An initiative of OceanLove, Planet Ocean Foundation, Supported by Prominent Hotel Brand Uday Samudra Hotels & Resorts and Bond Ocean Safari, the first edition of Ocean Conference will start today at Uday Samudra Beach & Spa Resort in Kovalam , India.
“We have a host of eminent people and subject matter experts from various reputed institutions, NGOs and organizations speaking on a wide range of subjects related to the oceans at this conference. They will emphasis how important the oceans are for sustaining life. Be part of this worldwide campaign,” said Jackson Peter, Managing Director, Bond Ocean Safari Kovalam.
K R Jyothilal IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Fisheries and Ports, will unveil the logo of Planet Ocean Foundation and deliver the inaugural address. L P Chither, Director of Suchithwa Mission, Government of Kerala will deliver the keynote address. The topics for the conference includes Ocean Literacy: The way forward; Green Protocol, Consumer Behaviour and Alternatives to plastics; Role of Indian Coast Guard in Ocean Conservation; An overview of Marine Bio Diversity in Kerala coast and Ocean Environment and coastal community. Dr A Biju Kumar, Dean of Science, University of Kerala and Professor, Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries; Shibu K Nair, Director of Thanal; V K Varghese, Commandant and Commanding Officer, Indian Coast Guard, Thiruvananthapuram; Dr Linda John, Principal Scientific Officer, Kerala State Biodiversity Board; and Dr Clement Lopez, Director, Centre for Community Development will address the audience on the selected topics.
The ocean is the defining physical feature on our planet Earth - covering about 71% of the planet’s surface, a mega ecosystem that determines the future of the mankind. With the proposal of blue growth and blue economy, the future of the global economy is also going to be centred around the oceans, with its tremendous potential to support human species though the supply of food, nutrients, biomaterials, energy, transportation, tourism and live saving medicines, not to speak of its role in global oxygen production and climate regulation. Yet the oceans around the globe are in bad shape due to anthropogenic interventions. There are global efforts to create awareness about the importance of oceans. The year 1998 was the International Year of the Ocean by declaration of the United Nations. The purpose of this was to promote public awareness and understanding of the oceans, a dominant aspect of the environment. The oceans are also a key player in global change issues, including climate change. The year 2018 is considered as the third International Year of the Reef (IYOR). On 8th June each year, we celebrate the World Ocean Day (WOD) to create awareness on oceans, its importance in our lives, and how we can protect it. World Oceans Day helps raise the profile of the ocean and inspire more involvement in helping to conserve this amazing resource we all depend on. The theme of WOD this year is “Preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean”.
Ocean Conference event will commence at 3pm on 8th June 2018 and its open for Public.