THE 2nd International Sustainable Sea Transport in the Pacific Talanoa starts today in Suva with double aims; Celebrating Oceania's seafaring heritage and facilitating discussions toward a low carbon sea-transport future for the region.
With the theme "Celebrating the Past- Sailing into the Future" the talanoa will bring together some of the brightest minds in the area of Sustainable Sea Transport over five days at the USP lower campus.
Speakers at the conference will include Dr Matthew Anderson University of Portsmouth Business School lecturer, Associate Professor of American Indian Studies and Anthropology at the University of Illinois Professor Vicente M. Diaz and remote sailor and cultural anthropologist specialising in ancient voyaging knowledge Dr Marianne George.
The forum also looks to build on the first successful Sustainable Sea Transport Talanoa held at the same venue in 2012 and will bring together traditional sailors from around the Pacific as well as celebrate the different oceania seagoing cultures.
The talanoa will also run concurrently with the International Conference on Renewable Energy and Climate Change (ICRECC) 2014.
The conference will feature guest speaker Nobel Peace Prize winner NH Ravindranath.