Sri Lanka pilot country in world intellectual property project

This is the first time Sri Lanka has been selected to participate as a pilot country for a Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) Project. WIPO officials will liaise with the relevant authorities of the Government of Sri Lanka to begin project implementation early in 2016. Dr. Francis Gurry, Director General of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) communicating this decision to Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva, has informed that this selection was made pursuant to Sri Lanka’s expression of interest and formal proposal submitted to WIPO to participate in this Project in August 2015. This Project will aim at building capacities of key stakeholders and raising awareness of the intersection between IP and tourism, in the framework of growth and development policies. The experiences and best practices documented and the strategies, tools and practical guide developed in the course of the Project will also contribute to guide policy decisions and raise public awareness on the use of IP in promotion of tourism, national and/or local knowledge, traditions, and culture, while increasing national economic, social and cultural benefits. The Project aims to address Recommendations included in the WIPO Development Agenda. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka has been selected as one of the four pilot countries to participate in a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Project titled “Intellectual Property, Tourism and Culture.”This Project will contribute to promoting awareness of the role of IP in Sri Lanka and supporting the tourism-related economic activities of the country. Further it will enhance the scope for utilizing IP for development in a new area, under the ongoing cooperation between WIPO and GOSL through a 10 Point Action Plan. read more

Blue Ocean Monitoring completes monitoring of subsea tailings placement

first_imgBlue Ocean Monitoring (BOM), a provider of real-time ocean data services, has completed a contract in Indonesia working for PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara (PTNNT), a subsidiary of Newmont Mining Corp. BOM’s task was to use its Slocum Glider to monitor PTNNT’s Tailings Placement Program at its Batu Hijau copper-gold mine in Sumbawa, Indonesia. The tailings from the mine are piped (3.2 km) out to sea and deposited off the Continental Shelf, where the depth reaches in excess of 4,000 m.The glider, an autonomous underwater vehicle, was deployed to monitor that the tailings were not being disbursed into the coastal environment of Sumbawa or surface waters. The monitoring program lasted for three weeks.BOM has a fleet of four gliders, making it the largest commercial Slocum glider operator globally. The glider provides persistent near-real time ocean information via a secure proprietary data acquisition and visualisation system.Tonny Bachtiar, PT Newmont’s General Supervisor Environmental Monitoring stated “The monitoring project, led by Ben Hollings of Blue Ocean Monitoring, in our view was very successful and demonstrates our willingness to introduce new technology to show our commitment to the environment.”Simon Illingworth, CEO of Blue Ocean Monitoring said “The project ran smoothly from start to finish and the data returned by the glider showed the Placement Program is proving to be a success. The glider was able to determine quickly at the outset of the project whether Newmont’s Tailings Placement Program was doing what it had been designed to achieve. This was very important given the cost, magnitude and environmental sensitive nature of the program.”BOM says “the glider is an ultra-efficient autonomous underwater vehicle that collects persistent ocean data at a fraction of the cost of vessel based sampling. The modular architecture allows for sensor payload on the glider to be configured to address multiple applications simultaneously that include environmental water quality monitoring; dredge plume monitoring; physical or biological oceanographic studies and baseline environmental data collection.last_img read more