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Leaders' Dialogues

Leaders' Dialogue 3 (16:00 - 17:30, Tamna Hall A)

EMPOWERING THE NEXT GENERATIONS

Emerging conservation and community leaders will be involved in discussion striving to create more sustainable future to empower and engage with next generations.

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  • NameVedharajan Balaji
  • NationalityIndia
  • OrganizationOMCAR Foundation
  • TitleDirector

Professional Background

-Present the member (IUCN CEC)
-2018-Present Project investigator of a seagrass GIS mapping research project
-2008 Project leader and consultatn, Community based mangraove restration techniques

Education

-PhD in Zoology, at K.M.College, Bharathidasan university
-M.Phil., in marine biology, CAS in Marine Biology, Annamalai University
-M.Sc., in marine biology, CAS in Marine Biology, Annamalai University
-B.Sc., in Zoology, K.M. College, Bharathidasan University

Introduction of the Organization

OMCAR Foundation (Organization for Marine Conservation, Awareness and Research) was founded by marine biologist Vedharajan Balaji. In 2011, the organization established OMCAR Palk Bay Conservation Education Centre with special focus on preserving dugongs and its habitat in Palk Bay.
This centre serves as a open platform for providing
1) Stranding response for dugongs and other marine mammals
2) Active marine conservation education field trips to rural-coastal schools
3) Providing support for dugong habitat conservation research
4) Alternative livelihood support for fishers
5) Facilitation of stakeholder conservation meetings
6) Designing marine education tools
7) Providing technical support for coastal restoration and
8) Establishment of Community based Marine Protected Zones in Palk Bay.
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