Commissioner Carlos Moedas is hosting a High-Level Ministerial and Scientific event on 12-14 July 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal, joined by high-level government representatives from Brazil and South Africa, as well as from the European Union. The event is celebrating the launch of the South Atlantic Flagship Initiative between the European Union, Brazil and South Africa, aiming to better understand and protect marine ecosystems and the link between oceans and climate. A Statement on Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Cooperation between the European Union, Brazil and South Africa is planned to be signed during the event.

The Belem Statement (to be signed today in the Belem Tower – Thursday 13 July) builds on bilateral achievements between the EU, South Africa and Brazil to take ocean cooperation to a new level. It is a landmark partnership for excellency in science technology and innovation. HE Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Science Technology and Innovation launched today's proceedings. Her Excellency Minister Naledi Pandor (Minister of Science and Technology for South Africa) in her welcome speech today emphasised the importance of this initiative as a contribution to putting the SDGs into practice ' making sure no one is left behind'.

As part of the is event, ATLAS organised a workshop, held on 12 July Trans North Atlantic research and prospects for South Atlantic partnership”

Hosted by Prof. Ricardo Serrao Santos, Member of the European Parliament (MEP), this Trans-Atlantic workshop outlined present and emerging issues in Atlantic basin-scale research and governance. The session began with introductions to three EU H2020 projects funded in the North Atlantic: ATLAS, SponGES and MERCES before moving on to promote dialogue with partners in the South Atlantic. Research experiences in the South Atlantic from perspectives of the Rio Grande Rise and SEMPiA process were discussed; Matt Gianni presented on the management of Atlantic deep-water fisheries and David Johnson provided an overview of ocean-scale marine governance issues that connect research themes between the North and South Atlantic. Panel discussion picked up both on specific issues addressed and the wider strategic importance of integrated North and South Atlantic programmes for scientific understanding and international governance.


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