Malta, the first plastic-free ocean tourism destination
The government of Malta has taken one of the most concrete measures ever in becoming the world's first tourism destination that provides White Flag Certified Safe Marine Areas (CSMAs) – along its entire coastline – for tourists and inhabitants. This implies that the country's complete collection of beaches will be officially cleaned from plastic and other marine debris by Whiteflag Int. divers in the next 8 months.
This historic step for development of the tourism industry has been decided by Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta, who will sign the official OACM membership on March 12th, 2019, together with two of his Ministers. Jose Herrera, Minister for the Environment, Sustainable Development, and Climate Change in Malta, has been assigned to implement this decision and to proceed with the operations that are required prior the official signing of the OACM membership. Konrad Mizzi, Minister for Tourism in Malta, will have an incredible honor and task to build-up a global promotional campaign for introducing and rebranding the country of Malta as top environmental ocean tourism destination in the world.
The operational part - done by Whiteflag Int. divers - has already begun in July 2018, and so far 5 beaches, new White Flag bearers, have been cleaned for plastic and marine debris. The next operational step is to certify the largest inhabited marine area of Malta - from St Julians to Sliema - which is approx. 3 kilometers long. This certification will be supported by real estate corporate sector.
Generally, the certification of Malta is a result of a close collaboration between the corporate and government sector, which presents a concept the OACM group is promoting.