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Chennai CRZ Consultation 19Aug09

Report by ICSF Team on the Chennai consultation held on 19 Aug 2009 on the CRZ and the Swaminathan Jul09 committee report 

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Coastal Zone Management Notification ‘07: Better or Bitter Fare

The Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests is planning to promulgate a new law titled the Coastal Zone Management Notification. This draft notification was obtained from informal sources by citizens groups working on issues of coastal environment and livelihood conservation. It is controversial and proposes to undo the existing Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 1991 which citizen groups have fought hard to implement. This attempt to deflect from environmental regulatory frameworks through the CZM Notification is clear and will have serious social and environmental concerns. Is the proposed CZM Notification designed for better coastal management? What evidence exists to show that conservation and sustainable livelihoods are the objectives of this law? This paper examines the content and process behind this new law to reveal concerns with the intent of this law. 

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Dossier on CZM actions (large file)

This dossier is a compilation of some of the activities that were taken up with respect to the draft coastal zone notification, especially the events that happened on 9th of August. The reports are organized state-wise.

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Comments on the CMZ Notification By V.Vivekanandan

The CMZ Notification was made available on the Ministry of Environment and Forests Website recently. Comments have been called for within 60 days of publication of the notification (1 May). Mr V.Vivekanandan, Advisor, SIFFS and member of the steering committee of TRINet has written a detailed commentary on the positives and negatives of the notification.

 

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CZM Delhi Meeting

A meeting in support of the National Fish workers’ Forum and National Campaign Against CZM notification was held on 26th June 2007 at the Indian Social Institute Delhi. This is a note about the meeting from the convener Mr Harekrishna Debnath 

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Decoding "Final Frontier" by V. Vivekanandan

Final Frontier is the 2009 July Swaminathan Committee report that led to the lapse of the CMZ notification. Mr Vivekanandan has put in his impressions of the report in this document 

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Delhi trip: 16 to 18 August 2007

 This is a short report of what T. Peter, Gilbert Rodrigo, S.S. Jaideep

and K. P. Sasi managed to do in Delhi in the three days trip,
primarily to screen the documentary and to seek the support of the
College Students

Source: Gilber Rodrigo

 

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Draft coastal management notification faces protests

Fisherfolks across India’s 7,500 km long coastline are up in arms against the draft Coastal Zone Management Notification. The coastal communities say the notification does not acknowledge their traditional rights and can damage the coasts and the people. The draft, prepared by the Union ministry of environment and forests (moef), will soon be forwarded to the prime minister for his approval. 

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Guide to legal provisions for Reconstruction and Rehabilitation in tsunami-affected areas

Sanjay Upadhyay and Apoorva Misra. Enviro-Legal Defence Firm, June 2005. 

Divided into six chapters with an annexure, this handbook provides information on the nodal authorities (NCZMA and TN CZMA) followed by a brief outline of the tsunami reconstruction project and activities proposed and the legal mandate. It also talks about the repair and reconstruction of rural and urban housing and restoration of livelihood and repair, reconstruction of public buildings and public works. The activities in coastal areas are essentially governed by the 1991 CRZ Notification, under the Environmental Protection Act, 1986 and the Environmental Protection Rules, 1986. Chapter 4 on repair and reconstruction of urban and rural housing would be a useful read for all those involved in shelter reconstruction – definitions of various terms ranging from ‘what is a building’ and ‘what are amenities’ to ‘what is reconstruction of a building’ as defined under the Town and Country Planning Act of TN are provided and discussed in the context of the CRZ notification. Chapter 5 on Livelihoods discusses the various activities that can be carried out in the CRZ and also points out the fact that no mention is made about agriculture, horticulture etc. in the notification, nor are they addressed by the CZMA. In Chapter 6, in the discussion on reconstruction of cyclone shelters, it is pointed out that there is only a mention of rain shelters. Thus, the booklet provides for a snapshot of the kind of activities that are allowed and the conditions under which certain other activities may or may not be allowed with a disclaimer that the location of activities is still not clear under the WB reconstruction project and that the demarcation of HTL still remains a crucial starting point.

 

Guide to legal provisions for Reconstruction and Rehabilitation in tsunami-affected areas

Sanjay Upadhyay and Apoorva Misra. Enviro-Legal Defence Firm, June 2005. 

Divided into six chapters with an annexure, this handbook provides information on the nodal authorities (NCZMA and TN CZMA) followed by a brief outline of the tsunami reconstruction project and activities proposed and the legal mandate. It also talks about the repair and reconstruction of rural and urban housing and restoration of livelihood and repair, reconstruction of public buildings and public works. The activities in coastal areas are essentially governed by the 1991 CRZ Notification, under the Environmental Protection Act, 1986 and the Environmental Protection Rules, 1986. Chapter 4 on repair and reconstruction of urban and rural housing would be a useful read for all those involved in shelter reconstruction – definitions of various terms ranging from ‘what is a building’ and ‘what are amenities’ to ‘what is reconstruction of a building’ as defined under the Town and Country Planning Act of TN are provided and discussed in the context of the CRZ notification. Chapter 5 on Livelihoods discusses the various activities that can be carried out in the CRZ and also points out the fact that no mention is made about agriculture, horticulture etc. in the notification, nor are they addressed by the CZMA. In Chapter 6, in the discussion on reconstruction of cyclone shelters, it is pointed out that there is only a mention of rain shelters. Thus, the booklet provides for a snapshot of the kind of activities that are allowed and the conditions under which certain other activities may or may not be allowed with a disclaimer that the location of activities is still not clear under the WB reconstruction project and that the demarcation of HTL still remains a crucial starting point.