Mozambique holds a sea coastline of about 3000 kilometers, a precious asset for the country, not only due to the natural resources it holds, but also because it constitutes a perfect highway for the circulation of goods between its main ports with low maintenance cost.
On the country’s inland, Mozambican rivers contribute with 216 billion cubic meters of water draining into the Indian Ocean annually, a clear demonstration of the richness and potential of its marine fauna and flora.
The need to protect its biodiversity and coastal marine ecosystems is a necessity for the country as well as for the international community, given the current challenges associated with global threats such as climate change, population growth, degradation of the marine environment, loss of biodiversity, the high risk of pollution and the proliferation of plastic waste, together with issues related to maritime safety.
All this issues, among others, require harmonized and concerted approaches among the various nations that share this resource or are indirectly linked to it. The subject is a growing concern for the local Government, particularly given the latest natural disasters to hit the country and its consequences to its enviromental balance.
It’s great to see that the Mozambican Ministry of the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries, is about to hold its first “GROWING BLUE” CONFERENCE, with the goal of creating an open dialog, promoting the integration of the development of sea economies in the context of sustainable Blue Economy in the Western Indian Ocean region.
The event will take place May 23rd and 24th 2019, at the Joaquim Chissano Conference Center in Maputo, under the motto “Sustainable and Shared Exploration of the Ocean“, and will discuss the following thematic areas:
- Governance and sustainability of the ocean;
- Ocean and innovation;
- Ocean routes;
- Ocean energy.
It will be a great opportunity to analyze the defense of natural resources of the ocean as well as its internal seas, taking into account not only the national and international interest but also the impact of current projects related to the extractive industry of coal and natural gas, ports improvement and river infrastructure.
For more information, to sign up online or to check the agenda, you can visit the event’s website
I’ll see you there!