The Climate Literacy and Marine Litter Management (CLMLM) project in the East Coast of India, was an education and communication campaign engaging over 12 partner organizations. The campaign was designed through a participatory approach, building upon the experiences and knowledge of the partners organizations.

Project objectives:

  1. To enhance awareness among the coastal communities on marine pollution, litter management.

  2. To engage local youth and women in marine litter cleaning and management.

  3. To build the capacity of the local communities and local government for addressing the climate change challenges by framing local climate action plans.

  4. To facilitate community dialogues on climate literacy and marine litter management.

  5. To develop and carry out pilot initiatives in 25 village communities to reduce vulnerabilities through multi-sectoral cooperation and approaches

The CLMLM reached out to more than 3 lakh communities across 280 villages in four East coast states and one union territory: Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry. The project was able to increase the local awareness on climate change adaptation and marine litter management by 62% and was able to improve resilience of the communities through 24 pilot projects on climate change adaptation infrastructure. In addition to improving literacy and building resilience, 143 km of the coastline was cleaned and the Dry Waste Resource Collection Center was established at Bheemunipatnam, Visakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

As a follow up, the project also influenced the setting up of the East Coast Forum with the aim of continuing the activities and advance the work initiated by the CLMLM project.

Report of the Climate Literacy and Marine Litter Management campaign in the East Coast of India

CLMLM Project Factsheet