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NIO celebrates the 9th Ocean Day 8th June 2017

In 2008, United Nations General Assembly decided that from 2009 onwards 8 June was designated as the “World’s Oceans Day”, through a UN Resolution 63/111, paragraph 171, adopted on 8 December, 2008. This year Ocean Day is celebrated with the first-ever United Nations Ocean Conference in New York. Bringing together Heads of State, high level dignitaries from across the World, Dr. Asif Inam, Director General NIO is also attended the conference. In order to demonstrate solidarity with the international Community, National Institute of Oceanography organized an Open House on 8th June 2017 in NIO to celebrate the 9th Ocean Day and discuss the role of oceans in our lives and to raise awareness of the current challenges faced by the humanity in connection with the oceans.


The Dr. Monawwar Saleem, Chief Scientific Officer, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) delivered his lecture introducing the significance of the day and the background under which the United Nation declared June 8 from 2009 onwards as the “World Ocean Day”. He further elaborated the UN theme for this year, which is “Our Ocean, Our Future”, and spoke about the importance of the oceans. He also highlighted the issues and challenges faced by oceans like pollution, Sea level rise, Oxygen depletion, and Global warming and Ocean acidification. He pointed out that since the industrial revolution about 375 billion tons of carbons have been emitted by humans to the atmosphere as CO2. This acidification is affecting the marine biota with direct effect on the marine food web as a result; coral reefs, shellfisheries, capture fisheries and mari-culture activities are greatly affected.


The 9th Ocean Day celebrations ended in informative movie emphasizing the threats faced by oceans. In the end, the coordinator Dr. Hina Baig from NIO thanked the participants with hope that the gathering will reconvene again next year 2018, to celebrate the 10th World Ocean Day.

UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION ACCEPTS PAKISTAN’S CASE ON THE EXTENTED CONTINENTAL SHELF FOR PAKISTAN.

The UN Commission on Limits of Continental Shelf hason Friday 21st March 2015, announced adoption of the recommendations for Extension of Pakistan Continental Shelf. With this Pakistan’s continental shelf limits stands extended from 200 to 350 nautical miles, giving Pakistan sovereign rights over additional areaof 50,000sq km beyond Pakistan’s Exclusive Economic Zone thus increasing Pakistan’s maritime area from 240,000 sq km at present to about 290,000 sq km.

Sixth Session of IOC Regional Committee for Central Indian Ocean (IOCINDIO-VI), Kuwait City, Kuwait, 24-25 May 2017 and IOCINDIO Strategic Revitalization Scoping Workshop, 22-23 May 2017


Dr. Samina Kidwai of the National Institute of Oceanography presented Pakistan in the IOCINDIO Strategic Revitalization Scoping Workshop (22-23 May) and the IOCINDIO-VI (24-25 May, 2017). The event was organized to gain and maintain the momentum when several international initiatives are taking place in the region, creating favorable conditions to support ongoing regional and national efforts of IOCINDIO Member States. In particular, the 2nd International Indian Ocean Expedition (2015–2020), the Decade of African Seas and Oceans (2015–2025), and a significant number of IOC/UNESCO related programmes and activities including Tsunami, Global Sea-level Observing System, Global Ocean Observing System with the Indian Ocean Observing System; International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange, Integrated Coastal Area Management and the IOC Capacity Development Strategy.

The Minister of Education and Higher Education H.E. Dr. Mohammad Al-Fares inaugurated the event. Dr. Samira A. S. Omar, Director General, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) made the welcoming address. The current Chair of the IOCINDIO Dr. M. A. Atmananad (INDIA) introduced the scope of the workshop and projects identification, followed by Mr. Justin Ahanhanzo, IOC/UNESCO who provided the background for the reactivation of IOCINDIO with the rationale of the scoping workshop. This was followed by the views and expression of interest of Member States Representatives and partners.

Dr. Kidwai, in her opening statement at the inauguration session explained that Pakistan had successfully extended its Continental Shelf area and Oceanography in Pakistan was more visible now. The implementation of SDG 14 has gained attention and Pakistan also attended the IPCC meeting in Monacco. NIO Pakistan was also participating in the IIOE-2 initiatives and hence there were huge opportunities for oceanography in Pakistan. Pakistan viz a vis NIO Pakistan would do all in our limited capacities to support UNESCO IOC/IIOE-2 and other programmes aligned with our national programmes, and appreciate the support & cooperation of the regional partners.

Extension of Continental Shelf Pakistan

The UN Commission on Limits of Continental Shelf hason Friday 21st March 2015, announced adoption of the recommendations for Extension of Pakistan Continental Shelf. With this Pakistan’s continental shelf limits stands extended from 200 to 350 nautical miles, giving Pakistan sovereign rights over additional areaof 50,000sq km beyond Pakistan’s Exclusive Economic Zone thus increasing Pakistan’s maritime area from 240,000 sq km at present to about 290,000 sq km.



Know your Ocean

No Matter where you live, the ocean affects your life


of protein consumption
comes from fish

of our oceans
are covered by sea Ice

of ocean is unexplored
by humans

of CO2 ocean abbsorbs
to the atmosphere
from human activites
each year

of international TRADE
travels by ships

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