To create awareness and build youth ambassadors, through the medium of cinema and other art forms, and help revive the blue heart of our planet. Our belief lies in inspiring action, responsibility, and hope through knowledge.
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ABOUT THE VIRTUAL OCEAN TOUR
Sustainable tourism & marine conservation
1-hour virtual tour conversations on marine life and sustainability -by a coral woman impact . Each session will have passionate conversations with specialists and activists driven by a desire to create positive change.
A bit about Goa and Marine life
Goa with a coastline of approximately 105 km along the Arabian Sea, features beautiful bays, beaches, coral reefs, and a diversity of riverine systems. Its coastal waters are home to the Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin (Sousa plumbea), the Indo-pacific Finless Porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides), the Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), along with some reports of the Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) - all of which are on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
The small state of Goa is endowed with a dazzling array of marine biodiversity along its coastline. These species span across the open waters off Goa’s coast, to the reefs of Grande Island. They inhabit coastal mangroves, and can even be found all along Goa’s popular seashores. This biological treasure is the backbone for fisheries - which has been a traditional occupation and a way of life in this region; it also supports the marine nature-based tourism industry, and thus significantly contributes to the state’s economy and to peoples’ livelihoods.
31st JULY 2021
6-7 PM IST
Conservationist & Social Entrepreneur
Puja Mitra is a conservation-social entrepreneur with an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation & Management from the University of Oxford and is a Commonwealth Scholar (2008-09). She is the recipient of the Sanctuary Nature Foundation - Wildlife Service Award (2018) and currently lives between Goa & Odisha, as Founder - Director of Terra Conscious, a conservation-oriented social enterprise focusing on responsible travel and marine conservation outreach. In just 2 years since its inception, Terra Conscious has been awarded as 'Runners Up' in the category of 'Best Wildlife & Tourism Initiative' by the prestigious TOFTigers Awards and featured in media platforms such as CNN Travel, BBC, Nat Geo Traveller, Conde Nast Traveller, The Better India, Outlook Traveller, and others.
Naturalist & Photographer
Omkar is trained as a computer engineer but due to his inclination towards nature, he decided to give up on a job in the field of engineering and chose to become a naturalist. He has been working as a naturalist professionally for the last 8 years in Goa and has traveled the length and breadth of the state for wildlife. He has recorded several species of birds, butterflies, and dragonflies new to the state of Goa and a species of dragonfly new to science. Currently, he runs a responsible tour company "Mrugaya xpeditions" and is conducting community-based tourism wherein local stakeholders are the direct beneficiaries of the tourism activities that happen in those villages. Mrugaya believes in the fact that they should have minimal impact in the areas where they conduct tourism activities. Mrugaya Xpeditions was listed in the top 20 responsible tour operators in India for outlook traveler responsible tourism awards in 2019. He is also the president of the Goa bird conservation network.
Marine researcher, Diver & Conservationist
Certified Instructor; Development Course Staff Instructor certified with Professional Association of Diving Instructors
A banker by profession, Venkat worked in Hong Kong for 11 years between 1984 and 1995 before deciding to quit the rat race and start recreational scuba diving in Goa, India, in Nov 1995. He joined Barracuda Diving India as a freelance instructor, becoming a partner in 1996 and then taking over the company as a Sole Proprietor in 1997. He is passionate about marine conservation, and founded Coastal Impact with the intention of building awareness about marine ecosystems and motivating people to become divers and ‘ocean ambassadors, as well as join in to save Goa’s precious marine life. He is an SSI Master Instructor and PADI IDC Staff Instructor. He is one of the most highly qualified dive instructors in India and has been diving since the last 30 years
Culture, Community, Coffee, Cider & Conversations are Manohar's blood cells. Community Manager with experience & wisdom in Content Creation, Events & Creator platforms. An engineering walk-out and a self-taught media professional. Can be found scouting cafes & making notes on behavior change when not working.