PRESS RELEASE, 9.10.2012
- Prohibiting or regulating development projects in coastal and marine areas, avoiding any biodiversity-damaging and livelihood-displacing projects.
- Empowering traditional coastal communities, especially through clear tenurial rights, to maintain their conservation-oriented traditional practices and to have a central voice in decisions affecting the coastal and marine areas;
- Providing legal and policy backing to a range of conservation measures that promote community conserved areas and co-management, using laws such as the Environment Protection Act, Biodiversity Act and Forest Rights Act
Members of NATIONAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST CZM NOTIFICATION met at Indian Social Institute, New Delhi on 11th October 2007. About fifty leaders, predominantly from the coastal states, representing fishing community, NGOs, CSOs and various other organizations participated in the meeting.
This file is a report of the meeting sent by Mr Harekrishna Debnath, Convener of NCACZMN - now renamed NCPC
The Global International Waters Assessment (GIWA) project is a holistic and globally comparable assessment of transboundary aquatic resources in the majority of the world’s international river basins and their adjacent seas, particularly in developing regions. A bottom-up and multidisciplinary approach was adopted that involved nearly 1500 natural and social scientists from around the world. The GIWA project provides strategic guidance to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) by identifying priorities for remedial and mitigatory actions in international waters.
The present Final Report presents the major results and findings of the GIWA regional assessments. On a global scale, GIWA has confirmed that pressures from human activities have weakened the ability of aquatic ecosystems to perform essential functions, which is compromising human well-being and sustainable development. The complex interactions between mankind and aquatic resources were studied within four specific major concerns: freshwater shortage, pollution, overfishing and habitat modification. Global change is considered as a fifth concern which overarches the other four.
The Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests is planning to promulgate a new law titled the Coastal Zone Management Notification. This draft notification was obtained from informal sources by citizens groups working on issues of coastal environment and livelihood conservation. It is controversial and proposes to undo the existing Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 1991 which citizen groups have fought hard to implement. This attempt to deflect from environmental regulatory frameworks through the CZM Notification is clear and will have serious social and environmental concerns. Is the proposed CZM Notification designed for better coastal management? What evidence exists to show that conservation and sustainable livelihoods are the objectives of this law? This paper examines the content and process behind this new law to reveal concerns with the intent of this law.
This dossier is a compilation of some of the activities that were taken up with respect to the draft coastal zone notification, especially the events that happened on 9th of August. The reports are organized state-wise.
The file size is about 17 Mb.
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The CMZ Notification was made available on the Ministry of Environment and Forests Website recently. Comments have been called for within 60 days of publication of the notification (1 May). Mr V.Vivekanandan, Advisor, SIFFS and member of the steering committee of TRINet has written a detailed commentary on the positives and negatives of the notification.