In the framework of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, Institut français presents “Tara Oceans”, two photographic exhibitions by Tara Expéditions and University College Dublin – UCD on Saadiyat Public Beach and at Monte-Carlo Beach Club from January 20 to February 8, 2014. On this occasion, many related public programs, including lectures by scholars, film discussion series, and school tours are organized.

All the parallel events are free and open to all.

On Saturday 25th of January at 11am, don’t miss a lecture “feets on the sand” by pre-eminent researcher Dr. Himansu Sekhar Das:

Conservation Status of Sea Turtles and Dugong in the United Arab Emirates

Himansu Sekhar Das is the Unit Head – Marine Threatened Species and Habitats Terrestrial & Marine Biodiversity at the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi

Dr. Himansu Sekhar Das did his Ph. D on Biodiversity of Coastal Wetlands of Odisha, India in 1994 and joined Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India as a scientist. His work on seagrass and its associated flora and fauna in Andaman and Nicobar group of islands earned him Young Scientist Award in 1996 from UNESCO, Division of Ecological Sciences under MAB (Man and Biosphere) program.

Dr. Das joined Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) as a researcher to study marine endangered species and habitats in Abu Dhabi waters. Presently he manages sea turtle, dugong and coastal wetland programs of EAD as a unit head. Dr. Das has published research articles and scientific reports from the work that has been the priority for biodiversity sector of EAD. In recognition of his work, Dr. Das has been nominated as the Regional co-chair of the IUCN’s Sirenian Specialist group and member in Marine Turtle Specialist Group and Sea Snake Specialist Group.