Malta participates in the Archipelagic Island States Forum in Bali, Indonesia

Malta participates in the Archipelagic Island States Forum in Bali, Indonesia

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Dec 14, 2022
 

On 5th and 6th December 2022, Malta participated in the 4th Ministerial Meeting of the  Archipelagic Island States Forum  ( AIS Forum ) which was held in the island of Bali, Indonesia.  The AIS Forum is a platform which brings together 47 archipelagic and island states to foster cooperation in four thematic areas these being the blue economy; mitigation of climate change and disasters, marine pollution due to plastic waste and good ocean and maritime governance. Malta was represented by the Maltese High Commissioner to India, resident in New Delhi, H.E. Reuben  Gauci, who travelled from India to Indonesia specifically for this conference. 

The theme of the 4th Ministerial Meeting was “Elevating AIS Forum Collaboration for Sustainable and Healthy Oceans”.  During the Conference High Commissioner Gauci read the statement of the Minister for Foreign, European and Trade Affairs, Hon Ian Borg, which statement underlined the importance of the blue economy which is equivalent to the size of the world’s seventh-largest economy.


Malta’s intervention at the AIS Forum underscored that from sustainable aquaculture to offshore energy production, developing the Sustainable Blue Economy would mitigate climate change, create vast employment in blue-green industries, and provide the planet with the medicines and healthy nutrition required for a secure future.


In its statement, Malta also mentioned two projects that the University of Malta had developed.  The first being the Andromeda microplastic citizen science campaign, a smartphone app which uses artificial intelligence to analyse photos of microplastics taken by the app user, teaching users how to identify such plastics over time which app is currently operational in Europe. The second is the development of energy storage batteries for offshore energy solutions called the FLASC project (Floating Liquid-piston Accumulator using Seawater under Compression).

 

Finally, Malta emphasized that Education is an important ally in the development of the sustainable blue economy, mentioning that senior schools in Malta are participating in ‘the Blue Schools’ initiative. It was stated that Malta was well placed to offer capacity building in several areas of ocean governance through the International Ocean Institute, headquartered in Malta, with several centres around the world, and the International Maritime Law Institute, also situated in Malta.

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