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NFF Report 2008

Charter of demands from NFF including the opposition to the draft coastal zone management notification. 

NFF-NCPC Statement re CMZ Notification

 STOP CMZ NOTIFICATION 2008

We are astonished to know through media report that in spite of wide spread opposition and continuous nationwide protest from the coastal fisherpeople, environmental organisations, civil society groups and concerned citizens the Government of India in the Ministry of Environment and Forests issued a draft Coastal Management Zone Notification to replace CRZ Notification 1991.

It is amply clear from the draft that this Notification will deliver a death blow to the fishing community and the coastal environment by opening a flood gate of destructive exploitation of our coastal land and waters by big business. It will further pave the way to condone all violations of the Coastal Regulation Zone Notification of 1991.

It is extremely unfortunate that the MoEF appears to have succumbed to the pressure of the ‘development’ lobby and hurried to bring the draft notification without consulting the coastal communities. The fishing community together with the environmental organisations and civil society groups totally reject this high handed and undemocratic approach of the MoEF. We urge the Honourable Prime Minister and the Minister of Environment and Forests to listen to the voice of the people and withdraw the draft CZM Notification forthwith. 

Harekrishna Debnath
Chairperson, National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF) and
Convener, National Coastal Protection Campaign (NCPC)

Daman    
09.05.2008

 

NFF-NCPC Statement re CMZ Notification

 STOP CMZ NOTIFICATION 2008

We are astonished to know through media report that in spite of wide spread opposition and continuous nationwide protest from the coastal fisherpeople, environmental organisations, civil society groups and concerned citizens the Government of India in the Ministry of Environment and Forests issued a draft Coastal Management Zone Notification to replace CRZ Notification 1991.

It is amply clear from the draft that this Notification will deliver a death blow to the fishing community and the coastal environment by opening a flood gate of destructive exploitation of our coastal land and waters by big business. It will further pave the way to condone all violations of the Coastal Regulation Zone Notification of 1991.

It is extremely unfortunate that the MoEF appears to have succumbed to the pressure of the ‘development’ lobby and hurried to bring the draft notification without consulting the coastal communities. The fishing community together with the environmental organisations and civil society groups totally reject this high handed and undemocratic approach of the MoEF. We urge the Honourable Prime Minister and the Minister of Environment and Forests to listen to the voice of the people and withdraw the draft CZM Notification forthwith. 

Harekrishna Debnath
Chairperson, National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF) and
Convener, National Coastal Protection Campaign (NCPC)

Daman    
09.05.2008

 

NFF08 Abhiyan itenerary

 NFF 08 campaign Itinerary

 

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NFF08 Campaign. May 2 update

Bhadreswar, Kutch

2nd May 2008

Public Meeting at Junabandar
Machhimar Adhikar Rashtriya Abhiyan resumed today with a meeting of the fisherfolk at Junabandar, Mundra, Kutch. Junabandar is one of the oldest but relatively small fish landing centre. Alongwith 7 other landing centres in the area, commanding around 10,000 fisher population, Junabandar has been threatened to extinction by Mundra Port and SEZ and Adani Power which have acquired a 28 kilometre long stretch of coastal land.

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Source: nffcal3@vsnl.com

 

NFF08 Urgent Appeal

The National Executive Committee of National Fishwrokers' Forum met at Seva Kendra, Kolkata on March 28-29, 2008 and resolved to 

1. Conduct a national coastal campaign "SAVE THE COAST, SAVE THE FISHERS' - Machhimar Adhikar Rashtriya Abhiyan" from 1st May to 27th June 2008 from Kutch to Kolkata. Together with all outstanding issues of the fisher people the campaign will demand government to refrain from destruction of the coast by CMZ and strictly implement CRZ notifications, stop displacement of fishing community by SEZ, build up, nuclear power plant and other destructive installations in coastal zone, stop pollution of rivers and coastal waters, ratify ILO Fishing Convention and enact national legislation covering all fishworkers, and enact social security legislation for unorganized workers. 
2. Conclude the campaign in a dharna and picketing in front of Parliament in Delhi in July 2008 (during the parliament session).3
3. Invite fraternal organizations and all those who are campaigning for the rights of coastal people to collaborate and participate in this campaign. 

 

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11June Chennai CZM Meeting

National Consultation on Impending Threat to the Coastal Zone, Chennai, 11 June 2007. A short report.

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11Oct07: Delhi CZM Meeting

Members of NATIONAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST CZM NOTIFICATION met at Indian Social Institute, New Delhi on 11th October 2007. About fifty leaders, predominantly from the coastal states, representing fishing community, NGOs, CSOs and various other organizations participated in the meeting.

This file is a report of the meeting sent by Mr Harekrishna Debnath, Convener of NCACZMN - now renamed NCPC

 

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Challenges to International Waters – Regional Assessments in a Global Perspective, 2006.

The Global International Waters Assessment (GIWA) project is a holistic and globally comparable assessment of transboundary aquatic resources in the majority of the world’s international river basins and their adjacent seas, particularly in developing regions. A bottom-up and multidisciplinary approach was adopted that involved nearly 1500 natural and social scientists from around the world. The GIWA project provides strategic guidance to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) by identifying priorities for remedial and mitigatory actions in international waters.

The present Final Report presents the major results and findings of the GIWA regional assessments. On a global scale, GIWA has confirmed that pressures from human activities have weakened the ability of aquatic ecosystems to perform essential functions, which is compromising human well-being and sustainable development. The complex interactions between mankind and aquatic resources were studied within four specific major concerns: freshwater shortage, pollution, overfishing and habitat modification. Global change is considered as a fifth concern which overarches the other four.

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