Coastal and marine areas in India and across the world are facing severe negative impacts due to unsustainable developmental activities. The major impacts include degradation of coastal habitats, declining fish stock, polluted marine waters, salinity ingress and inundation by coastal waters.
Climate change impacts – particularly sea level rise, storm surges, monsoon pattern shifts, fish migration and increasing frequency and intensity of coastal hazards – will further magnify our challenges. Considering the need to address these challenges, CEE’s Coastal and Marine Programme focuses on initiating, designing and implementing strategic projects that enhance participatory and integrated approaches for sustainable coastal and marine area management. Education is considered as the key driver in these interventions. Partnerships range from local, regional, national and international levels.
Climate Literacy and Marine Litter Management
A community engagement and awareness campaign aided with educational materials, exhibitions, street-plays, focus group discussion, participatory consultations and demonstrations across 250 coastal villages from West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. It focused on adaptation to climate change impacts and better management of marine litter.
Coastal Biodiversity Conservation Studies
CEE has carried out research and field studies in Karwar (Karnataka), Gulf of Kachchh, Gulf of Khambhat (Gujarat), East Godavari, Krishna and Coringa (Andhra Pradesh) for assessment of social dependency and governance ability for demarcation of Critical Vulnerable Coastal Areas (CVCAs) and policy feedback support for National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
CEE has also taken up projects for mapping of mangrove habitats and plantations in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.
Coastal Samvaads - Public Consultations
CEE conducted public consultations on Coastal Management Zone (CMZ) 2008 and on the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) in 2010. For these, CEE developed background information, facilitated discussions with a special focus on expression of marginalized voices, and collated the stakeholder viewpoints for the consideration of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), for its decision on the CMZ, and promulgation of a revamped CRZ 2011.
Other public consultations and high level events include:
Coastal Disaster Management and Risk Reduction
CEE took up the Tsunami Rehabilitation programme in rural coastal villages in Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu after the 2004 natural disaster. The rehabilitation work has included rebuilding housing, support to livelihoods through provision of net shelters, Fish Aggregating Devices; outboard motor repairs, coastal restoration and plantation, water body reclamation, nursery raising etc. CEE has undertaken Vulnerability Assessments and contingency planning for coastal fishing villages, as well as a Regional Assessment for Coastal Risk Reduction Plans for SAARC.
Blue Flag India
The international Blue Flag programme of the Foundation for Environmental Education promotes sustainable development in freshwater and marine areas. It challenges local authorities and beach operators to achieve high standards in the four categories of: water quality, environmental management, environmental education and safety. Over the years, the Blue Flag has become a highly respected and recognised eco-label working to bring together the tourism and environmental sectors at local, regional and national levels.
CEE as the National Operator agency of Blue Flag India is promoting sustainable management of beaches and supporting coastal local governments and communities to make use of Blue Flag to improve their own local environment. Currently, beaches in 10 states/ Union Territories are being readied for applying to be awarded for the eco-label, with support from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Govt. of India. Waste Management and beach cleaning are important components of the programme. The program is implemented through CEE’s partner the Society for Sustainable Urban Development. See http://blueflagindia.org/
Sustainable Business & Climate Change in Coastal Environments
Training & Capacity Building
Public Awareness and Outreach
Through innovative campaigns and exhibitions, CEE has promoted conservation of coastal and marine biodiversity, climate change and marine litter management in coastal areas. These include
Marine Interpretation Programmes
School and College Education Programmes
Membership & Networking at International, Regional, National and State levels
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