The Oceano Azul Foundation participates in the conference “A New Era of Blue Enlightenment”, hosted by the European Commissioner Carlos Moedas, in Lisbon, between the 12th and 14th of July, which includes the signing of a Statement between the European Union, Brazil and South Africa, aiming to better understand and protect marine ecosystems of the South Atlantic.
“A New Era of Blue Enlightenment” is organized by the European Commission, at the Champalimaud Foundation, in Lisbon. The event is attended by high-level government representatives and stakeholders of 25 countries, with the purpose of celebrating the beginning of the South Atlantic Flagship Initiative between the European Union, Brazil and South Africa, which aims to “better understand and deepen scientific knowledge of marine ecosystems and the interrelations between oceans and climate change, oceans and food, and oceans and energy systems, as well as the dynamics of the Atlantic Ocean and its interconnected Circulation Systems from Antarctica to the Arctic”.
The Belém Statement on Atlantic Research and Innovation Cooperation with Brazil and South Africa is co-signed during the event, on the 13th of July at Belém Tower, which bears testimony to some of the first Atlantic voyages. The signature moment will be witnessed by José Soares dos Santos, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Oceano Azul Foundation.
Tiago Pitta e Cunha, Oceano Azul Foundation’s CEO, accepted the invitation of Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, to take part in the Round Table “Engaging Foundations and the Private Sector”, at 11:15 am, on July 13th. Emanuel Gonçalves and Andreas Kraemer, members of the Board of Directors of the Oceano Azul Foundation, are also present at the event.
In these times, when the health of the oceans is so fragile, the conference debates important issues such as climate change, ecosystem approaches, earth and ocean observation and forecasting systems, food security, fisheries management and aquaculture and last but not least ocean technology.