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


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


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.

The file size is about 17 Mb.


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.


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.

Implication of SEZ on the Fishing Community of Kutch, Gujarat

A network of three NGOs, namely Setu (Bhadreshwar), Yusuf Maheraully Centre (YMC) and Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan (KMVS), working for the comprehensive development of the coastal communities of Mundra has taken over the issue. With an aim of guarantying the rights of livelihood to the
fishing communities, the NGOs have organized various workshops, padyatras and awareness campaigns. This paper has been commenced to understand the implication of SEZ on the fishing community of the area, with an aim of collaborating with the like minded people and institutes/organizations for attending the issue.

International Coastal Cleanup Day 2007

In order to bring awareness on the marine litter and their detrimental effect in our marine environment, the “International Coastal Cleanup Day” is observed every year by millions of people all around the world in many countries.
This year too SACEP and Indian Coast Guard have planned to organise the cleanup in the country on 16 September (Sunday) and request your help and participation in cleaning your coastal area, which will help us to formulate a concerted programme on marine litter management in India and also in the neighbouring countries.
Please visit our website for further details:

Islands of Deregulation

V.Vivekananandan's note on the IPZ for wider discussion

Letter to Chief Town Planner, Goa

Letter from Matanhy Saldanha to the Chief Town Planner, Goa with reference to suggestions and objections to the draft Goa Land Development and Building Construction Regulations, 2008


NCPC Proposals Aug2009

Proposals to improve CRZ notification of 1991 and the livelihood security of fishing communities (Developed at the NCPC meeting at Bombay on 11 August 2009.
The invitation from CEE states that the purpose of the consultations organized by the MoEF is to discuss the recommendations of the M.S.Swaminathan Committee Report (Final Frontier). However, the NCPC is firmly of the view that these consultations are not just to discuss the recommendations of the Committee but to discuss improvements to the CRZ notification of 1991 and other relevant issues for protecting the livelihoods of traditional fishing communities.