13/03/2012 Regional Meeting of Marine Institutes

PERSGA organized a regional meeting for academic institutions, universities and research centers specialized in marine sciences in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden region during 13 -14 March 2012. The meeting gathered deans, directors and representatives of 16 different marine academic and research institutes, and PERSGA staff with the objectives of  discussing the current status of marine research, their future perspectives, and options for regional cooperation between PERSGA member states. The meeting aims also at identifying marine research gaps and the priorities of research programmes, and linkages between scientific research, conservation issues and decision making mechanisms in coastal and marine ecosystems of the region.  

In his address to meeting in the opening session, Prof. Ziad Abu Ghararah - PERSGA Secretary General has enumerated the advantages of such regional fora for the region, such as providing platform for sharing knowledge, information exchange, and updating on research capacities and ongoing research projects in the different institutions. He expressed the regional perspective of PERSGA to establish a n effective regional mechanism, networking and linkage between marine institutions in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

PERSGA has previously organized two regional scientific conferences on coastal/ marine research & sustainable development in the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf regions “Sea to Sea conferences” in 1998 and 2005.  It has also hosted the Regional Seas Global Meeting in 2007 in collaboration with UNEP. Thus, PERSGA considers building strong linkages with and among academic and research institutes as essential for establishing and functioning of conservation programmes and efforts that are based on scientific research and findings. This would facilitate appropriate identification and prioritization of environmental issues and feed back of scientific information to decision making and providing solutions to sustainable development issues and problems.

The meeting recommendations included: 

  • PERSGA will work in coordination with the national focal points and marine research and academic institutes organizations (research centers, institutes and universities) to make such regional meetings sustainabile to assist in reviewing status of marine environment in the region, and to identify priorities, challenges and emerging issues with regards to conservation of the marine environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

  • Create a regional database for research and scientific papers published in local and international scientific journals on coastal/marine environment in PERSGA region, and provide links to marine research and academic institutes in the region on PERSGA Website.

  • Initiate the establishment of a regional scientific coastal/ marine bulletin with special emphasis on Red Sea and Gulf of Aden to promote scientific publications on the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, and enhance contributions by scientists from the region to marine sciences.

The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden