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Congratulations to the research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen! Recipient of the Margarita Lizárraga Medal

The Dr Fridtjof Nansen is one of the most advanced marine research vessels in the world.
Scientists at work in the Nansen laboratories, on a survey voyage off the coast of Morocco.

One of the most advanced marine research vessels in the world, the R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen, received the Margarita Lizárraga Medal Award last night at a ceremony in Rome during the 41st session of the FAO Conference.

The Margarita Lizárraga Medal Award is presented biennially by the FAO Conference to a person or organization that has served with distinction in the application of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries.

The 2019 award was presented to the Research Vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen. A key element of the more than four decade-long collaboration between the Government of Norway and FAO is conducting marine research in developing countries, for their benefit. The vessel, owned by the Norwegian agency for development cooperation (Norad) and manned with crew and core scientists from Norway’s Institute of Marine Research (IMR), in collaboration with scientists from partner countries, is today part of the EAF-Nansen Programme , that offers partner countries opportunities for improved knowledge on their marine resources and ecosystems, support to improved fisheries policy and management and capacity development.

The only marine research vessel in the world to fly the UN flag, the RV Dr Fridtjof Nansen began operating in 1975. Since then, she has carried out marine research in more than 60 countries including in Africa, Latin America and Asia, and in some of the least observed waters on the planet.

All of the collected data are input into dedicated databases and made available to the countries and regions. This unique partnership allows many developing countries to achieve their efforts of managing sustainable fisheries and to obtain critical information key to their reporting on SDG 14.

“To be designated this prestigious award is a great inspiration for Norway’s endeavours to support poverty reduction through sustainable management of the oceans” according to Jon Lomøy, Director General of the Norwegian Agency for Developement Cooperation.

Merete Tandstad, FAO Senior Programme Coordinator of the EAF-Nansen Programme, points to the wealth of knowledge that has resulted from the operations of the vessel over an extended period of time and its contribution to fisheries management in many partner countries. “New challenges to sustainability have emerged over time including climate change and pollution and the vessel is now bringing unique data and information to better understand how they are impacting developing regions.”

“The Institute of Marine Research is extremely proud of having been involved in the RV Dr Fridtjof Nansen work since the very beginning, when the idea of building such a research vessel came about back in the 60ies. Since then, our commitment to ensure high quality results that would benefit our partners in the developing world has never faded,” says Sissel Rogne, Director of the Institute of Marine Research.

The Award Ceremony took place yesterday evening in FAO Headquarters’ Sheikh Zayed Centre during which FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva presented Margarita Lizárraga Medal Award.

We congratulate the research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen for receiving this award in recognition of the important work it – and the two former Nansen vessels that preceded it - has been carrying out for almost half a century in support of ocean research and fisheries management. Congratulations to the research vessel Dr. Fridtjof Nansen!

On deck aboard the Nansen following a trawl. The Dr Fridtjof Nansen was presented with the Margarita Lizárraga Medal Award for its almost half a century in support of ocean research and fisheries management.
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the launching ceremony for the newest Dr Fridtjof Nansen vessel in Oslo, Norway in 2017.
Norway joins fellow award recipients at FAO Awards ceremony during the 41st session of the FAO Conference. Congratulations to the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and its Dr Fridtjof Nansen research vessel on receiving the 2019 Margarita Lizárraga Medal Award!


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