The Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) in Trinidad and Tobago is marking its 40th anniversary with a series of lectures on the theme “Science and Innovation for Marine Conservation”:
How can marine science help us contribute to the sustainable management of our livelihoods, jobs and our energy-based sectors? We can start from the premise that to understand and achieve sustainable development, an obligation to conserve our marine and coastal environments must also be appreciated and understood. Public interest in marine litter, marine conservation and the blue economy continue to grow locally, while it has gained momentum across the globe.
In commemoration of its 40th anniversary, the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) is excited to announce its 2018 Public Lecture Series, themed ‘Science and Innovation for Marine Conservation’. Starting from the Month of May, the IMA will be hosting a series of lectures to be delivered by experts and leaders – all of whom are visionaries in their respective fields. The lecture series will create a discussion platform not only to hear our keynote speakers inform on issues pertinent to the marine environment, but also to deliberate, discuss and engage on current issues and trends that correspond to the sustainable use of our marine resources.
On the 15th May, 2018, the Vice President of Shell Trinidad and Tobago Limited, Mr. Derek Hudson, will deliver the maiden lecture titled, “Science-based Management of our Oceans, its Economic Value (Blue Economy), Emerging Issues and Challenges for Innovative Management Solutions” at the Old Fire Station Building in Port of Spain commencing promptly at 5:00 p.m. Mr. Hudson will guide us on the significance of our marine ecosystem services, from which employment creation, revenue generation and particularly the energy-based industries are derived. He would also highlight the need for us to start thinking and eventually transitioning to a blue economy, should we aspire for sustainable development.
More lectures will follow in June and July. Find further information on the IMA Facebook page.