Keeping with the MIcan tradition, the day started with the chief guest Mr. Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, GOI planting a tree in the college premises.
In the inaugural session, the chief guest highlighted the fact that conventional “development”
The final session of the day had panelists speaking on the issues relevant to the lives of the people in coastal areas which in turn are related to the environmental and economic aspects. They spoke at length about how involving the local community in finding sustainable solutions to the problems is of utmost importance.
After the panel discussion, the floor was opened up to the students for questions. One student questioned the effectiveness of Eco Tourism. He highlighted that in many a regions, local residents were driven away to make way for eco tourism infrastructure. A representative of the World Bank responded by saying that the World Bank believes in working with the locals. Their plans always aim at including and protecting the cultural heritage and histories of the region.
The three day long seminar will see further discussions in the coming two days on the science and art of coastal ecology, eco-communication-
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