Capacity Building in Deep Sea Mineral Exploration: Lessons from the First World
The Blue Economy is now a Global reality, with countries positioning themselves strategically to sustainably exploit the numerous living and innate resources in the gold mine that is the Ocean. Developed countries seem to have an upper hand, as they are sufficiently equipped with advanced technology to ease deep sea exploration. Middle and low income countries are actively building their capacity in Marine Science through forging collaborations with the First World to enhance their capability to venture deeper and reap the benefits that lie hidden in the Deep Blue. The complexity of marine ecosystems demands in-depth research to inform sustainable exploitation, thus highly skilled marine scientists are key players in the quest to comprehend this unique environment.
As an early career marine scientist, Ms. Josephine Njeru, an Assistant Research Scientist working at KMFRI, took the initiative to acquire skills in deep sea mineral exploration - a field of marine research which is largely underexplored in Kenya, and Africa at large. Ms. Njeru was one of two Africans, who participated in the 38-day at-sea training aboard a Chinese research vessel RV Dayang Yihao studying the occurrence of polymetallic sulphides in the South West Indian Ridge. A supplementary 3-day training was then conducted at the Second Institute of Oceanography in Hangzhou, China where she acquired skills in isolation and study of plankton, microbes, algae. READ MORE