Mainstreaming Coastal and Marine Biodiversity into Production Sectors in Sindhudurg Coast in Maharashtra

What is the Project About

What is the Project About
Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan/UNDP India

The project, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests and financed by the Global Environment Facility, aims to mainstream biodiversity conservation into Sindhudurg coastal district’s production sectors. It also seeks to generate awareness among local communities on biodiversity conservation amidst the threat of unsustainable fishing practices, rising pollution from fishing vessels and maritime traffic in the region.

What Have We Accomplished So Far

What Have We Accomplished So Far
Photo: N Vasudevan/UNDP India
  • Constitution of a National Project Steering Committee and a State Project Steering Committee

  • Launch of the ‘Sindhudurg Clean Beach campaign’ across 29 beaches all along Sindhudurg coast to create awareness among school children, local communities and tourists regarding the impact of non-biodegradable wastes on marine life

  • Engagement with local communities to enable joint cooperation in project implementation

  • Documentation of biodiversity of Angria bank through a sub-committee

  • Sensitization of staff of fisheries department through workshops on biodiversity conservation

  • Sensitization of Zilla Parishad staff and the various departments representing the production sectors on biodiversity conservation in the region

  • Awareness generation in the locality through workshops on eco-tourism for staff of home stays registered with the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation

  • Information dissemination on sustainable marine fishing approaches through interactions with small-scale fishermen

  • Support outlined for marine turtle conservation and turtle festivals conducted by Sahyadri Nisarg Mitra

  • Preparation of publicity materials and strategies in local languages and promoting biodiversity awareness through wall paintings, sand art and puppet shows

Funding Support by



Donor Name Amount Contributed
Global Environment Facility (GEF) US$ 3,438,294


Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Years

Year Amount
2013 US$ 592,573
2012 US$ 82,450
2011 Nil


Photo Essay

People and Seas: Coastal and Marine Biodiversity in Sindhudurg

People and Seas: Coastal and Marine Biodiversity in Sindhudurg  
Sindhudurg , on the coast of Maharashtra is one of 11 ecologically critical habitats in India. Since 2011, a UNDP partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests and the government of Maharashtra, is supporting efforts to conserve the enormous biodiversity wealth of the coastal area. The partnership is supported by the Global Environment Facility.

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Project Overview
Status:
Ongoing
Project Start Date:
January 2011
Estimated End Date:
December 2016
Geographic Coverage:
Sindhudurg coast including three Talukas- Deogad, Malvan and Vengurla
Focus Area:
Environment and Energy
MDG:
Goal 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability, Goal 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
Project Officer:
C. Sasikumar
Partners:
Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India; Department of Forests, Government of Maharashtra
Highlights
  • Launched the ‘Clean Beach’ campaign across 29 beaches along Sindhudurg coast to create awareness on impact of non-biodegradable wastes on marine life
  • Constituted a National Project Steering Committee and a State Project Steering Committee
  • Conducted workshops to sensitize staff of Fisheries department, Zilla Parishad and various production sectors on biodiversity conservation
  • Sindhudurg Coastal and Marine Ecosystem is one of the 11 ecologically and economically critical habitats identified along the Indian coast
Related Documents
2013 Annual Performance Report of UNDP-supported GEF-financed Projects
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4,000 School Students Join the Launch of the Clean Beach Programme in Sindhudurg

A ‘Clean Beach’ campaign launched by the Ministry of Environment and Forests; Department of Forests, Government of Maharashtra and UNDP drew thousands of children to the beaches on the Sindhudurg coastline in southern Maharashtra on 12 January 2013.

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