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Empowering Coastal Futures through Corporate Social Responsibility and Environment, Social, and Governance values

As I stepped into the role of AIS Youth Delegate, representing Cyprus at the Archipelagic and Island States (AIS) Youth Conference 2023, I found myself at the intersection of technology, innovation, and ocean sustainability. My background and my interest in entrepreneurship and community building, deeply rooted in the coastal beauty of Cyprus, have led me to recognize a critical issue – the perilous imbalance caused by uncontrolled tourism growth in our coastal havens. This issue struck a chord not just within me but resonated as a common concern for the communities in my surroundings.

Growing up in a coastal town, I witnessed firsthand the transformation brought about by escalating tourism. What were once quiet beaches frequented by locals have become bustling tourist hubs. The idyllic scenes of fishing boats returning with their daily catch are now juxtaposed with crowded waterfronts and environmental strains. Delving into the heart of the matter, the urgency of addressing uncontrolled tourism growth in coastal areas became apparent. The delicate balance between economic development and environmental preservation required a strategic approach. The key relies upon empowering local communities and fostering sustainable practices.

The coastal areas of Cyprus, blessed with breathtaking landscapes and vibrant communities, have long been a haven for locals and tourists alike. However, the rapid influx of tourists, drawn to the pristine beaches, has triggered an alarming imbalance. Over-tourism is not merely an abstract problem; it’s a tangible threat to the very fabric of our coastal communities. The urgency to address the environmental repercussions of unbridled tourism growth is not just an intellectual pursuit but a profound call to protect the essence of our coastal communities. Sustainable blue entrepreneurship became our guiding star, an ethos committed to nurturing our seas and safeguarding the delicate ecosystems sustaining us.

By steering our ship toward sustainable blue entrepreneurship, we align with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) values, fostering a balanced, symbiotic relationship with our environment. It’s a recognition that our impact goes beyond profit margins; this journey is not merely about embracing eco-friendly practices, but it shapes communities and ecosystems. It’s a pledge to preserve the intricate tapestry of coastal existence. Our actions or inactions ripple through these communities, shaping their present and, more significantly, their future.

Investing in ESG practices isn’t just a corporate buzzword; it’s a testament to our commitment. ESG investments are not merely financial transactions but ethical choices shaping a sustainable future. It’s about consciously directing resources toward ventures that champion environmental stewardship, social well-being, and transparent governance.

The human-interest aspect lies in the faces of communities directly affected. From the fisherfolk, whose livelihoods are entwined with the health of our oceans, to the rich local cultures deeply rooted in coastal life, our actions resonate profoundly. We aren’t just stakeholders; we are stewards of a way of life. The effects ripple through the serene beaches, impacting the lives of those who call the coast home.

Local businesses, initially flourishing from tourism, are now grappling with the consequences – strained resources, and environmental degradation. The delicate ecosystems, which sustain a rich biodiversity, face unprecedented challenges due to unchecked human activities.

The AIS Youth Forum becomes the lighthouse guiding us, a beacon of collaboration, knowledge sharing, and collective action. Each one of us, in our unique capacities, can contribute to a more sustainable and responsible future. Furthermore, independent organizations more and more create the groundwork, mobilize alliances, and empower communities to take charge of their sustainable futures. We are not solitary sailors but a community, united by a shared responsibility for the oceans that cradle our existence. The key takeaway is the power of collaboration and community engagement. The future outlook envisions a network of empowered youth leaders, driving positive change in their communities and beyond.

In the words of Rachel Carson, a pioneer in environmental conservation, “The more we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” As a community, our commitment to sustainable blue entrepreneurship is a testament to our collective responsibility – a promise to cherish and protect the wonders that the seas hold.

Together, let’s nurture our oceans, for they, in turn, nurture us.

Written by:
Daniil Sourianos
AIS Youth Delegate, Cyprus

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After a sideline discussion at the Ocean Conference 2017 in New York City and a follow-up Conference on the Archipelagic and Island States Forum in Jakarta in 2017, a common understanding among AIS participating countries was born. The Archipelagic and Island States Forum was then formally established through the adoption of the Manado Joint Declaration during the first Ministerial Meeting of the participating countries on 1 November 2018.

The Archipelagic and Island States (AIS) Forum is a platform designed to include island states and archipelagic countries regardless of their region, size, and development level. A global initiative that brings together 51 archipelagic and island nations to take part in a collective forum addressing challenges of ocean resource usage for sustainable economic growth, climate change resiliency, ocean pollution, emergency management, and the enhancement of sustainable fisheries.

 

The Archipelagic and Island States (AIS) Forum stands as a visionary platform, purposefully crafted to encompass the participation of 51 diverse archipelagic and island nations from across the globe. Its overarching mission is to facilitate a collective forum aimed at addressing the pressing issue of sustainable development. Within this forum, these nations come together to forge international partnerships and foster cooperation in their shared commitment to sustainable development. By uniting their efforts and expertise, the AIS Forum plays a pivotal role in harnessing the collective power of these island states to tackle the environmental, economic, and social challenges they face while striving to build a more sustainable and interconnected world.
Five years after the establishment of the AIS Forum, leaders from AIS countries have agreed to strengthen commitment for collaboration among nations. On 11th October 2023 in Bali, Indonesia, at the First High Level Meeting of the AIS Foru,, 32 AIS countries agreed to adopt the Leaders’ Declaration on the Solidarity of the Archipelagic and Island States. The adoption of this declaration marked a significant step for the AIS Forum to further elevate its position in the global scheme. The Declaration focuses on four collaborative areas, which are:

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The AIS Forum’s role is to facilitate close cooperation between archipelagic and island states in its four working areas. The forum has fostered connections and collaborative projects through its partnerships with private enterprises, government authorities, universities, NGOs, media and global or regional organisations. This approach aims to create a network of experts, researchers and policymakers who can provide insight and support to the AIS programme.

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