The International Pacific Marine Educators Network (IPMEN) will convene its third biennial conference this week, July 7 to 9, 2010, at the Outrigger on the Lagoon, on the island of Viti Levu, Fiji Islands. Hosted by the University of the South Pacific (USP), the conference will address ways marine education can help Pacific communities prepare for the new millennia. Key topics include climate change impacts on children, incorporating traditional and place-based knowledge to build healthy coastal communities, the changing role of women in fisheries, and gaps in existing marine education projects, curriculum and materials that could address these issues.
The 2010 IPMEN conference is sponsored by the Lucille and Packard Foundation, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration, Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, US National Marine Educators Association and the University of the South Pacific. Webcasting is provided by the College of Exploration. Additional support is provided by Nautilus Educational (Australia), Conservation International, Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area (FLMMA) network, Centro COPAS Y AquaSendas (Chile), BriTer Solutions (Australia), SeaWeb and the International Ocean Institute, among others.
For more information, go to www.ipmen.net