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EU expands research cooperation with Brazil and South Africa

2017.07.18

EU expands research cooperation with Brazil and South Africa

The three sides launched the South Atlantic Research and Innovation Flagship Initiative and signed a joint Statement on Atlantic Ocean R&I Cooperation.
The statement  was signed on 13 July in Lisbon's historic Belém Tower by Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Gilberto Kassab, Minister of State for Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications of Brazil and Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology of South Africa, during a High-Level Ministerial and Scientific event called “A new era of blue enlightenment”. 
 
The new South Atlantic Research and Innovation Flagship Initiative will aim to improve the scientific knowledge of marine ecosystems and the links between oceans and climate change, food and energy systems, as well as the dynamics of the Atlantic Ocean and its interconnected circulation systems from Antarctica to the Arctic.In the “Belém statement” the signatories state that they  'would like to take further their collaborative scientific efforts in the Atlantic Ocean, and intend to sustainably cooperate on marine science, research and innovation,' including by  'exploring synergies with other initiatives such as the Joint Programming Initiatives'.
 
JPI Oceans looks forward to furthering its international engagement beyond Europe and is already involved in collaboration with South Africa in the framework of the MarTERA ERA-NET Cofund. At the scientific event on the occasion of the “Belém statement” JPI Oceans was represented by several Management Board members and the secretariat. 
 
This Statement comes four years after the launch of the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance in Galway in which the EU, US and Canada agreed to join forces on Atlantic Ocean Research. It builds on bilateral achievements, namely the signing of bilateral Declarations of Intent on Marine Research and Innovation Cooperation with Brazil and South Africa, and the development of the South-South Framework for Scientific and Technical Cooperation in the South and Tropical Atlantic and Southern Ocean. It will also help to closely link research activities in the South Atlantic and Southern Ocean with those in the North Atlantic, and explore synergies with other initiatives.

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