FAVIGNANA (ITALPRESS/MNA) – The value of the sea is one of the activities carried out by Marevivo for the “Egadi Islands” Marine Protected Area as part of the AMPPA project. In particular, this involves the set up of laboratories and educational courses aimed at primary and secondary school students on the following topics: MPAs and protected species and ecosystems.
Many initiatives are carried out in schools, with the aim of involving students through a training course of growth and awareness on marine ecosystem emergencies.
“My protected marine area: what can I do for my territory” is the name of the workshop, organized by Marevivo, which took place on 18 September in Favignana, involving three elementary classes. The aim was to raise awareness on the area through the study of history, natural heritage and traditions linked to fishing. The characteristics of the MPAs, the protection actions for the defense of the territory were also explained and a field trip and an ecological day are planned.
On 19 September, again in Favignana, at the “Antonino Rallo” Comprehensive Institute, a workshop entitled “A Blue Table” was organized to raise awareness on the sea and learn how to use its resources in a sustainable way.
More meetings were held for the schools, on 20 and 21 September, then again on 25 September, there is another event; “visit to the area – port and beach cleaning” and on 26 September a final event with an exhibition.
PALERMO (ITALPRESS/MNA) -There are numerous activities carried out by the “Isola di Ustica” Marine Protected Area in collaboration with Marevivo as part of the “AMPPA – Marine Protected Areas and Artisanal Fishing” project, in schools, with the aim of involving students through a series of training for the development and awareness on marine ecosystem emergencies.
“My protected marine area: what can I do for my territory” and “A blue table” are two workshops organized by Marevivo, scheduled in Baia del Corallo, in Via Plauto 27, in Sferracavallo, on 20 and 26 September.
Following the experience of 15 and 19 September, in which the Lombardo Radice institute and De Amicis – L. Vinci respectively participated in the laboratory, on 20 September it is the turn of the I.C.S. Gugliemo Marconi and on the 26th of Cruillas.
The mission is to raise awareness among students through a training course in which they can understand the emergencies of the marine ecosystem.
Girls and boys can learn through the study of history, natural heritage and traditions related to fishing. They can include the actions implemented against illegal fishing, the traceability of fish, learning about sustainable fishing and responsible consumption.
The AMPPA project is financed under the INTERREG V-A Italy-Malta Program with priority axis: III (protection of the environment and promotion of efficient use of resources); specific objective: 3.1 (Contribute to stop the loss of terrestrial and marine biodiversity in the area by maintaining and restoring ecosystems and protected areas). Lead partner: Municipality of Favignana – Managing body of the “Egadi Islands” Marine Protected Area; partners: Regional Department of Mediterranean Fisheries; Municipality of Ustica – Managing body of the Marine Protected Area of the Island of Ustica; the Gharb Local Council; the Ghajnsielem Local Council.
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LA VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – The Maltese government has issued an international call for applications for local and foreign enterprises to invest in innovative solutions and develop Maltàs blue economy, while establishing a base from which they can keep growing. Local and international enterprises will benefit from 4 million in funds from Malta Enterprise if they develop sustainable projects in the blue economy which create quality jobs. During the launch of ‘Blue Med Focal Point’, which is intended to attract these type of companies, the Minister for Enterprise Miriam Dalli, said that with these initiatives, marks a new target in Malta to create a sustainable economy. With territorial waters which are 13 times larger than Maltàs land area, Malta Enterprise has set up the Blue Med Focal Point to attract businesses with innovative ideas in the blue economy, with operations which will be sustainable. Economist Stephanie Vella said that the potential of the blue economy in Malta is considerable because it is in the middle the Mediterranean. “We have around 15% of the value which is generated in the economy made up of sectors which depend on the sea. In terms of employment, it is much larger because you have almost 30% of jobs which depend on the sea, one way or the other.”
