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.