The Archipelagic & Island States Forum: all for one, one for all!

There were 51 of them. Fifty-one countries took part in the fourth Archipelagic & Island States (AIS) Forum, held in Bali, Indonesia, between 6 and 11 October to accelerate cooperation and respond to the common threats and challenges they face.

Although they only contribute 1% of greenhouse gas emissions, these states, which are often small and low-lying, are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, including rising sea levels, extreme weather events, ocean acidification and ocean pollution… 


The mission of the AIS 2023 Forum was once again to encourage, more than ever before, collaborative efforts between its members, international organisations, the scientific community, entrepreneurs, investors, experts, NGOs and political decision-makers in order to foster innovation and the exchange of knowledge, and to explore and promote projects that contribute to the preservation and sustainable use of the oceans. The aim: to give the necessary impetus to technological and nature-based solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change, protect fragile ecosystems and ensure a sustainable future for communities in AIS countries. 


The blue economy took centre stage in this year’s discussions, a vital theme as it offers multiple opportunities for economic diversification. Particular emphasis was placed on the need for urgent, rapid and effective management of marine debris and good maritime governance to ensure the long-term sustainability of ocean resources.  

As part of the Startups Business Summit entitled “An Ocean of Solutions”, The SeaCleaners was invited to take part, in particular to moderate and lead the session on technology and innovation. An hour and a half to talk about solutions, ocean data, waste management technologies and ocean monitoring systems, in the company of our partner CLS and the IUCN. 

The summit was organised by the AIS Forum secretariat, UNDP Indonesia and the Indonesian government.