2nd International Sustainable Sea Transport in the Pacific Talanoa Celebrating the Past – Sailing into the Future 14 – 18 July 2014

call for abstracts

Building on the first successful Sustainable Sea Transport Talanoa held in Suva in 2012, the 2nd International Sustainable Sea Transport in the Pacific Talanoa will again bring together key stakeholders with an interest in heritage, culture, seafaring, science, vessel design, economics, policy, regulation, and industry to celebrate Oceania’s seafaring heritage and progress planning towards a sustainable seafaring future.

Sea transport is the Pacific’s lifeline.  Issues of sea transport remain universal and primary, a basic human need of Oceanic peoples today and tomorrow as throughout all past human interaction with the Pacific.  The region’s transport issues are unique; tiny economies scattered at the ends of some of the longest transportation routes in the world and arguably the most challenging network to maintain per capita and per sea mile with the resource base available to support it.  Sea transport is essential at all levels of society from fishing and local transport needs of small isolated islands and villages to inter-regional shipping needs of nation states.  Yet Pacific Islanders once moved at will around the Pacific using only renewable energy-powered vessels.

The Talanoa will be of interest to communities, seafarers, government agencies, NGOs, research institutions, regional organisations, and shipping and boat building industry.

Deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to December 31, 2013

See the conference website for further details

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