The Department of Environmental Affairs, in cooperation with the Norwegian Embassy to South Africa, hosted the SA-Norway Antarctica and Southern Atlantic Ocean Workshop II from the 4th – 6th of December 2017 at the Fisheries Research Aquarium, Sea Point, Cape Town.
This took place in the broader context of the South African and Norway Science Week, which took place simultaneously on the 4th to the 8th of December 2017. South Africa and Norway have a long history of cooperation in the field of marine science dating back to the development of the Living Marine Resources Act (LMRA) during the period 1994-1996, which was promulgated in 1998.
A Research Seminar took place on Tuesday 05 December 2017, and was open to the entire marine science community. The seminar sought to exhibit and expand on the productive collaboration between the two countries’ experts from relevant academic and government sectors, in particular the national Antarctic programmes of the two countries, namely: South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) and the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI).
Specific areas of mutual interest that were deliberated on include: interactions between the Southern Atlantic Ocean and the Antarctic ice shelf, as well as highlighting the approaches that can be used to address them. In addition, experiences were shared; and new approaches deliberated on the expansion of knowledge and ecosystem based resource management within the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) area.
The broader South Africa – Norway Science Week 2017 will follow up ideas, initiatives and contacts from last year’s successful precursor, Value Creation in Ocean Space – New Opportunities in the Blue Economy. Under the theme; Value Creation in Ocean Space – New Opportunities in the Blue Economy, Science Week brought together and forged new relationships from different stakeholders of national entities, infrastructure holders, key players from higher education, research, innovation and business in South Africa and Norway, who shared their perspectives and expertise.