Visiting the Island, Sea and Food Cluster revealed an enchanting world to be preserved, that of the sea and the human communities that live on the planet’s islands in paradises of biodiversity that are uncontaminated, or nearly so.
Almost ten thousand islands at risk due to climate change
There are serious dangers that threaten the survival of these unique places, first of all the climate changes already taking place that are perilously raising the sea level. It is predicted that 10,800 islands could disappear if the increase is even just a metre. Among the newest islands, the best known is the disturbing Pacific Trash Vortex, an enormous mass of trash floating in the Pacific Ocean. Also frightening are pollution, intensive fish farming and the continuing disappearance of barrier reefs. Islands are extremely important to the planet. There are 180,000 and many are in the world’s 34 biodiversity hotspots, places that possess 1500 native plants as well as original habitat that has already decreased by 70%.
A cluster celebrating the beauty of the oceans and the communities who live in it
This useful information and much more was provided on panels on display outside the cluster, thanks to a project by IULM (University of Languages and Communications of Milan) to show off the contents of the countries belonging to the Island, Sea and Food space. Inside the structures there were interesting images showing daily life for these populations, mainly devoted to fishing, and colourful ethnic souvenirs that visitors could buy at the end of the path. As with the other eight clusters, the evocative thematic display for the Island, Sea and Food Cluster was created in collaboration with the Magnum Photos/Contrasto agencies and contributions by photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti. The space also contained one of the 18 UN video installations that formed part of the itinerary called “Zero Hunger Challenge. United for a sustainable world”.
Discover the countries in the Island, Sea and Food Cluster in the files of Expo Milano 2015.
Comoros: “Eat Comorian to Eat Healthy”
Caribbean communities: Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname
Guinea Bissau: “Seafood and Savannah Agriculture”
Madagascar: ” Discovering Madagascar’s marine biodiversity: healthy and sustainable food”
Maldives: “Fishing – The Lifeblood of Maldives”
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: “Ginseng, the national specialty recognized as the best food for health”