26 October 2021
The International Conference on Tropical Sciences (TropSc 2021) was jointly organised by the Mahathir Science Award Foundation (MSAF) and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) to focus on addressing the challenges and appreciating the tropical region’s value to achieve sustainability. Held on a virtual platform from 25-27 October, the forum attracted some 950 participants from more than 40 countries.
Panellists in a discussion.
MIMA was invited to join the Sustainable Blue Economy in the Tropics Panel on 26 October. Cheryl Rita, Head of the Centre for Coastal and Marine Environment from MIMA, spoke about the policy framework and way forward for enhancing cooperation towards sustainability in the region. Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller of the Development, Capable and Ethical State Human Sciences Research Council moderated the session. Panellists also included Prof. Mel Austen from the University of Plymouth, Dr Henrik Österblom from Stockholm University, and Dr Flower Msuya from the University of Dar es Salaam.
The session discussed in detail the present understanding of the state of blue economy development in the region, focus areas, and initiatives and projects undertaken in the different countries involved in blue economy and sustainable growth. It also highlighted areas for further consideration to ensure that positive impacts are derived for coastal communities’ overall well-being and livelihood.
Presentations during the panel.
MIMA has been focusing on sustainable blue economy development, its understanding and awareness, and the policy framework to drive sustainable growth at various levels. We will continue to streamline efforts to ensure timely and suitable inputs are provided on related initiatives.
Snapshot of the panellists in TropSc 2021, covering a diverse range of topics relating to sustainability.