Our Managing Director Richard Nimmo is currently visiting our new colleagues and partners in Timor-Leste. Today he signed a formal partnership agreement with Dr Mari Alkatiri, President of the Oe-Cusse Ambeno Special Administrative Region (SAR) and the Special Economic Zones of Social Market Economy of Timor-Leste (ZEESM TL).
Blue Ventures will work in collaboration with the Oe-Cusse administration to develop and promote locally led marine conservation, provide research and advisory services for agribusinesses and support Timor-Leste’s nascent ecotourism industry. Efforts will also be made to build capacity for fisheries management, sustainable aquaculture and locally led marine protected areas in the Ataúro and Oé-Cusse Ambeno regions of the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Alkatiri stated that “The signing of this MOU signals the beginning of what we expect to be a long term engagement with Blue Ventures. I am sure we will be able to develop strategies that will help deliver on our vision for sustainable development, conservation of biodiversity and for putting Oé-Cusse Ambeno and Ataúro on the world map as a preferred ecotourism destination.”
You can read the full ZEESM press release here
Blue Ventures’ work in Timor-Leste is part of the Dugong and Seagrass Conservation project executed by the the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, with financing from the GEF, implementation support by UNEP and technical support from the CMS Dugong MoU Secretariat.