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Inaugural Session

Indian Ocean Rim Association Whale & Dolphin Watching Workshop
"Building Sustainable Whale & Dolphin Watching Tourism in the Indian Ocean Region"
Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka
24-26 February 2016


Time Item
17:00 - 19:00 Registration -Foyer (note: limited registration is also available on wednesday morning)
DAY 1: Wednesday, 24 February
8:30 -9:00 Registration (continued) - foyer

Inaugural Session - Crystal Ballroom (lower level)

Lighting of traditional oil lamp

Welcome remarks from dignitaries:
Dr Saman Kelegama, Exexcutive Director, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS)
Mr Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife
H.E. Mr Bryce Hutchesson, Australian High Commissioner-designate, as Guest of Honour
Ms Pia Simonsen, Deputy Director, IORA Secretariat
Mr Bruno Mainini, Chair, International Whaling Commission 
Group photograph

10:00-10:30 MORNING TEA
10:30-10:45 Workshop opening - Grand Crystal Ballroom (upper level)
Programme, housekeeping, participant introductions
Facilitator - Mr Mark Simmonds OBE 


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