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Open Sciences & Environment

Establishment of an IORA Centre of Excellence on Ocean Sciences and Environment

Ocean resources play a significant role in the economies of the rim countries and hence, the sustainability of the ocean environment is very crucial. Unless timely actions are taken, these environmental issues can significantly affect the region's economic development and environmental sustainability.

Sri Lanka has emphasized the need for a regional level centre for Indian Ocean rim countries to serve as the focal point in facilitating research, capacity building, and resource mobilization to address the relevant environmental issues at regional level. The following issues are proposed to be taken in a prioritized manner. They include matters related to bio-security, climate change, energy, and other oceanic resources.

A workshop to launch the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Ocean Sciences and Environment will be held from 30 June to 1 July 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The major objectives of the workshop are:

  • To present the structure and implementation of the proposed CoE among the member countries and local partners, and get their comments and suggestions
  • To establish a network between the member countries to exchange and share ideas in relation to Ocean Sciences and Environment, via the proposed CoE, and
  • To identify specific priority issues that the CoE has to focus on in its initial stage, which can be fed into the formulation of a regional action plan