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CoML activities in India and Indian Ocean region - Future directions
The Kochi Regional Centre of the National Institute of Oceanography, in association with the Centre for Marine Living
Resources and Ecology (CMLRE), organized a one-day workshop on 1 December 2010 at Kochi to discuss the sustenance of CoML activities in India and the Indian Ocean region. The meeting was attended by about 20 senior officials of the line ministries of the Government of India, senior scientists from national research organizations and professors from Universities, besides members of IO-CoML secretariat at NIO (Dr. M. Wafar, Dr. P.A. Lokabharathi and Dr. B. Ingole) Chairman (Dr. Ian Poiner) and the Indian Ocean member (Dr. D. Chandramohan) of the Scientific Steering Committee of CoML, a Senior Scientist (Dr. P. Miloslavich) from CoML secretariat, vice-chairman (Dr. S. Bandeira) of Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association and the program officer (Dr. N. Perera) in South Asia Co-operative Environment Program.
The brainstorming session in the morning program was chaired by Dr. V.N. Sanjeevan, Director, CMLRE and moderated by
Dr. D. Chandramohan. This session was devoted to identification of gaps in major thematic areas such as inventories (lead person: Dr. K. Venkatraman), coastal ecosystems (Prof. N.M. Madhyastha), barcode of marine life (Dr. J.K. Jena), technological options (Dr. Elgar Desa), microbial biodiversity (Dr. P.A. Lokabharathi), deep sea biology (Dr. Baban Ingole), marine fisheries (Dr. E. Vivekanandan), Coastal biodiversity (Prof. A.V. Raman), OBIS and IndOBIS (Dr. C.T. Achuthankutty), regional co-operation (Dr. S. Bandeira) and policy options (Prof. T.J. Pandian).
The deliberations led to the identification of following areas where the scope for CoML research activities is greatest: spatial and temporal coverage in surveys, building and retaining human
capacity, maintenance of critical and sensitive habitats, routine and target-driven technological applications, enhancement of monitoring and predictive capabilities, uniform documentation and transparent dissemination, linking up with regional programs, and prioritization of research areas in consonance with funding opportunities in the 12th five year plan period.
The evening session was devoted to a well-attended public lecture by Dr. Ian Poiner on “Census of Marine Life – A decade of Discovery” and a press-meet.
Dr. Abdul Anas Aziz from RC of NIO at Kochi and Dr. P.A. Lokabharathi from NIO HQ at Goa coordinated the workshop.
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