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LA VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela declared once again Maltàs support for Ukraine and called for Russia to stop its aggression against the country. During his address at the United Nations general assembly, Maltàs Premier declared “We cannot relinquish ourselves to living in a world where might is right”. Abela said that when the Russian Federation began its aggresion against Ukraine last year, it was violating Ukrainès sovereignty and territorial integrity. These acts constitute a blatant violation of the UN charter and also a violation of international law,” Abela said. He noted that Russiàs actions had been overwhelmingly deplored and rejected by the UN general assembly which called for Russiàs immediate withdrawal of its military forces and a cessation of hostilities. “This war profoundly undermines the multilateral system,” adding “the long term consequences of such actions by a permanent member of this council cannot be emphasised enough”. Robert Abela reiterated Maltàs full support for Ukrainès independence, sovereigity and territorial integrity within its internatinally recognised borders. “I equally underline Ukrainès inherent right to self defence,” he added. Ukrainian people, Abela said, paid the heaviest price as a result of “this unjustified and unprovoked war of aggression”. Through its actions, Russia not only did bring war back to Europès shores but also generated a global food crisis that has seriously impacted mostly developing countries around the world. “Using hunger and food supplies as weapons of war is completely unacceptable,” Abela said.
He said that there can be no peace if the strong can trample on the weak, if international law can be brushed aside, if geopolitical interests so demand and if the rights of states and individuals can be suspended or revoked at any time. He maintained that during these turbulent times the Security Council must be informed on the necessary measures needed for today’s world. “In this time of upheaval” he said, “our collective reply is to redouble our efforts and continue to invest in our multilateral system. In doing so, we must also reform this Council to make sure it is truly fit for purpose in today’s world – a Council that is more transparent, more effective, more representative, more accountable, and more democratic”. Maltàs committment to dialogue, peace and multilateralism, Abela said, remained as strong as ever. “We remain firm in our resolve to stay at the forefront of the defence of the United Nations charter.” No matter how difficult or disheartening circumstances may seem we must never give up on peace and dialogue, he said.
He said the nuclear threat still hangs as well as climate change while democracies and human rights are coming under continual attacks. “More than ever, the world needs an effective multilateral system with the United Nations at its core. We must redouble efforts to uphold and defend the fundamental principles that unite us. We must promote our common values at a time when they are being undermined and threatened. We must protect them and adequately respond to any contempt for such values”, Abela said.
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LA VALLETTA (ITALPRESS/MNA) – The Maltese transport authorities has registered an increase in the purchase of hybrid and electric cars as a result of government grants from national and European funds.
Transport Malta, the national authority overseeing the transport sector announced that there were 3,738 plug-in hybrid cars and 7,362 electric vehicles in Malta and Gozo by the end of August 2023.
This increase in numbers, according to TM, demonstrated such grants were “well received” by the public. The government boosted its funding for sustainable transportation to 28.4 million, of which 13.4 million came from national funds and 15 million came from the Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP).
These schemes have reached over 5,549 beneficiaries, while 23.2 million of the 28.4 million allocated funds have already been accessed.
Transport Malta said Malta was successful in obtaining EU funds through the Recovery and Resilience Plan as a contribution to address issues with the sharp rise in energy consumption and waste creation brought on by, “rapid population growth, employment, and GDP growth in recent years”.
These funds, totaling 50.3 million, were intended to be dispersed over a period of three years, with 15 million being allocated in 2022, 15 million more being allocated in 2023, and 20.3 million by the end of 2024.
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LA VALLETTA (ITALPRESS/MNA) – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is in Moscow for high-level security talks with Kremlin officials following his meeting in Malta with Jake Sullivan, the United States national security advisor to President Joe Biden.
The bilateral talks in Malta focused on a potential leaders’ meeting and other issues in the relationship including Chinàs support for the Russiàs invasion of Ukraine.
