PLOCAN attended the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum celebrated at the Charlemagne Building in Brussels as partner of the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Support Action (AORA) and the All Atlantic Cooperation for Ocean Research and Innovation (AANChOR) projects, which are designed to provide scientific, technical and logistical support to the European Commission in developing and implementing trans-Atlantic Marine Research Cooperation between the European Union, the United States of America and Canada, and to promote the implementation of the South Atlantic Research and Innovation Flagship initiative and the Belém Statement (BS), signed by the EU, Brazil and South Africa in 2017.
During the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum several meetings and workshops were celebrated, which were organised by both projects. Moreover, a final presentation that highlighted the advances that have been achieved and a final summary on the AORA project, which finishes at the end of February 2020, were presented.
The All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum showcased results and solutions for our citizens and communities from Antarctica to the Arctic, which the cooperation between institutions and organisations has produced so far, and plan the further implementation of the Galway and Belém Statements. At the Forum, the Atlantic community defined together a vision of how it can strengthen its international cooperation to seize the opportunities and address the common challenges facing the Atlantic Ocean and the communities that depend on it. Furthermore, the partners set a new strategic direction for the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance, which can support the implementation of the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.
During the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum, the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, launched the All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Forum, which includes the All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassadors, 23 youth leaders from countries of the Atlantic Ocean that have developed campaigns to reach out local communities, students and civil society, to engage decision makers as well as work with local media to conserve and protect the Atlantic Ocean for future generations. Their ultimate objective is to build an Atlantic Community of a fully engaged young generation to create a ground swell of activism to support an Ocean aware society.