Management of Coastal and Marine Biodiversity in India: Challenges and Prospect


back
The One-week refresher training course for Indian Forest Service Officers on “Management of Coastal and Marine Biodiversity in India: Challenges and Prospect” was organized jointly by MoEFCC, WII, GIZ and A&N Islands Forest & Plantation Development Corporation from 2-6 November, 2015 at Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This course was designed to achieve the objective of promoting integrated management of coastal and marine biodiversity in India. Service Officers from various States including Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, New Delhi and West Bengal were participated. Resource persons from reputed organizations delivered lecture on diverse aspects of Management, conservation and challenges in the coastal areas of India.

The course was inaugurated on 2 November 2015, by Mr. Omkar Singh, PCCF & Principle Secretary (Forests), Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dr. V.B. Mathur, Director, Wildlife Institute of India, Shri. Alok Saxena, Addl. Director, IGNFA., Dr. K. Sivakumar, Scientist, Wildlife Institute of India and Dr. Neeraj Khera, GIZ. Followed by the inauguration, officers had lectures on Introduction to Management of Coastal and Marine Biodiversity in India: Challenges and Prospects, Island Biodiversity Management, Mangroves, Strategies and tools for facilitating capacity development for sustainable management of coastal and marine biodiversity and MPAs in India.

Next day (3 November 2015), as a part of the course, field visit to Mahatma Gandhi Marine National and Chidiyatapu Biological Park was organized to understand the effectiveness of the Management Plan with special reference to livelihood and biodiversity conservation linkages, followed by group discussion. On 4 November 2015, all the officers were taken to Havelock Island to understand about the Ecotourism Planning in the ecologically sensitive coastal and marine Areas.  The session was hosted by K. Ravichandran, CCF, A&N Islands, Senthil Kumar, IGNFA., K. Sivakumar, WII., Neeraj Khera, GIZ. Officers were also introduced to Discover SCUBA course which was led by professionally trained instructors. On 5 November 2015, the participants were exposed to Integrated Management of Coastal and Marine Protected Area at Baratang Island.

Day 5 was the last day of this event which started with few interesting sessions followed by panel discussion on Integrated and sustainable Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Conservation: Challenges, Gaps and prospects which was chaired by Mr. Omkar Singh, PCCF & Principle Secretary (Forests), Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dr. K. Sivakumar, WII. and Dr. Neeraj Khera, GIZ. The session was concluded with valedictory function and certificate distribution.