Wang is in Russia on a four-day visit. He began his trip by conferring with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. “The more violent the unilateral actions of hegemony and bloc confrontation become, the more important for us to keep up with the times, show a sense of duty as great powers, and further fulfill our international obligations,” Wang said during his talks with Lavrov.
Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of Russiàs Security Council chaired by President Vladimir Putin, told Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi that the Russian leader is set to hold “substantive” talks with Chinese leader Xi Jinping during next month’s trip to Beijing to attend a summit of the Chinese Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.
Beijing has sought to project itself as neutral in the Ukraine conflict, even while it has refused to condemn Moscow’s actions and declared last year that it had a “no-limits” friendship with Russia. China has denounced Western sanctions against Moscow and accused NATO and the United States of provoking Putin’s military action.
Beijing has also proposed a peace plan that was largely dismissed by Ukrainès allies who insist that Moscow must withdraw its forces from the neighboring country.
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LA VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) (ITALPRESS) – Malta registered the second-highest increase in overnight stays during the first half of the year when compared to the rest of the EU. The increase was by over 30% when compared to the same period last year. According to a recent Eurostat report, only Cyprus registered more overnight stays, an increase of just over 39%.
The report said: “The EU tourism industry is experiencing a strong recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic”, adding “in the first half of 2023, the number of nights spent in tourist accommodations reached its highest level in the past decade, signalling a notable resurgence in the industry’s performance in many countries”. From January to June, Malta registered over 4.3 million overnight stays, a remarkable increase from the 3.3 million in the same period the year before. June was the strongest month with 900,000 stays, accounting for just over one-fifth of the total. However, it was also the month that saw the least increase, at over 86,000 more stays. Meanwhile, March registered the greatest increase in the number of stays, with nearly 230,000 more overnight visits than in the same month in 2022. All months recorded an increase when compared to the previous year before. Across the EU, there were almost 1.2 billion overnight stays in tourist accommodation from January to June, an increase of nearly 11 million from the same period the year before and far above the 400 million in 2021.
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FAVIGNANA (TRAPANI) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – Success for the Egadi Blu Fest: the sea at the center of events, meetings, and tastings. A week of events on environmental awareness organized by the Municipality of Favignana, the managing entity of the “Egadi Islands” Marine Protected Area as part of the “AMPPA – Marine Protected Areas and Artisanal Fishing”, financed by the INTERREG V-A Italy-Malta Programme.
A series of environmental awareness initiatives on the themes of artisanal fishing, environmental sustainability, and the protection of protected areas characterized the festival which, through different means and languages, involved a large and attentive audience.
Following the “marine” workshops for children and the information points on the islands of Levanzo, Marettimo, and Favignana, the event came to life with two days dedicated to history, music, food, and local traditions. The underlying theme of the initiatives was one of the founding objectives of the cross-border cooperation project “A.M.P.P.A.”, which is the spreading of culture on the good and sustainable use of natural heritage. On stage, various protagonists took part and conveyed messages from different points of views about their passion and love for the sea.
Yesterday the festival ended with a cooking show dedicated to the importance and value of the blue fish, a unique show thanks to the talent of Peppe Giuffrè Cuciniere who cooked and shared a world of millenary traditions linked to cooking, fishing, and music of the Ciumara who fascinated those present with traditional “songs and enchantment”.
“We are happy to have seen great participation in the information and entertainment events of the AMPPA Project”, underlined the director of the Marine Protected Area Salvatore Livreri Console. “It is important to work in this sense to increase the sense of community and responsibility of citizens, tourists, and new generations for the protection of our great cultural and environmental heritage linked to the sea as well as artisanal and sustainable fishing.” “In addition to the protection of the sea and its natural habitats, the challenge in the coming months is that of concrete support for artisanal fishing activities so as not to lose, especially among the new generations, a profession which is a heritage of wisdom that our fishermen have been handed down over the centuries”, said the mayor Francesco Forgione. “But European regulations and the crisis in the sector also due to fuel costs risk bringing the entire sector to its knees”.
