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Large Ocean Nations’ Forum on Blue Growth underway in Malta

Interesting discussions underway in Malta.

As highlighted on our Blue Growth blog last week, an interesting event opened this week, the Large Ocean Nations Forum on Blue Growth -  click here to see our earlier blog post.

Hosted 2-4 October in Malta, just prior to the Our Ocean Conference, the event is part of a three-year project headed by the Faroe Islands’ Ministry of Fisheries.

Participants from the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Seychelles, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Cabo Verde, Sao Tome e Principe, Vanuatu and Grenada are taking part, alongside participants from FAO, and sharing ideas and knowledge about how to promote Blue Growth activities in their respective countries. 

According to Beyersdorff, the ‘Large Oceans’ Nations’ title was well appreciated by participants.

Many small island developing states may indeed have small land masses, but their surrounding ocean territories can be vast.

Panelists discuss case studies that illustrate innovative actvities taking place on their island nations.

One of the interesting aspects of Blue Growth initiatives is that they are working to harness the potential of that surrounding ocean territory to benefit island dwellers and their economic growth and development– something high on the agenda this week.

Participants are discussing how the oceans currently provide only 4% of the world’s food – and participants from large ocean nations’ believe this percentage can increase to meet the growing global demand for food for our growing planet.

New products have been discussed in these days, including seaweed production. “Today we discussed that seaweed can grow ten times faster than regular crop production,” according to Beyersdorff.

This impressive production can be expanded and used for food for human and animal food production, health products, medicines, and multiple other uses.

There are a lot of exciting ideas being raised at these discussions, and we look forward to hearing more proposals and best practices emerging from these large ocean nations. Follos us here on this blog and at the Twitter hashtag #OurOcean.
 

Dr Hoao Gomes Pessoa General Director of Fisheries Sao Tome and Principe.
Sveinn Margeirsson, CEO, Matis Ltd, Iceland.
Jeff Ardron, Ocean Governance Adviser, Commonweslth Secretariat.
Active discussion at the Malta Forum.
Participants listening to presentation of matching North-South business cases.
Repesentatives from Papua New Guinea.
At the Large Ocean Nations’ Forum, islands discuss ways to better utilize the often vast ocean territories that surround them.

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