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Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario declared on Wednesday in Maputo that the planned conference on the Blue Economy, named “Growing Blue”, should serve as a platform for seeking knowledge and exchanging experiences about the preservation and increasingly sustainable use of the ocean.
Scientific research, technology and innovation, Rosario said, when applied in the sphere of the blue economy, play a significant role in protecting the planet and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), approved by the United Nations.
“The preservation and sustainable use of the ocean make it possible to maintain biodiversity and life on the planet, particularly because it plays an important role in regulating the climate”, stressed the Prime Minister, as he made a public presentation on the Blue Economy conference, which will be held in Maputo on 23-24 May.
The term “blue economy” refers to a package of principles in Agenda 2030 on the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal 14 on the conservation of the seas and oceans.
At the conference, under the theme of “Sustainable and Shared Exploitation of the Ocean”, said Rosario, Mozambique should strengthen its determination to protect the planet from destruction, through the sustainable use and management of natural resources, including the ocean.
He added that the conference will make it possible to identify and implement inclusive and innovative interventions which will have national and international impact.
“We also hope that this event will serve as a platform for mobilising the necessary resources for investment in institutional capacity building and in developing human capital in matters connected with the seas”, said Rosario.
Taking into account the major themes to be discussed at the event, he continued, the specialists attending from Mozambican and international organisations would share, in a frank and open manner, their rich experiences on the preservation and sustainable use of the sea.Source: AIM
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