Nansen Environmental Research Centre India (NERCI) is organizing a workshop as part of the Indo-European Research Facilities for studies on marine ecosystems and climate in India (INDO-MARECLIM), Project of European Union FP-7, to discuss the current status of work on Coastal zone management and impact on society and to explore possibilities for collaboration in the future. INDO-MARECLIM aims at facilitating and improving the co-operation between the European Union Members States and Associated Countries and India and currently includes partners from UK, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Norway, involved in research topics of relevance to India. The Strategy of INDO-MARECLIM is to organize and host workshops and winter school inviting European and Indian scientists, post-docs and PhDs.
Broad topics of workshop
There has been a growing concern globally for fisheries management and to integrate fisheries management with coastal zone management. Ecologically, coastal areas comprise of critical terrestrial and aquatic realms with valuable assortment of natural resources. Any alteration from the prevailing pattern of upwelling or monsoon, or variation in the fish catch has serious repercussions on the socio-economic scenario. Thus the ecosystems are closely linked with the socio-economic systems, which are in need of careful management actions as they are threatened by overuse and abuse by man. The CRZ regulations passed by the Indian Parliament in January 2011 have included the territorial waters in the regulation and thus have given enormous importance to fishermen community related activities. There are several societal issues ranging from drinking water requirements, management of suitable dwelling units, post-harvest activities etc. demanding organized attention. The aim of the workshop is to exchange scientific knowledge, strengthen the links between science, policy and practices and enhance EU-Inda co-operation in dealing coastal zone issues.