Collaboration agreement between MUSELS and CEFAS:
This agreement was subscribe by The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs through its executive agency, the Center for Enviroment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, CEFAS, United Kingdom; The Center for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones (CEAZA, Chile), represented by its (now former) director Dr. Bernardo Broitman and its corporate manager Claudio Vásquez; The Center of Environmental Sciences (EULA-Chile) of University of Concepción (UdC), represented by its director, Dr. Alejandra Stehr; And the Faculty of Environmental Sciences of the UdeC, represented by its Dean, Dr. Ricardo Barra.
The parties agreed on a memorandum of understanding with the aim of promoting scientific and technical collaboration in the field of the marine environment, marine sciences and environmental management. They seek to provide a framework and suggest guidelines for cooperation on activities such as the exchange of scientific and technical knowledge and the enhancement of the scientific and technical capacity of the institutions subscribed.
Among the forms of collaboration contemplated in the agreement are the exchange of technical information, visits, training, cooperative research and projects compatible with the ongoing programs of the Parties. It also includes the development of activities and projects to evaluate marine ecosystems, the environmental situation, climate change, fish stocks, fisheries management, aquaculture and capacity building of the Parties’ staff and laboratories.
To this is added the use of the facilities and the transmission of experiences of CEFAS to train the personnel of the parties in the protection and monitoring of the natural marine resources of the Chilean areas, assist CEAZA in the development of the National Marine Strategy, National Maritime Environmental Strategy, National Action Plans and State of the Marine Environment Reports.
This also includes providing advice to the technical departments of the parties in the areas of marine protected areas, water quality assessment, pollution control, fisheries, aquaculture, diseases, habitat status assessment, environmental impact assessment, hydrocarbon pollution, coastal zone management, marine space management, project management and database development and monitoring tools to support decision making.
The agreement between the parties states that cooperation activities and projects will be subject to the availability of appropriate personnel, resources and funds.