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Marine and coastal biodiversity under serious threat from projects
Hyderabad | Tuesday, Oct 9 2012 IST
 
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Concerned organisations such as BNHS, National Coastal Protection Campaign, Dakshin Foundation, PondyCAN, Kalpavriksh, ICSF Trust, and Greenpeace India today expressed that India is not doing enough to conserve its marine and coastal bio diversity even though Indian Ocean has amongst the richest biodiversity in the world. At the onging CoP 11, which commenced here yesterday, they demanded India, which can announce significant steps over the reckless development projects , to ensure the conservation of marine and coastal biodiversity. In a release here, the organisations pointed out that an unprecedented scale of 'development' along the east and west coast of India is taking place and this included ports, power plants, ship yards, coastal armouring, aquaculture, and so on spelling doom for large tracts of inter-tidal and near-shore marine areas. These developments will make already vulnerable traditional and artisanal fishers more vulnerable, destroying or displacing livelihoods. Similarly, Andhra Pradesh is proposing 10 new ports, 15 new thermal power projects (eight of them in Krishnapatnam area in Nellore district), and several other power plants with undisclosed or uncertain locations. Additionally, Andhra Pradesh has 70 SEZs proposed in 15 districts, including a staggering 5 million acres in a coastal corridor that will include airports, sea ports, ship-breaking, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, information technology, apparel units and captive thermal power stations. They wanted the government to prohibit development projects in coastal and marine areas, strictly avoiding biodiversity-damaging and livelihood-displacing projects. Empowering of traditional coastal communities, especially through clear tenurial rights, to maintain their conservation-oriented traditional practices and to have a central voice in decisions affecting the coastal and marine areas; and Providing legal and policy backing to a range of conservation measures that promote community conserved areas and co-management, using laws such as the Environment Protection Act, Biodiversity Act and Forest Rights Act, the organisations felt. UNI KNR-CS RSA NS2302 NNNN

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