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Manado, Indonesia 11-15 May 2009


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Highlights for Tuesday, 12 May 2009

On Tuesday, 12 May 2009, the World Ocean Conference 2009 entered its second day in Manado, Indonesia. At the Grand Kawanua Centre, a closed session of the Senior Officials Meeting continued deliberations on the draft Manado Ocean Declaration. Meanwhile, at the Manado Convention Center, over two thousand participants gathered for the opening of the International Symposium on Ocean Science, Technology and Policy.

Emil Salim, University of Indonesia, presented a keynote address at the opening ceremony of the International Symposium on Ocean Science, Technology and Policy.



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Participants waiting for the side events to begin

Roger McManus, Conservation International, presented on the Coral Triangle Initiative Craig Starger, UCLA, presented on inferring patterns of connectivity and conservation priorities in the Coral Triangle through the integration of genetics and modeling

Natasha Stacey, Charles Darwin University, Australia, presented findings on whale shark migration research in East Indonesia.


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View from the Manado Convention Center

Nancy Knowlton, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, presented on coral reef biodiversity and local management Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, University of Queensland, discussed the fate of coral reefs in an increasingly hostile ocean


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Participants listened to presentations on the connections between coral and climate

Robin Engel, Song Line Cruises of Indonesia, provided recommendations for the sustainable development of the marine tourism industry in Indonesia. Sapta Nirwandar, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Indonesia, stressed that tourism must both improve the local community’s quality of life and preserve the environment.


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Around the venue

Seaside view of Manado, Indonesia




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