The Tara team on a visit to Hong Kong [fr]
The Tara expedition is a French organization, non-profit, active since 2003 for the environment. Tara is a boat suitable for extreme living conditions and a platform to conduct high-level scientific researches. The Tara expedition has obtained the observer status for the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations; it is committed to raising public awareness on issues related to the preservation of the oceans, its fauna and flora. Its Secretary General, Mr. Romain Troublé and the scientific director of Tara Oceans Polar Circle, Dr Chris Bowler, have honored us with their presence here in Hong Kong from 18 to 20 October to present their past and future missions, and some of their important scientific results.
During the conference "SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND INTERNATIONAL LAW CURRENT ISSUES AND FUTURE CHALLENGES", co-organized by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macao and the Law Faculty of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) , which took place October 19 at the CUHK, Romain Troublé and Dr. Chris Bowler have presented both the issues and the history of the Tara expedition and recent scientific discoveries on plankton, which represent 95% of the biomass of the oceans. Some of these major scientific results were published in five articles in the Science newspaper in May 2015.
In the afternoon , in presence of the Consul General of France, Eric Berti, of the President of Ocean Park, Mr Leo Kung Lin-cheng, BBS, JP, and of the Director General of Ocean Park Mr. Tom Mehrmann, the Tara team visited the largest aquarium in Ocean Park, including the exhibition "Respect your Sea" from "Surfrider Foundation" co-organized by the scientific service of the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macao. Romain Troublé and Dr. Chris Bowler discussed the future collaboration’s opportunities.
By early evening, the Tara team went to the French International School to present the Tara expedition and their scientific discoveries. The event had great success with students and their parents, who came in numbers (more of70 people attended). The presentations were followed by very rich exchanges between the public and the two explorers.
In addition to these events, and to prepare their future docking in Hong Kong, scheduled in May 2017, the Tara team also met with other potential local partners.
Justin Monier, Scientific Officer in Hong Kong
Julie Metta, Scientific Officer in Hong Kong
Isabelle SAVES, Attaché for Scientific & Academic Affairs