Meeting on "Future Research of Floating Marine Plastics Debris in the Indonesian Seas" held in Indonesia (2018/11/26)
Last Update : 2018-12-13 10:59
On November 27, 2018, the meeting on "Future Research of Floating Marine Plastics Debris in the Indonesian Seas" was held at Watermark Hotel, Bali, Indonesia. TUMSAT hosted this meeting calling for participation to attendees of the International Symposium held at Umitaka-Maru on the day before. Government officials from Indonesian government and Japanese Ministry of Environment also attended the meeting.
The participants of the meeting are as follows:
・Dr. Tadashi Tokai, Vice President and Executive Director for International Affairs, TUMSAT
・Mr. Basilio Dias Araujo, Assistant Deputy, Maritime Security and Resilience, Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs
・Dr. Kanako Sato, Deputy Director, Office of Marine Environment, Water Environment Division, Ministry of Environment
・15 researchers from Bogor Agriculture University, Sam Ratulangi University, University of Riau, Mulawarman University, Hasanuddin University, and Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation of Myanmar (Those people attended the Umitaka-Maru Symposium held on 26th.)
At the beginning, Dr. Tokai gave opening remarks, explaining that the objectives of the meeting are to discuss the necessity of investigating the actual condition of marine plastics debris in the Indonesian Seas and the possibility of research collaboration. Mr. Araujo's remarks followed, mentioning the importance of measures against marine debris, in particular the needs for experts to investigate micro plastics.
After the opening remarks, the session started with the presentation by Dr. Sato on the situation of the marine litter problem in the world and the introduction of the efforts to combat the problem in Japan. The next presenter was Dr. Tokai, introducing the research method of macro- and micro-plastics debris in the ocean and the research results of TUMSAT. Finally, Mr. Araujo presented the introduction of the efforts to combat the marine debris in Indonesia. Active discussion was held after each presentation, and all the participants recognized the importance of the understanding the actual state of the marine debris, especially micro plastics. The attendees also suggested wider participation in the possible research collaboration by related research organizations and universities, and Mr. Araujo proposed the experts meeting in the near future. The meeting was very meaningful for future research collaboration.