Abidjan, 04 Jul 2022 (AIP) – The Ivorian Ministry of Animal and Fisheries Resources (MIRAH) took part, from June 27 to July 02, 2022 in Lisbon, in the 2nd United Nations Conference on the Oceans.
Thousands of world leaders, experts and defenders of the oceans gathered in the Portuguese capital at the call of the UN, to work to preserve the oceans and avoid their harmful consequences for the environment and humanity, reports the MIRAH in an information note sent to the AIP on Saturday.
This meeting was held on the occasion of the United Nations Ocean Conference 2022. Co-organized by Portugal and Kenya on the theme “Strengthening ocean action based on science and innovation for the implementation of target 14: inventory, partnerships and solutions”, its objective was to put in place innovative solutions based on science, in order to open a new chapter of global action in favor of the oceans. . It is one of the first milestones in the decade of action to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
In Côte d’Ivoire, the fishing sector provides nearly 100,000 direct jobs and more than 580,000 indirect jobs, one third of which are held by women. Fish is the first source of protein for populations, with a per capita consumption of 24 kg in 2020. However, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), illegal, unregulated and (IUU fishing) is responsible for the annual catch of 11 to 26 million tons of fish, thus depriving the world economy of 10 to 23 billion dollars and contributing to the massive destruction of halieutic resources, to the reinforcement of unemployment and of poverty.
Faced with this situation and given the importance of this sector of activity, it was essential for Côte d’Ivoire to take part. Thus, the MIRAH delegation, which was led by the Chief of Staff, Mrs. Roux Leroux, had the mission of expressing its disagreement with the overexploitation of the oceans.
On the sidelines of this conference, Ms. Leroux paid a visit to SEMEX Portugal, a company specializing in artificial insemination located in Quinta da Ponte, in the suburbs of Lisbon, and managed by Dr. Gonçalo Rebelo de Andrade. This working visit was part of the search for partnership in the field of livestock, through artificial insemination to improve dairy and meat performance, with a view to maximizing the economic profitability of Ivorian farms.