The Royal Navy and the Abdelmalek Essâadi University (UAE) organized the first day of oceanographic research on Friday in Tangier.
This first Royal Navy-UAE meeting was an opportunity for both parties to present the work already carried out in the field of oceanographic research, to exchange experiences acquired and to define a common research program in the short, medium and long term.
“This meeting takes place in the context of strengthening scientific research, particularly in the field of the navy,” said the director of scientific research and innovation at the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, ‘Higher Education and Scientific Research, Ahmed Hammouch.
Morocco has extremely important resources, he continued in a press statement, noting that scientific research occupies a very important place to maintain these resources and to exploit them well.
This meeting therefore takes place to federate the skills of the universities in order to work and operate in this field alongside the Royal Navy, explained Ahmed Hammouch.
For his part, the President of the UAE, Bouchta El Moumni, said that the theme of this meeting is capital for the socio-economic and strategic development of the country, recalling that the Kingdom enjoys a coastline spread over more than 3,500 km of coastline, which are essential to the prosperity of the country and the well-being of its population.
This maritime expanse plays a crucial role in the growth of the blue economy, the creation of wealth and employment, and resilience in the face of the effects of climate change, he said.
Nevertheless, the president of the UAE noted that the marine domain in Morocco is insufficiently studied on the cartographic, geochemical, biological, sedimentological and geophysical plans necessary for its exploration and its exploitation in a sustainable way, considering that the understanding of this vast and rich capital requires multidisciplinary oceanographic research involving specialists at the national level.
Indeed, research in this field is carried out in an isolated and fragmentary manner, hence the need to create a hard core, made up of researchers from the Royal Navy and the UAE, in order to federate national skills and jointly pilot the oceanographic research in Morocco, added Mr. El Moumni.
This meeting, marked by the presence of Khalid Loudiyi, Captain of the Navy and responsible for the Hydrography, Oceanography and Cartography Division of the Royal Navy, focused on several themes, namely hydrography and ocean circulation, cartography of the ocean floor, the evolution of the coastline and the rise in sea level, marine biodiversity, eco