BCSS Founder and Chief Scientist to speak at the Blue Economy Summit in Milan

The Blue Economy Summit, hosted by the One Ocean Foundation as part of world Ocean Week, will take place in Milan on June 4th,2024, at the Bocconi University.  

Keynote speakers include renowned conservationist Sylvia Earle, esteemed scientists such as Carlos Duarte, and international leaders like Minna Epps. Experts from science, entrepreneurship and finance will meet to discuss crucial topics ranging from sustainability reporting and industry roles to blue natural capital, biodiversity loss, innovations, pollution mitigation, and nature-based solutions

BCSS and Kisawa are honoured to have Chief Scientist and Station Manager, Dr Mario Lebrato, and founder, Nina Flohr, representing the Western Indian Ocean and Mozambique at the summit. 

Dr. Lebrato will address the vital role of whales in protecting biodiversity during the ‘Protecting Biodiversity: the role of whales‘ panel on June 4th. The WIO region holds unprecedented marine biodiversity, embracing 33 species of whales and dolphins recorded to date, 79% of which occur in coastal waters of East Africa. Waters of Bazaruto Archipelago host at least 9 species of cetaceans, recorded by BCSS expeditions. Cetaceans are keystone species. There is a growing recognition of their role and ecological importance for productive and sustainable ecosystems through mechanisms such as nutrient cycling, predator-prey interactions, and carbon sequestration. Whales’ presence is crucial for ecosystem health, which is being the foundation of Blue Economic Development. 

Kisawa & BCSS founder, Nina Flohr will also share insights on leveraging innovation for ocean protection and restoration and the ways in which BCSS has turned theory into practice, on Benguerra Island, Mozambique. 

The summit aims to raise awareness, foster advocacy, encourage exchange and debate, and lead the way towards a more sustainable future. Join us as we commit to advancing the Blue Economy and ensuring the health of our oceans for generations to come. 

The Blue Economy Summit is open to the public and will be streamed as part of the United Nation’s commitment to Ocean Week.

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Ekaterina Kalashnikova, Bazaruto Center for Scientific Studies

Bazaruto Center for Scientific Studies
Host of the first permanent Ocean Observatory focused on multi-ecosystem time series research in Africa, the Bazaruto Center for Scientific Studies (BCSS) was established in 2017 as in independent, non-profit organisation with a mission to protect and support the fragile ecosystems of the Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique. The research station is located on Benguerra Island, off the coast of Mozambique.

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