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Coastal and Marine Biodiversity and Coastal Area Management

Bombay Natural History Society

Date and Time
10 October 2012 18:15 - 19:45

Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 11)

Coastal environment plays a vital role in India’s economy by virtue of the resources, productive habitats and rich biodiversity. India’s coastline stretches about 8000 km and supports almost 30% of its human population. In the past decade, the degradation of the Indian coastline has reached alarming proportions, closely reflecting the urban population explosion, rapid and unplanned urbanization of coastal towns and cities, dumping of industrial and toxic wastes, impacts of infrastructure projects such as coastal power plants and ports and coastal erosion due to man-made structures. Vision and proper planning can prevent turning these invaluable natural resources into biological and economic wastelands. This would then enhance economic, social, cultural and ecological prosperity. BNHS (Bombay Natural History Society), TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) & PondyCAN and several network partners as mentioned below will present and release a position paper “Coastal development in India – impacts on biodiversity and coastal communities” which will focus on issues around power plants, ports, harbours and other coastal structures. The interactive and working database prepared through crowd sourcing, consists of a) geo-spatial mapping of all these developments, current and proposed, using open source platforms and tools and b) case studies of impacts of these developments on coastal ecosystems and communities. This will be critical for future planning, integrated coastal zone management as well as to engage civil society more actively and innovatively to receive informed inputs. The database will be constantly updated and used to analyse the status of development versus impacts on environment and livelihoods. Organizers: Bombay Natural History Society, PondyCan, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF Trust), Dakshin Foundation, National Coastal Protection Campaign (NCPC), National Fishworkers Forum (NFF), Greenpeace India, Worldwide Fund for Nature, India, Delhi Forum, Centre for Education and Communication, Odisha Marine Resource Conservation Consortium (OMRCC), United Artists' Association (UAA), Kabini, Tamil Nadu-Pondy Fisherpeople's Federation