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      Dr. J. R. Bhatt is an internationally known expert in marine science and climate issues. At present, he serves in the capacity of Advisor (Climate Change), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India. He also acts as the Chair, Steering Committee, Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research. As the Director,  Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India, he has handled many projects in the areas like coastal and marine biodiversity, mangroves, coral reefs, capacity building in taxonomy, traditional knowledge etc.
      Dr. Vasudevan Rajagopalan, a Padma Sree awardee in 2018, is known as plastic man of India. His ingenious idea of converting plastic waste into usable form of tar for road construction has caught the world’s attention and he has shared this technology with the Government of India for free. Currently, he serves as the Dean and head of the Chemistry Department, Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, Tamil Nadu.
      Adv. Afroz Shah is an environmental organizer and a lawyer from Mumbai. He, along with his army of 12000 volunteers had collected over 4,000 tons of trash from 2.5 kilometre stretch of Versova beach, Mumbai. Considering his efforts, the United Nations awarded him the UN’s highest environmental honour, the ‘Champions of the Earth’ in 2016. He has also received the ‘Indian of The Year 2017’ award from CNN-NEWS18.
      Dr. Saly N. Thomas is Principal Scientist in the Fishing Technology Division of ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Kochi. She is an expert on green fishing systems and responsible & sustainable harvesting of fishery resources. She also has done research on ghost nets and ghost fishing.

Dr. E.V Ramasamy is an expert on biodegradation, bioremediation and water quality. He contributes to science in his capacity as Associate Professor, Division of Environmental Biotechnology and Waste Management, School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala.

      Ajay Venkataraman currently works with the marine programme at the World Wildlife Fund for Nature - India, which is involved in work on quantifying the extent of and mitigating impacts of ghost nets and marine debris. At WWF, Ajay works on projects related to marine debris, elasmobranchs, marine protected areas and coral reef monitoring, among others. His primary interest lies in the removal of ghost gear through the participation of fishing communities.
      Dr. V. Kripa serves as the Principal Scientist and Head, Fishery Environment Management Division, ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi. She has considerable expertise on climate change and its impacts on marine fisheries, quantification and mapping the spread of marine litter and blue carbon stock estimation. She is also associated with IPCC for review and preparation of IPCC reports.


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The Venue

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Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi


The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi, is a premier research Institute under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, devoted to research and training in marine fisheries, mariculture and marine environment. ICAR-CMFRI has three Regional Centres viz., Mandapam Camp, Visakhapatnam & Veraval and eight Research Centres located along the Indian coastline, catering to the marine fishery policy needs of all maritime states of the country.

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