Feasibility of Establishing a Cross-sectoral Institutional Mechanism for Mainstreaming Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Conservation into Production Sectors in the East Godavari Riverine Estuarine Ecosystem (EGREE), Andhra Pradesh, India
This study examines the feasibility of establishing a cross-sectoral institutional mechanism to mainstream coastal and marine biodiversity conservation into production sectors in the east Godavari Estuarine Ecosystem in Andhra Pradesh.
East Godavari Riverine Estuarine Ecosystem (EGREE) in Andhra Pradeshis the second largest mangrove forests in the east coast of India. In recognition of its national and global biodiversity significance, a part of the EGREE is notified as Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary. EGREE region has undergone rapid economic changes in the last two decades as a result of emergence of production activities like oil and gas exploration, industries and ports. The region is inhabited by rural communities who are also dependent on mangroves and other marine resources for livelihood.
It is imperative to forge partnerships among various sectors on the conservation of the region and to encourage biodiversity friendly practices among production sectors. One critical element in this regard would be the establishment of a cross-sectoral institutional platform that can bring agencies, industries and communities together and work towards the above stated goal, consistent with national and state policies, and priorities.
Creation of’ ‘’EGREE FOUNDATION’ under the GoI-UNDP-GEF Project: ‘Mainstreaming Coastal and Marine Biodiversity into Production Sectors in the East Godavari Riverine Estuarine Ecosystem, Andhra Pradesh’ is an attempt towards this direction. I hope that this publication will contribute in the constitution of the Foundation and shall lead to the effective conservation of coastal and marine biodiversity, improving local livelihoods and sustainable development in the Godavari region.