As the wrath of the Tsunami recently showed, disaster in the marine environment can attain terrifying dimensions.
Be it a man-made marine disaster or a natural one, preparedness is the key to disaster management.
The objective of the Seminar on Marine Disaster: Impacts, Lessons, Remedies, held on 17 February, 2005, was to take stock of the situation from the point of view of geologists, meteorologists, biologists, oceanographers, environmentalists, geographers and anthropologists in order to rectify the lapses in our disaster mitigation and management system.
The seminar took a holistic approach to the problem and outlined remedial measures like installation of warning system, GIS-based mapped land use, construction of earthquake-resistant structures and use of IT-supported communication system and mock trials for preparedness.
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SEI also offers an indepth disaster management course.
Our state is drained by a fascinating crisscross of rivers while the briny waves of the Bay of Bengal lap against its shores. Indeed, for our poets, writers, singers, musicians, sculptors, dramatists and filmmakers, the river and the sea have often been the Muse. But sadly enough, this creative debt has gone largely unacknowledged, as the beneficiaries have shown little concern for our rivers that continue to degenerate and perish in the midst of our collective ignorance and neglect.
The interactive Seminar on Marinescape: Creativity and Crisis of Bengal, held in February 2003, was a novel venture in which our writers and artists were brought together to take up the cause of the rivers and the seas.
The Marinescape handbook contains papers presented by distinguished writers on the theme at this event.
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The Ganga flows along the edge of Calcutta not only as a silent witness to the chequered history of the city, but also as its very lifeline. The city lives off the river.
In spite of our absolute dependence on its bounty, city-dwellers tend to show little gratitude. The outcome of this insensitivity has been that today both the city and the river of the poetâ€™s fancy, the common manâ€™s daily concern and the academicâ€™s interest are in crisis.
Drawing attention to the alarming magnitude of the problem, SEI organized the seminar on The River and the City on 17 March, 1998, with an eye towards evolving a meaningful policy and recommendation for improvement of both the river and the city.
The seminar brought together concerned academics, technocrats and policymakers from relevant government departments in order to inspire viable suggestions for resurgence.
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