I+DeAlgas: theoretical and practical training in blue cosmeceutics and algae photobiology at the Spanish Algae Bank (BEA).

Women from the Almostakbal Cooperative in Morocco, together with two professors from the Multidisciplinary Faculty of Nador (FPN), have participated in theoretical and practical training days at the Spanish Algae Bank (BEA). This training focused on two main areas: algal photobiology and blue cosmeceuticals, as well as agricultural applications of algae.

During the training, theoretical bases were provided on Photobiology and Biotechnology of algae, knowledge on bioactive compounds with cosmeceutical applications and the design of cosmeceutical products based on natural cosmetics from biomass and extracts of algae and plants. The objective was to provide participants with basic knowledge on phytopathology and the use of algae in agriculture as biostimulants and bioprotectors against fungal pathogens. Techniques for the preparation of algal extracts and the use of bioactive compounds in agriculture were taught, as well as the application of these extracts on pathogens and plants.

This training is part of the project “I+DeAlgas: Women promoting sustainable development in the Marchica Lagoon”. This initiative, promoted by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) and Women for Africa, and funded by the Spanish Agency for Development Cooperation (AECID), is a commitment to sustainable development led by women, in line with the most advanced research in the algae sector. This project not only provides a source of income, but also drives a profound and positive development in the Marchica Lagoon and the province of Nador towards a blue and green economy.

The women participants delve into the cultivation of endemic algae, a pilot project implemented with a cooperative of local artisanal fishermen, establishing a collaborative model for progress and necessary livelihoods. This project supports scientific research and educational offerings at the Multidisciplinary Faculty of Nador, in addition to training focused on specific competencies for seaweed cultivation, essential for the sustainable development of the sector. Recent research shows that algae cultivation can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reverse ocean acidification and improve the marine environment. This project will improve the quality of life in the Eastern region and have a positive impact on the global environment.

This pioneering project is initiated with the collaboration of Women for Africa, the ULPGC, the cooperatives Al Mostakbal Letahaleb Albahriya and Marchica de la Pêche Artisanale, the Association Femmes pour l’Afrique and the Multidisciplinary Faculty of Nador.

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