10.2.1 Antarctic Programme
A Memorandum of understanding on scientific, technical and logistic
cooperation between the Department of Ocean Development and the
National Council for Antarctic Affairs (CONAAN) of the Republic of
Peru was signed on 26 May 1997 in the presence of the Prime Minister
of India and the Hon'ble President of Peru. Within the ambit of this
Memorandum of Understanding, the two sides will promote cooperation
in polar sciences and logistics through participation of scientists
in each others' expedition, conducting joint scientific experiments
in Antarctica and exchange relevant information on a reciprocal
As part of collaboration with France in Polar Science, scientists
from the two sides exchanged visits. France is rendering expertise
in setting up a low temperature laboratory in India.
During the 17th Antarctic Expedition, a collaborative experiment
on planetary geodesy for establishing a permanent GPS station at
Maitri was taken up with the Germans as a part of SCAR mounted
international programme Geodetic Infrastructure in Antractic(GIANT).
A bilateral programme on Geomagnetic studies between Italy and India
was initiated as a part of the international Antarctic Geomagnetic
Observatory Network (AGONET) project in Antarctica.
As a follow up of the bilateral agreement entered into with the
Republic of Poland under the Indo-Polish Programme of Cooperation
for the Science & Technology, two Indian Scientists underwent
training in the field of Fishing Technology, Stock Assessment, Fish
Preservation and processing of Krill, Antarctic fish and other Marine
Living Resources in the Sea Fisheries Institute , Poland during
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between India and Argentina
in January, 1998. This provides for cooperation in Antarctic
Research and Logistics, between the two countries.
10.2.2 Cooperation with Mauritius
Under Indo-Mauritian Joint Commission on Economic , Technical and
Cultural Organisation , a five member Expert Team from India held
consultations with the Mauritian Scientists and Officials during
6-12 June 1997 in Mauritius and identified a number of activities
under the following areas of cooperation between India and Mauritius:
(i) Study on the enlargement and clearing of passes around
(ii) Mapping of the EEZ of Mauritius for non-living resources.
(iii) Preparation of Integrated Coastal Management Plan.
(iv) Study on hydrodynamics of the seas around Mauritius.
On the basis of the discussion between the two sides and the areas of
activities identified, a draft project report on each of the above
mentioned four areas, were generated and forwarded to the Mauritian
side for further follow up.