Embassy of Malta in Berlin showcases Malta’s efforts in safeguarding its marine living assets

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Jun 13, 2019

During the European Sustainable Development Week, the Embassy of Malta organised a screening of the recently released documentary “Comino: Secret Paradise”. Prof. Alan Deidun, Malta’s Oceans Ambassador and executive producer of the same documentary, was guest speaker. The documentary, funded by the Malta International Airport (MIA) foundation, depicts Comino’s landscape and the marine life surrounding the islands. Representatives from various embassies in Berlin, the German Federal Foreign Office, research and academic institutions, Maltese living in Berlin and members of the public attended the event.

This screening was held as part of a series of events called “Diplomacy for Sustainability” organised by various embassies in Berlin in conjunction with the German Federal Foreign Office during the European Sustainable Development Week. It was aimed at promoting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda. With the screening of the documentary “Comino: A Secret Paradise”, the focus of the event organised by the Embassy of Malta was SDG no. 14, which specifically targets “life below water” and aims at the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources as a key component of a sustainable future.

In her welcoming remarks, Ms Sephora Gauci, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. at the Embassy of Malta in Berlin, spoke about Malta’s commitment to the protection of the seas and oceans. She referred to the Malta’s initiative at the United Nations which spurred a 15-year process that led to the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Ms Gauci also noted that today Malta’s marine protected areas make up 35% of all the waters under its jurisdictions, covering an area larger than the country itself.

In his intervention, Prof. Alan Deidun mentioned Malta’s initiative to convene the first-ever upcoming meeting of Oceans Ambassadors around the world ahead of this year’s Our Oceans conference. He elaborated on the origins and production of “Comino: Secret Paradise” before it was shown.  The audience also got the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look into the making of this documentary. Subsequently, Prof. Deidun engaged in a lively Q&A session with the audience about marine biodiversity, fishing, marine protected areas, as well as sustainable tourism.

The documentary “Comino: Secret Paradise” can be viewed online on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwpMknn1XBE&t=38s 


Welcoming remarks by Ms Sephora Gauci


Prof. Alan Deidun answering questions by the audience




Stills from the documentary “Comino: Secret Paradise”​