A New Era of Blue Enlightenment
Belém Statement

A New Era of Blue Enlightenment. Launching the European Union – Brazil – South Africa Atlantic Ocean Research and innovation Cooperation

Commissioner Carlos Moedas host this 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.

This event celebrate 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.

The Belém Statement on Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Cooperation between the European Union, Brazil and South Africa will be signed during the event. This Statement will build on our 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.

The signing of this Statement will cement the ambitions for intensifying our joint cooperation areas, which include, among others:
› climate and ecosystem approaches;
› earth and ocean observation and forecasting systems;
› food security, fisheries management and aquaculture; and
› ocean technology.