CBD COP 11-Hyderabad

 

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Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of Parties (COP) 11 is currently underway in the beautiful city of Hyderabad. BNHS has been identified as a host for CBD NGO Alliance for COP 11. I had previledge of shouldering the rsponsibility of Co-ordinator on behalf of the BNHS. Side event on Cosatal and Marine Biodiversity and Coastal Area Management was organized by me on behalf of BNHS, NCPC, PondyCAN and TISS.

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Coastal environments play a vital role in India's economy by virtue of the resources, productive habitats and rich biodiversity all of which support millions of livelihoods. Aggressive and insensitive development is turning 7500 km of India's beautiful coastline, which supports almost 30% of its population into biological and economic wastelands which is having wide economic, social, cultural and ecological repercussions. In spite of all the laws and regulations to protect the coast, the destruction continues unabated. It is evident that there is a systemic problem in coastal governance; absence of a national perspective, want of sound policies and planning, need for a better Centre - State and interdepartmental coordination, weak monitoring and enforcement, dearth of awareness about coastal ecosystems and services, failure to engage local communities and lack of transparency and accountability. This needs to be changed with cooperative action of all stakeholders.

Information is critical to good governance; it should be easily accessible to all on a single platform in a digitized format. BNHS, PondyCAN, TISS and NCPC have prepared a report “The Challenged Coast of India”, which gives comprehensive information about the coast and includes charts, tables, maps and case studies to better understand the present status and the development trends.

The report was released by Dr. Jackie Alder, Coordinator of the Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Branch, UNEP. Besides this two more reports entitled ‘Proposed Ecologically and Biologically Sensitive Areas of Ratnagiri District, Maharashtra, India’ and ‘A Preliminary Report on Diversity of Coastal Ecosystems of Maharashtra Part 2: Coastal Plateaus in Ratnagiri District, Maharashtra, India’ along with a documentary on Coastal Plateaus was released by Dr. Ward Appeltans, Programme Specialist, IOC, UNESCO.

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Ahana Lakshmi, Aurofilio Schiavina, Probir Banerjee, Ajit Reddy Sunaina Mandeen, Sudarshan Rodriguez and Deepak Apte (2012). The Challenged Coast of India. Published by: BNHS, NCPC, PondyCAN and TISS. Pp. 232