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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.




0930 – 1030 hrs

Inaugural session

Chair: Y S  Yadava, BOBP-IGO


V Vivekanandan, Member, ICSF


Chandrika Sharma, ICSF

Inaugural address

Hem K Pande, Joint Secretary, MoEF

Keynote address

Tarun Shridhar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture

1030 – 1100 hrs  TEA

1100 – 1230 hrs

Legal framework for conservation and management of marine and coastal biological diversity (MCBD)

Chair:  B C Choudhury, Wildlife Institute of India

The Environment Protection Act and Biological Diversity Act  
Kanchi Kohli, Kalpavriksh

Coastal Regulation Zone Notification
Aarthi Sridhar, Dakshin Foundation

Fisheries legislation
Sebastian Mathew, ICSF

1230 – 1330 hrs

Panel discussion: Forest, environment, biodiversity and fisheries legislation: Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for conservation and management of MCBD

Chair:  M J  Vijayan, Delhi Forum


Vishnu Bhat, Fisheries Development Commissioner, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture

J R Bhatt, Director, Ministry of Environment and Forests

Bharat Patel, Machimar Adhikar Sangharsh Sangathan (MASS)/NFF

1330 – 1430 hrs    LUNCH

1430 – 1630 hrs

Social dimensions of marine and coastal...