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Diginar "Staying Ahead of the Curve: Advancing S&T Innovation and Collaboration to accelerate Blue Economy in India" - 17th February, 2021, 11:00h - 16:00h (IST)

Website of the diginar & introduction :
https://wsds.teriin.org/

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) would be organising a diginar on the theme of, " Staying Ahead of the Curve: Advancing S &T Innovation and Collaboration to accelerate Blue Economy in India". This virtual workshop is a part of the Quadrilateral Dialogue series being jointly organised by KAS (India Office)-TERI-NMF-FICCI on, "Blue Economy-India’s’ Pathway to a Sustainable, Secure and Resilient Economy" from 2020-2021. The Diginar would be held from 1100 h to 1600 h (IST), on Wednesday, 17th February 2021.  

The role of science and technology is critical to achieve both economic as well as sustainability opportunities. Understanding oceans, exploring economic opportunities, enhancing preservation and conservation are intrinsically linked to technology and innovation. India has been proactively engaged in enhancing its scientific and research impetus in oceanic research yet it still has to achieve significant progress in research to become one of the global leaders in this area.

There are two levels of research and innovation in ocean economy- first level of research would aid in understanding oceans systems and to preserve its ecology. The second level is the adoption and implementation of technologies to support blue economy sectors like shipping, tourism, fishing etc. Both these types of research and innovation is necessary to implement blue economy and SDG 14 goals.

In addition, there two more major areas that need particular focus to strengthen India’s Blue economy agenda and take it forward. The first necessity is to expand training, capacity building programmes and R&D in ocean related sectors. A strong skill development foundation will be able to contribute effectively to India’s future blue economy needs. The second major aspect that needs considerable efforts and initiatives is the establishing linkages for information and data collection and dissemination. While information networks are in place and are working together- further integration of information from other stakeholders such as autonomous research institutions, private entities and coastal communities would enhance the quality of information. An interlinked and well-connected network aids in understanding the complex ocean systems better and would create ease of information flow to all stakeholders dependent on oceans.