The Minister of Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries demands more investment in research for the development of the blue economy. Lídia Cardoso was speaking, during the closing of the eighth Coordinating Council.
“Sea, transition to a sustainable economy” was one of the themes discussed during the 8th Coordination Council of the Ministry of Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries, held in Maputo.
Speaking at the closing, Lídia Cardoso highlighted that investment in research is one of the strategies for the development of the blue economy.
“It is necessary that the blue economy implementation tool in the country clearly indicates how we should invest in research, investigation, technological innovation, human capital development, including attracting the attention of young people to the area of the sea, in the perspective of creating new job positions,” explained Lídia Cardoso, Minister of Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries.
On the other hand, Lídia Cardoso defends that a sustainable sea economy passes through the restoration of the mangrove forest and the fight against illegal fishing.
“It is fundamental to guarantee the health of the sea and, in this scope, intensify the implementation of the mangrove strategy, which, among others, includes the reforestation of devastated areas, which is a phenomenon that affects, above all, the main urban centres of the country,” she said.
The VIII Coordination Council of the Ministry for the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries, lasted three days and was held under the motto, “Sea, Catalyst of the Economy, Today and Forever.