Mauritius Oceanography Institute (MOI) is organising various activities to encourage young people to act on their own initiatives as well as collectively to improve marine resource management.
The activities will be held on Wednesday at the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre (RGSC), Bell Village, to mark World Oceans Day celebrated on June 8.
The events on Wednesday will kick off a series of activities which will span over two years centred on the theme ‘Youth: the next wave for change’.
Emphasis will be placed on the importance of youth involvement in the community.
The Day will also be an opportunity to renew the commitment of everyone to work for the protection of the oceans through sustainable exploitation and management of these resources.
Secondary school students will be invited to take part in a forum at the RGSC. Rezah Badal, officer in charge at the MOI will educate young people on the importance of the ocean and its richness.
Mamade Beebeejaun, deputy director at the Mauritius Meteorological Services, will focus on the impacts of climate change on coastal regions.
For his part, Sreenivasan Soondron, divisional scientific officer at the Albion Fisheries Research Centre, will focus on the local fishing industry.
A film on the preservation of the ocean will be screened. There will also be an exhibition on the environment.
Through these activities, MOI wants to raise awareness among youth about the preservation of the environment.