Dubai hosts Norwegian seminar on ocean protection

Dubai, A seminar focusing on the role of new technologies and data sharing in protecting oceans was held by the Norwegian embassy in Abu Dhabi and Innovation Norway Middle.

The ‘Protecting our Oceans’ was held for the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, MOCCAE, and other UAE entities from the private and public sectors, UAE news agency WAM reported.

The seminar highlighted the importance of sustainable use of marine resources in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The participants concurred that collecting data on ocean ecosystems is the first step towards their protection.

“The fact that the UAE’s oceans are the healthiest in the Middle East region according to the latest Ocean Health Index reflects our steadfast commitment to marine conservation,” Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said.

“However, we still have a lot of work ahead of us. Despite the international measures being taken to restore balance in oceans, the pressure on the marine environment is massive. We all need to join forces and fast-track collective efforts to mitigate the common challenges facing our oceans. In this context, this seminar explores the latest methods of managing, monitoring and protecting our marine environment.”

Sten Arne Rosnes, the newly appointed Norwegian Ambassador to the UAE, said that “contributing to a more sustainable maritime economy is crucially important to the Norwegian government.”

“Norway, like the UAE, relies heavily on marine resources. Both were traditionally fishing nations and later evolved into key players in the oil and gas industry. We therefore encourage initiatives, such as this seminar, that inspire companies and government officials to implement strategies for change in maritime collaborations,” he said, quoted by WAM.

Abu Dhabi hosted the World Ocean Summit in March 2019, while the Norwegian capital Oslo is set to welcome Our Ocean Conference in October 2019.

Source: Bahrain News Agency