International Conference on Oceans and Rivers (ICOR)

Organization: Fiji National University

Venue: Fiji National University Nadi Campus

Location: Namaka, Fiji

Event Date/Time: Oct 14, 2014 End Date/Time: Oct 17, 2014
Abstract Submission Date: Aug 15, 2014
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Description

Water, rivers and their important ecological, socio-cultural, cultural, economic and institutional connectedness to Oceans, remain an integral part of the Asia-Pacific and international cultural landscapes of tradition. Social and cultural perspectives of water and oceans exist within a ridge-to-reef concept and capture many of the current problems that Asia-Pacific (including islands) peoples are facing every day; particularly with more recent human induced climate change.

The primary message of the Conference will be on how rivers and oceans are important conduits to building socio-cultural, economic and ecological resilience to climate change, as a major challenge the future sustainability of the Pacific Islands and its people. The Conference will also highlight new approaches, science, concepts or innovative principles and practical applications or examples of studies that have taken place in the Asia-Pacific and other international regions within the past decade in a multitude of cross cutting themes related to water and oceans. Interconnectedness and understanding the socio-cultural nexus between traditional (or local) ecological knowledge and western science, is another underlying message of the Conference. Throughout the conference, efforts will be made to recognise and increase the understanding of the critical role of traditional knowledge and how western science can work together in finding solutions for the future. By improving our understanding of the importance of rivers and oceans, participants can reflect on ways that Asia-Pacific island communities and other international coastal or inland communities are adapting to climate change.

Objectives

  1. To host a strong regional conference on water (rivers and oceans) with key international contributions to strengthen healthy strategies on water resource protection, climate change, health, education, awareness and disaster preparedness, by building both institutional and community capacity.
  2. To enhance the sustainability of future work by building capacity between universities, indigenous peoples, non-governmental organizations, policy makers, government, NGOs and UN agencies concerned with water.
  3. Mobilise new knowledge and build-on lessons-learned in science and technology; environment, biodiversity and indigenous epistemologies as well as water resources and health and education in the Asia-Pacific region as well as internationally.

Anticipated Outcomes

  1. Enhanced body of knowledge about rivers, oceans and their cultural and social interconnectedness.
  2. Improve knowledge and build on lessons-learned in science and technology; environment, biodiversity and indigenous epistemologies as well as water resources and health and education.
  3. Improved education at all levels about water and oceans.
  4. Informed values, practices and laws that respect water and oceans.
  5. Improved health and well-being of all communities.
  6. Informed policy-making to improve the protection, maintenance and sustainability of marine and freshwater environments.

Please send your abstracts to ajantha.perera@fnu.ac.fj by the 15th of August, 2014.  If you are interested in presenting a poster, please send it to the same email address by the 30th of August.   

Venue

Fiji National University Nadi Campus, Queens Road
Namaka
Fiji
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Organizations

Fiji National University