André Pacheco, a researcher at the Center for Marine and Environmental Research (CIMA) at the University of the Algarve (UAlg), will join a delegation from Portugal to Norway to participate in Ocean Week, taking place between the 15th and 21st of April, in Bergen, where he will present the initiative Culatra2030 – Sustainable Energy Community.
«The visit of the Portuguese delegation to Norway aims to make known the ongoing bilateral cooperation between these two countries with regard to the blue and sustainable ocean; discuss synergies with the areas of blue growth and the environment, as well as identify good practices and opportunities for future cooperation», explains the University of Algarve
One of the highlights of the initiative took place on April 15, with the return of the Norwegian sailboat Statsraad Lehmkuhl to Bergen, after, in August 2021, it started a 20-month circumnavigation trip around the planet – the One Ocean Expedition. This return marked the beginning of The One Ocean Week – a week full of conferences, workshops and activities related to the Sea, marine research and sustainable oceans.
During this Oceanic Expedition, the Statsraad Lehmkuhl made two stopovers in Portugal.
In a note, the UAlg refers that the One Ocean Expedition is part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.
«The main objective was to draw attention and share knowledge about the crucial role of the ocean for sustainable development in a global perspective».
The CULATRA 2030 project will be presented on the 18th of April, between 12h00 and 13h00, in a panel dedicated to “Synergies between Blue Growth and Environment – A common path towards the European Ecological Deal”.
This project is coordinated by the University of Algarve, in partnership with the Association of Residents of Ilha da Culatra, the Commission for Coordination and Regional Development of the Algarve (CCDR Algarve) and the Municipality of Faro. CULATRA 2030 was selected by the European Commission as the example initiative of the smart specialization strategy in the Algarve.