Antarctica: new frontier for South Africa's ocean economy
SA intends to cooperate with Norway to see how SA can service countries that leave for the Antarctica via South Africa #SANorwayScienceWeek— Environmentza (@environmentza) November 3, 2016
PartnershipThe two countries have been key partners with a variety of joint research programmes and share a historical and common interest in Antarctica. Norway also provided South Africa with its first base in Antarctica in 1959. With the theme "Value Creation in Ocean Space – New Opportunities in the Blue Economy", the shared Science Week involved stakeholders, infrastructure holders and key players from higher education, research, innovation and business in South Africa and Norway, who exchanged perspectives and expertise. "Although progress has been made regarding research on Antarctica, there still remain vast opportunities for scientific research and innovation on which South Africa and Norway can collaborate," the department said.
Opportunity for growthSouth Africa is ideally situated to act as a gateway to Antarctica for many countries that have a presence on the icy continent.
"Some key economic reasons to allocate budget towards the Antarctic region are that South Africa has a global position, status and stewardship and there is public goods provision, gateway income and support of sustainable development such as catching fish," the department said. Source: South African Government News Agency and SouthAfrica.info reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material
The are budget constraints for the SA Antarctica Region Science & therefore new sources of funding need to be explored. #GatewaytoAntarctica— Environmentza (@environmentza) November 3, 2016