ISU - Summer 2024

2023-05 SINC 2023

Space for Island Nations Conference – Maldives

SINC 2023 – Day 2 – Interview with Dr Abdulla Mausoom, Minister of Tourism of the Maledives

Tourism is the number one industry in Maldives. At Space for Island Nations Conference 2023 Remco Timmermans spoke with Maldives Minister of Tourism Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, about how space can contribute to the development of sustainable tourism. The use of Earth observation data for spatial planning being a very tangible opportunity, especially for local students and entrepreneurs, possibly with the support of the Maldives Space Research Organisation (MSRO) In his speech, Dr. Mausoom mentioned the equatorial location and favorable weather conditions of Maldives as arguments for space launch initiatives for satellites, but also for space tourism... Of course, he promotes Maldives as a destination for space events, although does this place really need any promotion?

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SINC 2023 – Day 2 – Timmermans morning briefing

Good morning from day two of the Space for Island Nations Conference at Maldives. Today we start by looking at what it takes to develop a space economy in emerging space nations. We will also look at the unique geography of Maldives, zooming into the opportunities offered by the equatorial location of the country. Then after lunch which we will take a sneak peek to the future of deep space exploration, under the theme 'From Sand to Stars', supported by Breakthrough Initiatives director Dr. Pete Worden. Keep following this unique event here at SpaceWatch.Global and on your favourite social media channels! #SINC2023

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SINC 2023 – Day 1 – Timmermans evening recap

We have reached the end of day one of the Space for Island Nations Conference 2023, and what a day it has been! The theme today was the challenges of island nations and solutions from space. We were honoured to learn about these challenges firsthand from carbon-neutral advocate and former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed. The following keynotes and panels highlighted different topics related to these challenges and the solutions that space can provide, like spatial planning, food and water security, disaster preparedness, the climate crisis, and biodiversity. We are looking forward to day two of the conference tomorrow! Keep following our Remco Timmermans here and on your favorite social media channels under the hashtag #SINC2023!

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SINC 2023 – Day 1 – Interview with Mariyam Shizna of NDMA

The MSRO brought the space community to the Maldives to learn about the challenges of island nations and the solutions that space can provide. We talked to Mariyam Shizna, the director of the National Disaster Management Authority of the Maldives, who gave us some unique insights of how space can support her work in disaster risk assessment and recovery on 128 vulnerable, inhabited islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

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SINC Kicks Off, Bringing Global Space & Climate Experts Together

The Maldives Space Research Organisation (MSRO) has inaugurated the first day of the Space for Island Nations Conference (SINC), taking place from 2 to 5 May 2023 at Crossroads Maldives. SINC is a 4-day event that welcomes around 150 delegates from around the world to discuss climate resilience, the blue ocean economy, and space policy development for island nations.

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SINC 2023 – Day 0 – First impressions from Male with Remco Timmermans

Welcome to our special reports from a special space event: the inaugural Space for Island Nations Conference, held here at the Maldives, in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Starting tomorrow, we will look at how space benefits the people of the world's island nations. Space supports these often vulnerable parts of the world in their fight against the effects of climate change. Space also provides opportunities for these nations, to develop a space economy and reap the new benefits that the new space economy can offer to students, entrepreneurs and businesses alike. The #SINC2023 conference provides a unique, new angle to space. Follow us this week to find out what this means.

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