THE RISE OF SOUTH AFRICA’S BLUE ECONOMY VS THE NEED TO ‘NURTURE’ A SUSTAINABLE AQUATIC ECOSYSTEM
The development of the ocean and inland fisheries are increasingly being identified by developing countries as viable means to boost economic growth. For years the sea and inland freshwater systems have provided jobs and livelihood for many people, but the reality of climate change together with the impact of increased human activity requires sustainable and strategically planned interaction with the aquatic world. Join Ms Pavitray Pillay (WWF-SASSI) in conversation with Dr Angus Paterson (South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity – NRF-SAIAB), Dr Judy Mann (South African Association for Marine Biological Research – SAAMBR), Dr Mmbofhemi Stanley Liphadzi (Water Research Commission – WRC) and Dr Francesca Porri (NRF-SAIAB) as they discuss links between igniting the Blue Economy and nurturing aquatic ecosystems. The panel will give the big picture, inclusive of opportunities, complexities and the investment in research infrastructure and platforms that support sustainable use of our aquatic resources.