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Mrs. Alina Saldanha inaugurates International Symposium on the Indian Ocean
“Any large alterations in the marine environment which may affect the ecosystem services will have potentially large socio-economic impacts” said Mrs Alina Saldanha, Minister of Science & Technology, Museums and Rural Development, Govt of Goa, while inaugurating the International Symposium on the Indian Ocean entitled “Dynamics of the Indian Ocean: Perspective and Retrospective” being held at NIO, Dona Paula, Goa, from 30 November to 4 December 2015.
She further stated that “this symposium was well-timed because of the ongoing climate change arising from human activities. The impending global warming is debatably one of the most serious challenges ever faced by mankind, ironically one of its own making”. She added that the deliberations at this symposium would be of great relevance to India, in general, and Goa in particular, because we have a long coastline and a very large fraction of our population lives close to the coast and is dependent on ecosystem services offered by the sea. In the state of Goa, for example, tourism, shipping and fishing are among the most important economic activities.
Earlier during the programme, Dr. Shailesh Nayak, former Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences (Govt. of Indi) and Chairman, National Organising Committee, welcomed the participants to this sy
mposium. He emphasized that the main aim of this symposium is to analyse our accomplishments during last fifty years and plan for the future. He mentioned that we have gained some insight into the changing ecosystem affecting our weather, climate and hazards. It has also provided us energy, both living and non-living resources and an ecosystem to survive.
Further during the programme, Dr. SWA Naqvi, Director, CSIR-NIO highlighted the major achievements of the institute during the past 50 years, which was
established as an outcome of the International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE) held during 1959 to 1965. One of the most significant contributions made by NIO during this early period was the publication of atlases documenting distribution of zooplankton in the Indian Ocean by the Indian Ocean Biological Centre (IOBC), Kochi. Dr. Naqvi mentioned some on the pioneering research led by NIO over the past 50 years.
On this occasion, Mr. GR Patil, Dy Suptd. Post Office, Goa Division handover the special postal cover tht was released by the Hon’ble Minister, Mrs Saldanha. A tribute was paid to the all the former Directors of NIO namely Dr. NK Pannikar, Dr. SZ Qasim, Dr. VVR Varadachari, Dr. HN Siddique and Dr. BN Desai, Dr. E. Desa, Dr. MD Zingde, Dr. SR Shetye were felicitated during the programme.
This Symposium was jointly organized by CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Earth Sciences (Government of India), Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO.
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