Transport

3.  Environment Protection & Protected Area Management

4.  Energy Efficiency

5.  Water Management

6.  Food Safety

7.  Sustainable Farming

8.  Rural Tourism

9.  Building Piece through Promotion of Sustainable Development

10. Green Job Opportunities in Circular Economy