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Seminar on the Blue Economy: Living with the Ocean and from the Ocean in a Sustainable Relationship
Gozo, Malta, 19 May 2018

This seminar organised in partnership by the Ministry for Gozo, the International Ocean Institute, Institute of  Earth Systems and the University of Malta explored the concept of the Blue Economy and its potential to increase the long-term benefits of the sustainable use of marine resources. It addressed the different aspects of the Blue Economy and how the concept can be understood in its macro and micro dimensions, taking into account its original concepts and their regional and national reinterpretation, with emphasis on its importance to islands and their special vulnerabilities. 

 Moderator Prof Louis F Cassar and 2 of the panellists

The Hon Dr Justyne Caruana, Minister for Gozo, opened the event, which was moderated by Prof Louis F Cassar (Director, Institute of Earth Systems, and Rector's Delegate for the Gozo Campus, University of Malta and Governor of the IOI).

 The Hon Minister Dr Justyne Caruana opened the seminar

The panellists consisted of Dr Awni Behnam (IOI Honorary President) who delivered a keynote speech titled “The Blue Economy: Fifty Shades of Blue”; Mr Bonapas Onguglo (Head, Trade Analysis Branch, UN Convention on Trade and Development - UNCTAD, Geneva) presented on “National and Regional Blue Economy Strategies”; Dr Stefano Moncada (Lecturer, Institute for European Studies; board member, Islands and Small States Institute, University of Malta) elaborated on “Vulnerabilities of Islands and the Blue Economy”; and Ms Vicky Xuereb (Director, EcoGozo Regional Development Directorate, Ministry for Gozo) gave a presentation titled “Achieving a Blue Economy on Gozo: Case Studies and experiences from the ECO-Gozo Project”.

 Dr Awni Behnam, IOI Honorary President

The seminar concluded successfully with a lively question and answer session and a panel discussion.

Audience members at the seminar

This information was published in the July 2018 edition of the IOI Newsletter (IOIHQ/ES 0318) and is reproduced here with permission. Photo credits: Ms Antonella Vassallo.

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