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Norway and South Africa announce new research programme

Norway and South Africa have signed a Declaration of Intent to initiate the new South Africa - Norway research programme "SANOCEAN".

The declaration was signed by Norway Ambassador to South Africa, Trine Skymoen and Deputy Director-General of the Department of Science and Technology in South Africa Daan du Toit on behalf of the two governments. 

The signing took place at the event “Green Maritime  - Sustainable Use of the Ocean in Pretoria. An event organized by Team Norway in South Africa" (Research council of Norway, Innovation Norway and SIU).

Read about the announcement in Engineering News here.

SANOCEAN (South Africa – Norway co-operation on ocean research including blue economy, climate change, the environment and sustainable energy) will have a strong focus on the blue economy, climate change, the environment and renewable energy.

The Declaration of intent was signed by DST International Cooperation and Resources deputy-director-general Daan du Toit and Norwegian ambassador to South Africa, Trine Skymoen (Photo: William Esposito)

The first call for proposals to the programme is expected in March 2018 and the programme is expected to run until 2023. SANOCEAN will be the fourth bilateral research programme between Norway and South Africa and follows the collaborative SANCOOP-programme which has been jointly operated by the National Research Foundation and the Research Council of Norway funding 19 bilateral research projects since 2013.

Information about South Africa- Norway Science Week and SANOCEAN will be published on the SANCOOP-website.

In her opening and welcome remarks Trine Skymoen, Ambassador of the Royal Norwegian Embassy, alluded to the oceans and coasts as the foundation of the economy which would lead to high-growth through agriculture, fisheries and international shipping.

Ambassador Trine Skymoen emphasizes the importance of international collaboration when facing global challenges (Photo: William Esposito)

“Oceans and coasts are the foundation of much of the world’s economy. Oceans have an enormous potential for value creation and growth and we expect to see high growth in sectors such as energy, aquaculture, fisheries and fish processing. There are also opportunities in sectors such as port activities, ship building and repair as well as maritime equipment and shipping. International shipping will continue to play a key facility role in world trade and South Africa and Norway are cooperating very, very closely to look for opportunities in these areas." Skymoen says.

“Our oceans are facing a number of serious threats and challenges and these include over-fishing, illegal fishing, environmental toxins, plastic waste and loss of biodiversity. Climate change is impacting the oceans and may lead to sea level rise, ocean acidification and possible shifts in the distribution of important fish stocks. This in turn is threatening the livelihoods of millions of people around the world.”


Written by:
Geir Aas Seniorrådgiver
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