At ‘Our Ocean Conference’ Malta (6/10), Minister of State Ciarán Cannon committed over €6m in marine research and development to support Ireland’s contribution to promoting and protecting the world’s marine resources.
World leaders made over four hundred commitments towards developing opportunities for cooperation, innovation and entrepreneurship; identifying marine protected areas; climate change; sustainable fisheries; marine pollution; marine security and developing a sustainable blue economy.
€1m (2018-2021) in R&D on food and nutrition security; sustainable supply of high added-value chains/products (bioenergy, pharmaceuticals, algae-based cosmetics)
€1m per annum (2018-2021) towards research vessel ship time for activities agreed under the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance – Galway Statement implementation (seabed mapping & ocean observation)
€4m per annum for seabed mapping programme, INFOMAR. Since 1999, Ireland has committed €50m to this programme wihch produces data that feeds directly into the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) and helps support AORA.
Committment to roll out Global Citizenship:Marine Environment eduction module from September 2017, in cooperation with the International Eco Schools programme. The programme aims to increase ocean literacy by fostering understanding of the important role the oceans play in everyday life
€320,000 for Clean Coasts 2017, including the Green Coast Award and committment for ongoing funding. Operated by An Taisce, the programme encourages communities to work with local authorities to protect Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life.
Expansion of Fishing for Litter programme to include an additional two ports and 15 vessels to the existing seven ports and 46 trawlers already in the scheme
Reaffirmation that by end of 2018, Ireland will introduce national legislation to prohibit the sale or manufacture of certain products containing microbeads (cosmetics, cleaning products, detergents)
€50,000 to three UN trust funds in 2017, to assist developing states engage with the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf; to assist with the work of the UN Regular Process for global reporting and assessment of the marine environment, and to assit developing states to particiate in the work of the UN Preparatory Commitee on a new legal instrument for conservation and sustainable development of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. Since 2003, Ireland has contributed over €800,000 to these trust funds.