The International Conference on Status and Protection of Coral Reefs (STAPCOR – 2018) was organised at at Bangaram coral Island of Union Territory of Lakshadweep.
Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the conference.
Theme for the event is “Reef for Life”.
About 150 delegates both International and National, are participating in this mega event at Bangaram Island from 22nd to 24th October, 2018.
The delegates and keynote speakers for technical deliberations have come from United State of America, United Kingdom, Kuwait, Italy, France, Maldives and Sri lanka.
Evolving effective management strategies leading to restoration of coral reef, along with the practice of green good deed for behavioral change and social responsibility in day to day life was also emphasized.
Lakshadweep will establish an International Atoll Research Centre, with world class infrastructures for scientific research on corals.
The Department of Environment and Forest, Union Territory of Lakshadweep Administration organised this mega conference with the technical support of Zoological Survey of India and in association with Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, IUCN, ENVIS in consonance with declaration of the year 2018 as 3rd decadal International year of Reefs.