Hokulea sail boat in Cape Town and signing of an agreement between UCT/IRD/ICEMASA [fr]
The French Research Institute for Development (IRD) organised a meeting between the crew members of the sail boat Hokulea in Cape Town on 26 November 2015 as part of a visit by the CEO of IRD, Jean Paul Moatti, and the general managers of the Institut National des Sciences de l’Univers (INSU), Pascale Delecluse, and the Institut Ecologie Environnement (INEE) – CNRS, Stéphanie Thiébault, to South Africa. This visit, the meeting with the crew and the signing of an agreement between IRD, the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the International Centre for Education, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences over Africa (ICEMASA) are part of the interventions undertaken by IRD for COP21.
On 26 November 2015, Ambassador of France to South Africa, HE Elisabeth Barbier, met the crew of Hokulea with Mr Moatti and Ms Delecluse. Hokulea and its crew, currently undertaking its Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, are aimed at promoting healthy oceans. The link between COP21 and the sail boat lies in the creation of a partnership between scientists from the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) and the crew of Hokulea during a conference when the sail boat visited Durban in October. IRD also participated in the conference.
- Read more about Hokulea here.
Photos: Sea Quest - Nicolene Chapman
In addition to the meeting with Hokulea, IRD, UCT, and ICEMASA signed a partnership agreement on 26 November 2015. The agreement is to extend the operations of the Laboratoire mixte international (LMI) for the next five years.
Based in South Africa, LMI ICEMASA was established in 2009 with the assistance of UCT, the SA Department of Environmental Affairs’ Oceans and Coasts unit, the SA Department of Agriculture, Foresty and Fisheries’ Fisheries branch, CNRS-INSU, IRD and the Université de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO). ICEMASA’s multidisciplinary research is focused on marine sciences conducted along the coast of South Africa. Research disciplines include marine ecosystems, resource management, oceanography, relations between the ocean and the atmosphere and biogeochemistry.