The “Egadi Islands”, the leader of the “AMPPA” project aims to contribute to the protection and safeguarding of the marine and terrestrial biodiversity of the marine protected areas (on the islands of Sicily and Malta) through the creation of systems and services for the protection and restoration of cross-border biodiversity. Project partners are the Regional Department of Mediterranean Fisheries, the Municipality of Ustica – the managing body of the Marine Protected Area of the Island of Ustica, the Gharb Local Council, and the Ghajnsielem Local Council.
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LA VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – During the recent days, high level talks between the United States and China were held in Malta. Tension between the world’s largest two economies was incited by a number of factors. Relations between the two sides are not considered good following the incident of the Chinese spy balloon that was dropped in the United States and Chinàs support to Russia in the war against Ukraine. The bilateral talks hosted in Malta focused on a potential leaders’ meeting and other issues in the relationship including Chinàs support to the Russian war in Ukraine. The meeting is being seen as “a significant step in US efforts” to repair the deeply strained relations. The last time the two presidents met was last November during the G20 summit in Indonesia. The diplomatic meeting was between Jake Sullivan, the United States national security advisor to President Joe Biden, and Wang Yi, the Peoplès Republic of China Foreign Minister, who were also accompanied by their respective delegations. A meeting was also held between Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela and Jake Sullivan. Both highlighted that the stability of the Mediterranean region is of paramount importance for global peace and security. Abela underlined the importance of global peace as a fundamental prerequisite for a prosperous world where the quality of life for people and communities enables nations to cooperate and address global challenges. In a statement, the Office of the Prime Minister said the weekend hosting of these discussions by Malta reaffirmed Maltàs longstanding role as a natural and safe place for holding high-level diplomatic discussions. “When called upon like these past days, Malta will continue to give its part to facilitate more open channels of communications in line with its longstanding position of advocating for a more just, peaceful and prosperous future”.
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VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – The EuroPride activities, held in Malta for the first time, reached their peak late last night with Christina Aguilera entertained a jam packed concert at Florianàs main square just outside Valletta.
The 42 year old Grammy-award-winning singer and songwriter took the stage following Maltàs most joyful and colourful Pride March with the participation of thousands of Maltese, and foreigners in a symbolic march in favour of love, diversity and inclusion.
Aguilera kicked off the much-anticipated concert with her electro song ‘Your Body’ which immediately electrified the party as the crowd danced and sang along to hits like ‘Dirty’, ‘Hold Us Down’, ‘Moves like Jagger’, ‘Genie in a Bottlè.
While referring to her beautiful moments in a beautiful place like Malta, Aguilera spoke up about her personal life. “I was at a point in my life where I had a lot of questions, where to go next, what to do,” she said. “In the end, you have to be your own voice and have faith that there will be better days.”
Then she went on to perform ‘Say Something’ and the 2002 award-winning track ‘Beautiful’, where many people were seen holding hands or hugging friends and partners. The song is known to be an unofficial anthem for the LGBTIQ+ community for its message of self-empowerment, self-love, and acceptance.
“Our message for everybody tonight is to love each other,” the singer told the crowd. Aguilera ended her show with the track ‘Let There Be Lovè, with the stage screen showing a background of rainbow colours and hearts.
A festive atmosphere dominated the streets of Floriana and Valletta throughout the day with thousands holding the rainbow flags, painted faces, all with a common goal, to celebrate love. Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela and Opposition Leader Bernard Grech were also present for yesterday’s Pride March.
Earlier in the day, Labour MEP Cyrus Engerer and Labour MP Randolph De Battista, a couple and two prominent LGBTQ+ personalities in Maltese politics, became the first gay couple to deliver speeches in the Maltese Parliament. Their heartfelt and inspiring addresses served as an evidence to the progress made in Malta on LGBTQ+ rights and the work that still lies ahead.
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