Tidal Error: Why Tamil Nadu's illegal coastal plan is a recipe for disaster

Tidal Error: Why Tamil Nadu's illegal coastal plan is a recipe for disaster.

The Government of Tamil Nadu has uploaded what it calls a "Revised Draft Coastal Zone Management Plan." The “plan” is geared towards protecting errant officials of the Coastal Zone Management Authority from the ire of the National Green Tribunal, rather than protecting the coast and coastal communities.

Under CRZ Notification, 2011, all coastal states were required to have uploaded Coastal Zone Management Plans, including CRZ maps, for public comments within a year of the Notification. However, none of the states had prepared the plans despite several extensions prompting the National Green Tribunal to threaten severe action against the officials concerned. In their hurry to comply, the Government of Tamil Nadu is trying to push through a half-baked, incomplete and dangerous document as a "plan."

The plans are required to be prepared strictly in line with the guidelines presented in Annexure 1 of the CRZ Notification. All plans are required to clearly identify authorised construction within CRZ areas, present long-term housing plans for fisherfolk, identify the hazard line and spell out prospective plans for the CRZ area. The law also requires the planners to compare the present plans with the earlier Government of India-approved plans prepared under CRZ Notification, 1991. The reasons for any deviation from the erstwhile plan needs to be explained by the planners.

The documents uploaded in the Environment Department's website do not present any of this information.

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Drawback in Tamil Nadu Coastal Zone Management Plan draft?

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu becomes one of the first few States in the country to prepare the draft Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP), a key document that streamlines the development along the coast and protect ecologically sensitive areas. The State Department of Environment (DoE) on Monday uploaded 115 toposheets of all 13 coastal districts in Tamil Nadu in its official website, seeking comments and objections from public within next 45 days. However, some critical informations needed for the active public participation are missing from these CZM maps.

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Many shades of a blue economy: Sagarmala project

The Hindu:
The ‘blue economy’ has been an important element in many of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent national and international engagements. He placed particular emphasis on the idea in his address at the 103rd Indian Science congress in Mysuru last year and also spoke about it several times in Gujarat last month.

Made popular by Gunter Pauli’s 2010 book Blue Economy — 10 Years, 100 Innovations, 100 Million Jobs, the idea has become the buzzword today.

Simply put, blue economy is a framework that places the coasts and the oceans at the centre of economic growth, for a development that is substantial, sustainable and inclusive. For a planet that is more blue than brown and green, where the ocean covers 70% of its surface and where water connects people, places and systems, a focus on blue might seem just the right step forward.

The idea has also come centre-stage now in India with the Niti Aayog noting recently that the “development of Blue Economy can serve as a growth catalyst in realizing the vision to become a $10 trillion economy by 2032.” But India is mobilising the idea of the blue economy without being fully true to some of its key fundamental values.

Massive centrepiece

The centrepiece of India’s push for the blue economy is the Sagarmala project that includes constructing ports, augmenting coastal infrastructure, developing inland waterways, intensifying fishing, and creating special economic zones and tourism promotion.

The scale of what is being proposed is gigantic. The consolidated Sagarmala project proposes to execute nearly 400 different projects along the coastline at a whopping cost of nearly ₹8 lakh crore in the next two decades.

Tamil Nadu: Manappad beach to get facelift

THOOTHUKUDI: The Manappad beach in Thoothukudi district is to get a facelift under the Centrally sponsored 'Swadeshi Darshan scheme'.Works are to commence soon at Manappad beach in Thoothukudi districtat the cost of `6 crore, as the Modi regime had already sanctioned `100 crore under ‘Swadeshi Darshan’ scheme. According to Mr. Sreenivasan, tourismofficer, priority under the ‘Swadeshi Darshan’ scheme would be accorded on maintaining the beach clean and free from encroachments. However the beautification of the beach would not be neglected in the development projects,” added the tourism officer. The projects proposed for the development of Manappad beach also include landscaping by manipulating the shore area to enhance its aesthetic attraction, he said.

Further sign boards, CCTV cameras, car parking and toilet facilities are to be created under the Swadeshi darshan scheme. “To ensure the safety of the tourists at the Manappad beach, a search and rescue boat too would be stationed permanently under the Central scheme,” added the district tourism officer, who too said that the renovation plans would be implemented in strict adherence to the coastal regulation zone (CRZ) norms and hence the fisher community need not worry that the developmental projects to be taken up would disturb the sea environment.

It is to be noted that the Manappad beach already has facilities to organise water sports events like sea surfing, kite boarding, kayaking, wind surfing and stand up paddle events. Such events have been organised there for the past three years in the month of February. The Manakudi beach ravaged by the

Asian Tsunami 13 years ago in Kanniyakumari district, Rameswaram beach, Mamallapuram beach and the famous Elliots beach in Chennai too are to be developed under the centrally sponsored ‘Swadeshi Dharshan’ scheme in the state.

Chennai flood case presented at workshop on Climate Change in Asia

Growing recognition and interest on climate change as a political and ethical issue has become a scope of discussion in the recent past. The poor and the vulnerable that have generally contributed the least to the climate crisis are hit the hardest.

Highlighting issues on justice, Climate Change Desk (CCD) of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) Office of Human Development organised conference workshop on June 11-12, 2017 at Bangkok. This served as a culminating activity of the climate change research project undertaken by CCD in the year 2016.

The research followed “Case study approach” involving sites in Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Philippines and Viet Nam. Research themes focused on, extreme weather events and farming, urban flooding, sea-level rise and the coastal communities, drought and livelihoods in the upland, indigenous culture and forest conservation, renewable energy use, and disaster-risk reduction and interfaith collaboration.

This conference workshop was a combination of technical inputs and case studies presentation on impacts and good practices and interactive discussion. The overall goal of this two-day event was to help sustain the gained momentum and contribute in turning knowledge and established collaborations into more strategic and collective climate actions in the region. Brainstorming and planning sessions that explored potential partnerships gave suggestions to FABC to formulate a roadmap and a regional climate change strategy in Asia. It was concluded that the poor and the vulnerable that have generally contributed the least to the climate crisis are hit the hardest and hence climate change should be a political and ethical issue.