EU and South Africa join forces to better understand the oceans and climate
On 3 October 2016 the European Commission and the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) signed a Declaration of Intent on Marine Research and Innovation Cooperation in Cape Town. The declaration aims to develop a common understanding and deepen scientific knowledge of marine ecosystems. It should encourage and support research collaboration and development of relevant technologies, to facilitate human capital development and scientific exchange, and to explore regional opportunities for sustainable marine cooperation. According to Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, this new declaration is another important step to expand the mutually beneficial cooperation between the EU and its South African partners.
Having recently identified marine research and innovation as one of the key priorities for further research cooperation, both sides have been exploring the possibility of future participation of South Africa in the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance. The new declaration signed with South Africa on 3 October paves the way to an All Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance.
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