Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius - African scientists are meeting Thursday and Friday in Quatre-Bornes, 20 kilometres south of Port-Louis, the Mauritian capital, to discuss the second International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE-2).
Being held at the initiative of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) in collaboration with the Mauritian Office of Ocean Affairs and Development, the meeting is featuring participants from Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, South Africa, Seychelles and Togo.
The aim of this meeting is to identify and promote the objectives of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) in the IIOE-2 initiative and facilitate their active participation in the programme.
The Officer-in-charge of the Mauritian Office of Ocean Affairs and Development, Rezah Badal, recalled that previous reference group meetings held in Hyderabad (India) and in Qingdao (China) have resulted in a formal multi-disciplinary examination of the potential scope and depth of an IIOE-2 where a wide range of science questions, issues and related activities aimed at understanding the Indian Ocean have been identified.
“Ocean observations need to be improved,” he said, adding that simple oceanic measurements, for example water column physic-chemical properties, are sparsely made.
According to him, IIOE-2 will bridge the gap and will help to develop local capacity to foster growth of human capital in addition to collecting vital information on the ocean.