Background and Context
Following the public consultations on the Coastal Management Zone (CMZ) 2008 Notification, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Govt. of India, constituted a four-member Committee on June 15, 2009 under the Chairmanship of Prof. M. S. Swaminathan to recommend future steps on the draft Coastal Management Zone (CMZ) Notification, 2008. The other members of the Committee were Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences; Mr J M Mauskar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests; and Ms Sunita Narain, Director, Centre for Science and Environment. The Committee was given the following Terms of Reference (TOR):
To examine the comments received by the Ministry on the draft Coastal Management Zone Notification, 2008
To advise on the policy and legal framework for Integrated Coastal Zone Management
The committee studied the views expressed by a wide range of stakeholders both in writing and orally at the 35 consultations held all over the country by the Centre for Environment Education (CEE). Based on further discussions with Central and state government and Mumbai Metropolitan Representatives and also with the representatives of fishermen and women, the committee had formulated the recommendations in their report dated 16 th July, 2009 .
The major recommendation of the committee :
“ Let the CMZ Notification, 2008 lapse and incorporate amendments as recommended in the existing CRZ Notification, 1991 for better coastal management.”
Public Consultations on the Expert Committee Report
While the CMZ 2008 Notification has lapsed, the MoEF is keen to gather the public opinion about the committee's recommendation and incorporate appropriate suggestions before bringing in further amendments to strengthen the existing CRZ 1991.
With this objective, MoEF has commissioned the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) to hold 10 public consultations. Honorable Union Minister, MoEF, Govt. of India has expressed that he would be attending the public consultations being held at Goa , Mumbai , Cochin , Chennai and Bhubaneshwar. The remaining consultations to be held in Gujarat , Karnataka, Pondicherry , Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal will be held during the 1 st and 2 nd week of September, 2009. The majority stakeholders expected for these consultations are the coastal community representatives, fisher federations, CBOs, NGOs and related government departments. The inputs from these consultations will be considered by the Ministry while reviewing the existing CRZ 1991.
Relevance and importance of your participation
Considering the initiative by MoEF, opportunity created for public opinion and process of public consultation for framing policy decisions, we sincerely value your participation and very much look forward to your inputs, views and representation of the voice of the stakeholder group that you might represent – either in the capacity of an institution or organization or in your individual capacity.
The public consultations would serve as a platform for ‘voices of the public' being considered by policy makers and at the same time enable the intricacies of the local issues and concerns relevant to your coastal and marine environment to be known by one and all. The public consultations in your region therefore assume much significance and your participation and views much valuable.
Submission of your views/comments – preparations
Given the time constraint and facilitation for compilation of the comments, we request you to prepare before participating in the meeting. The preparations may include:
Submission of your views on the expert committee report during or prior to the consultative meeting. Please include your name, list of signatories, stakeholder represented, contact address. In case the document is in the local language, we would request if an English version can be made available.
Basic reading material
Expert Committee Report on the Draft CMZ 2008 (available on MoEF website also)