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June 2011

Fishermen should have say in CRZ issue

Fishermen should have say in CRZ issue

 CHENNAI: Fishermen have to be consulted in matters involving their livelihood – this was the message underscored by speakers at the inauguration of a workshop to discuss the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification 2011, here on Monday.

Five participants belonging to the civil society from each coastal State, NGOs and the fishermen are participating in the two-day workshop on ‘Initiatives for fishermen participation in the implementation of the CRZ 2011.'

“Many discussions and consultations with the fishermen community have not been included in the CRZ notification,” said Matanhy Saldhana, Chairperson of the National Fishworkers Forum.

Jairam Ramesh | No projects would be allowed in high-erosion zones

 Hyderabad: Union Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh on Monday said that no projects including ports would be permitted in identified high-erosion zones in coastal states.

“We are currently conducting a satellite-based assessment of coastal erosion of all coastal states in the country. Satellite mapping has so far been completed for Gujarat, Puducherry and Orissa while in respect of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Goa, it will be done by August,” he told a press conference here.

Based on the assessment, being carried out by the Institute of Coastal Management of Anna University, the coastal areas would be divided into high, medium and low erosion zones.

“We will have satellite imagery of all these zones, based on 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010. Based on that we will put a ban on all projects that fall in high-erosion zones,” Ramesh said.

All the satellite maps would be made public upon completion of the assessment.

“If there are port projects in AP that fall in high-erosion zone, we will put an end to that. But I don’t know the picture as yet but we will have a clear picture by August,” the minister said replying to a question.

“Our policy is, there should be no ports in high-erosion zones,” he added.