Sahir Advani has successfully defended his doctoral dissertation titled ‘How commoditization and cross-cultural values influence the sustainability of small-scale fisheries in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India‘. Here is an illustrated summary prepared by Patricia Angkiriwang.
The ‘Ravi Sankaran Conservation Science Symposium’ was held in Ravi’s memory on 19th October 2019 at IISc., Bangalore. This symposium addressed developments in several of Ravi’s research fields and included a dedicated session on islands. Several members and associates of ANET and Dakshin including Madhuri Ramesh, Manish Chandi, Elrika D’Souza and Kartik Shanker participated in presentations and discussions.
A message from Saw John:
“A recognition long overdue- DFO MB, honouring uncle Paon (Pa-aung or Paung), a non- agenarian from Webi. “Uncle ” as he is fondly known to the coterie of yesteryear scientists and researchers having worked in the Forest and Wildlife sector of these Islands and knows the island inside out and has oared and chugged in almost all the creeks .He was felicitated on the occasion of the valedictory function of Vanamahotsava. This gesture from DFO, MB has indeed made him very excited and nervous too as he could only manage only a “thank you” in a soary voice with eyes welled up . Let’s find such true heroes and honour them.”
More than two decades after his last survey, Satish Bhaskar returned to the islands in October 2018. He visited Uncle Paung at Webi, Mayabunder, who had accompanied him on many surveys to remote islands in search of sea turtle nesting beaches. They reminisced about the old times while examining Satish’s slides from many years ago.
A high-level delegation of Nordic ambassadors and bureaucrats visited ANET. This delegation included the ambassadors of Denmark (H. E. Mr. Peter Taksøe-Jensen), Finland (H. E. Ms. Nina Irmeli Vaskunlahti), Iceland (H. E. Mr. Thorir Ibsen), Norway (H. E. Mr. Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg), Sweden (H. E. Mr. Klas Fredrik Molin) and the First Secretary of the Royal Danish Embassy (Ms. Sofie Dyhr Crump).