South Africa and the European Union sign a declaration of intent in the marine field. [fr]
South Africa and the European Union signed a declaration of intent to cooperate in marine research and innovation on October 3 2016. This declaration was signed as the two parties celebrate 20 years of cooperation in science and technology.
This declaration of intent was signed in Cape Town on the margins of the International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI 2016), organised by the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) in partnership with the European Commission.
The declaration of intent underlines the interest of both parties in the blue economy. Moreover, there are many resemblances between Operation Phakisa, led by the South African government, and the Blue Growth strategy led by the European Union.
The declaration of intent aims to further develop a common understanding and deepen scientific knowledge of marine ecosystems and the link between oceans and climate, the management of fisheries, food security and interconnections between the Atlantic and the Antarctic oceans.
Source : France Diplomatie