A British Naval Boat HMS Endurance yesterday started an Environmental Management Seminar with Government officials and key UK intergovernmental representatives.
HMS Endurance is playing a vital role in promoting the issue of global climatic changes and the social and economic importance of environmental management in Sierra Leone.
The Boat, in her capacity as a platform for world class climate and ecological research is the perfect host vessel for the seminar and the seminar shall be chaired by Dr Hazell Shokellu Thompson from Birdlife International. The visit of HMS Endurance to Sierra Leone encompasses a number of roles for the ship including coastal surveying, training with the Sierra Leone Navy and ministerial sea days to promote the importance of fishery protection. The Captain of the boat, Bob Tarrant said it was a unique opportunity for international agencies and the Government of Sierra Leone to develop an enduring partnership in the economically and socially important fields of climate change and environmental protection. The seminar will also provide a unique opportunity of interaction between Government ministers and key members of the British Scientific Community, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), The Met office, the Marine and Fisheries Agency (MFA), DFID and EcoSecurities. The Royal Navy boat is undertaking an important deployment to West Africa to highlight the effects of Climate Change, Environmental Protection and the importance of Maritime Security. The boat is the Royal Navy’s new Ice Patrol Ship whose function is to support British interests in Antarctic waters especially around the Antarctic Peninsula. It assists the British Antarctic survey in carrying out its scientific research programmes as she is fitted with modern hydrographic surveying equipments that are put to good effect in waters which are still largely uncharted.
By Ishmael Bayoh