Timi-Kurm Festival 2013 (Whale – Turtle Festival)
The three-day Timi-Kurm Festival is a marine environment awareness event involving a variety of stakeholders from the public, government and non-government organisations, artists, academia, schools, industry, and the agricultural and fishing community from Karwar and nearby areas, brought together for the first time along the Karnataka coast.
While the event seeks to create a wide-scale environmental awareness among the coastal stakeholders, it also aims to support some disadvantaged families of artisanal fishers of Karwar for supplementing their livelihoods through alternate sources of income. It aims to educate and spread public awareness about Karwar’s natural wealth, wildlife diversity – marine and coastal, fishing community concerns and practical solutions to resolve environmental challenges within the Karwar context.
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Dates: October 18, 19 and 20, 2013
Venue: Karwar, Uttara Kannada
Event Registration Costs: For out of town attendees 1. Rs. 10,000/person which includes three-day event registration, two persons per room accommodation, and meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner for all three days) 2. Rs.6,500/person which includes three-day event registration, three persons per room accommodation and meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner for all three days) 3. Rs.1,500/person which includes one-day event registration and meals (breakfast and lunch)
Contact Details: 1. Terra Marine Research Institute, India, Email:
2. Anant Pande Telephone: +91 94684 91649 Email:
3. Abhishek Jamalabad Telephone: +91 98338 51731 Email:
Related info: http://terramarineresearchinstitute.wordpress.com/
About the event:
The Timi-Kurm Festival will serve as a venue for a diverse group of environmental professionals and stakeholders across Karnataka’s coast to build an environmental coastal network to address coastal conservation issues by sharing resources, lessons learned, and scientific information.
They will engage in environmental education and protection programmes that includes the Western Ghats and coasts, urban and beach clean ups, afforestation programmes and response to marine mammal and sea turtle strandings.
The festival will also provide a platform for under-represented communities such as artisanal fishermen, small-scale organic farmers/industries, and rural artisans to exhibit and sell their products, farm produce, and skills. Additionally, it will also help them connect with the outside world and potentially lead to sustainable ways to enhance their livelihoods.
Activities and sessions:
1. Eco-field trips to expose and educate
a) Dolphin observations in the beautiful offshore waters of Karwar.
b) Birds and insect life observations in the Devbag Coastal Forest.
c) Trip into the islands of the Kali River Estuary for mangrove observations.
d) Trip up the Western Ghats for observing wild and reared endangered medicinal and aromatic plants.
e) Indoor and outdoor sessions on sea turtles and their nesting places.
2. Marine debris/plastic trash pick-up during eco-field trips.
3. Environmental documentary films and question and answer sessions with specialists in the field.
4. Exhibition and sale of nature-based local and rural arts and crafts that are ecologically sustainable and organic farm produce to help Karwar’s fishing and small-scale agricultural communities.
5. Environmental awareness events for children and young adults.
6. Cultural shows by local dance artistes and local fishing community on Karwar’s coastal traditions will be showcased.
7. Traditional food of the fishing and agricultural communities of Karwar.
About the Organisers:
The event is organised by the Terra Marine Research Institute, India, in collaboration with the Jungle Lodges and Resorts – Karnataka, District Science Centre – Karwar, Amrita Herbal Research Centre – Karwar and Karwar’s fishing community. The Terra Marine Research Institute (TeMI) is a non-profit research and educational organisation based in Karwar, India, dedicated to understanding and conserving marine and terrestrial ecosystems within the Indian exclusive economic zone (EEZ).