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International Symposium on Advances in Coastal Research with special reference to the Indo-Pacific

National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT)
Chennai, India 
17 – 19 December 2019

The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 – Life Below Water – calls for commitment to focus on the protection of the oceans and marine resources. In this particular goal, countries are to achieve a sustainable management of marine resources and significantly reduce all types of marine pollution. Case in point is the countries across the Indo-Pacific, which share common coastal problems and issues. To address them, the Indo-Pacific will require an international partnership, regulations for fish harvesting, and efforts to enhance research knowledge on critical issues concerned with the survival of life below water.

Towards this end, cooperation between India's Ministry of Earth Sciences, the National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR), and the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) was borne to share scientific knowledge and advances in coastal research from the region. They organised the International Symposium on Advances in Coastal Research with special reference to Indo-Pacific 2019 (AdCoRe IP 2019). The symposium gathered more than 200 international and regional scientific experts, academicians, researchers, policymakers, as well as local participants onto a common collaboration platform, in the topic of global and regional challenges faced by coastal areas worldwide.

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Participants listening to the speakers’ presentations during the forum.

Key themes (during the Concurrent Sessions and Exhibition) addressed during the symposium included marine pollution, coastal erosion and sediment transport, coastal hazards, coastal vulnerability, climate change and impacts on the coasts, Blue Economy and coastal governance, as well as ocean technologies. The forum included speakers from Australia, Japan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Philippines, United Kingdom, and the United States. MIMA’s Head of the Centre of Coastal and Marine Environment, Cheryl Rita Kaur, was invited to speak on Blue Economy, focusing on the environment and resource management aspect. 

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Cheryl Rita Kaur (2nd from left) with key speakers and representatives focusing on Blue Economy in the region.

The Symposium was useful in creating a better understanding of common coastal issues, enhancing cooperation, and devising potential strategies and policy perspectives at the national and regional levels.

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The exhibition showcased local and national research findings on coastal areas.

MIMA is proud to have been involved in this regional engagement and will continue to play a role and support similar initiatives, especially in terms of policy research focusing on the coastal and marine environment, as well as resource governance.

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