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CTI Symposium held; SCTR Roundtable Discussion proposes first deadline on September

by Lourdes Margarita last modified Jun 15, 2011

Ten resource persons from different CTI projects, including Prof. Dr. Nor Aieni Haji Mokhtar, CTI Focal Person for Malaysia and Marine Science Specialist, and Dr. Edgardo Gomez, ADB KM RETA Marine Science Specialist, presented papers during the CTI Symposium on 17 June 2011 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Malaysia.

The symposium’s theme was “Scientific Research and Sustainable Management of Ocean Ecosystem Health,” and was organized as a sub-event of the 22nd Pacific Science Congress (PSC). Speakers gave a bird’s eye view of the CTI and discussed ongoing research projects to the broader PSC clientele.

Dr. Gomez also spearheaded a Roundtable Discussion on the State of the Coral Triangle Report (SCTR) on 18 June 2011 at the Corus Hotel. Twenty-five participants attended the workshop with representatives from the PSC, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines NCCs, and the Interim Secretariat.

It was proposed and generally agreed that the six countries will attempt to complete the draft report of the SCTR by September 2011, in time for the 7th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM).

Held every four years, the PSC gives scientists working in the Pacific the chance to discuss how they can address complex challenges including security issues, growing vulnerability to natural hazards, access to water and energy resources, access to health and education, income inequality, and the provision of ecosystem services to communities.

This year, it was held from 14-18 June 2011 and was organized by the Pacific Science Association (PSA), the Malaysian Academy of Science (ASM), the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre, and the  International Council for Science.

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Click here to see the Resolutions from the 22nd PSC.

June 2011 issue