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Ireland announces commitments at Our Ocean Conference in Malta


Ireland announces commitments at Our Ocean Conference in Malta



Delivering Ireland’s National commitments at the Our Ocean Conference in Malta today, Minister of State Ciarán Cannon T.D. will stress the importance to Ireland of promoting and protecting the world’s marine resources, for present and for future generations.


In highlighting Ireland’s contribution to this goal, Minister Cannon is announcing over €6 million in funding in the area of marine research. He will also announce the roll out of a groundbreaking Global Citizenship, Marine Environment education module for school children from September 2017 onwards.


In advance of the announcement, the Minister noted:


“…this programme will increase ocean literacy by fostering understanding of the important role our oceans play in our lives, how individual actions can affect them and how we can act together to protect them”.


The Minister will further commit €320,000 in funding to the Clean Coasts programme for 2017. This programme comprises Clean Coasts Volunteering with over 550 Clean Coasts volunteer groups established in Ireland to date. The programme is operated by An Taisce and is funded by the Department of the Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government. Sinead McCoy, Coastal Communities Manager with An Taisce, presented the initiative at the Conference this week, and will join Minister Cannon in a Facebook Live conversation with Northampton National School in Kinvara County Galway. By speaking to the students from the Malta conference, Minister Cannon will highlight the global impact of local action, which is at the core of engaging children in protecting our environment through education.


Additional commitments include the expansion of the 2015 Fishing for Litter programme and continued contributions to support developing countries engagement at the UN on issues relating to marine governance.


Minister Cannon will also reaffirm Ireland’s commitment to prohibit the sale or manufacture of certain products containing microbeads, announced at the UN in June of this year.


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