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MPA Workshop Proceedings 2012: Fishery-dependent Livelihoods, Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity: The Case of Marine and Coastal Protected Areas in India
  • :2012
  • :66
  • :978-93-80802-08-04

The lacunae in fishing-community engagement in the management and governance of marine and coastal protected areas (MCPAs) were discussed in the 2009 Chennai Workshop organized by the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF). To continue the discussion, a second, two-day workshop to review existing legal and institutional mechanisms for implemention and monitoring of MCPAs, titled ‘Fishery-dependent Livelihoods, Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity: The Case of Marine and Coastal Protected Areas in India’, was held in New Delhi during 1-2 March 2012.

The objective was to understand the impact of MCPAs on fishing communities, from an environmental-justice and human-rights perspective, and make specific proposals for better conservation while securing the livelihoods of small-scale fishers. The workshop also served to underscore these issues in light of the upcoming Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to be held at Hyderabad in October 2012.

This publication contains the prospectus of the workshop and a report of the proceedings. It will be useful for fishworkers, non-governmental organizations, policymakers, trade unions, researchers and others interested in natural resource management and coastal and fishing communities.


Acronyms and Abbreviations

ABS access and benefit sharing
BDA Biological Diversity Act
BHS biodiversity heritage site
BLC boat licence certificate
BMC biodiversity management committee
BNHS Bombay Natural History Society
BOBLME Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem
BOBP-IGO Bay of Bengal Programme – Inter Governmental Organization
CAT Conservation Action Trust
CBD Convention on Biological Diversity
CCF Chief Conservator of Forests
CII Confederation of Indian Industry
CMFRI Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute
CMPA collaboratively managed protected area
COP Conference of the Parties
CPCB Central Pollution Control Board
CRZ coastal regulation zone
CSD Campaign for Survival and Dignity
CSMCRI Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute
CVCA critically vulnerable coastal area
CWH critical wildlife habitat
DAHDF Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries
DFO Divisional Forest Officer
DIG Deputy Inspector General
DNA deoxyribonucleic acid
EDC eco-development committee
EEZ exclusive economic zone
EIA environmental impact assessment
ESA ecologically...