As we commemorate 150 glorious years of Tata, it gives me great pleasure to launch our first center of excellence to institutionalize the conservation of marine biodiversity. It is important that we provide for the proper conservation and management of the marine ecosystems, which play a vital role in our ocean’s resources and human well-being. We continually look for scientific ways to positively impact society through the sustainability of our programs. With this launch, we take one more step to further the Tata group’s purpose of improving the quality of life and environment for the communities we serve.
C-SCAPES is building on a strong foundation of scientific evidence, partnership and demonstration of on-ground actions, in a collective effort to conserve marine and coastal biodiversity, and accelerate the transition to sustainable and inclusive development across India.
C-SCAPES envisions the conservation and wise-use of marine and coastal biodiversity through local, regional and national actions and collaboration, towards achieving inclusive and sustainable development in India.
Our vision is anchored to objectives that enable its realization, including
- Research, pilot and propagate replicable and scalable models for inclusive coastal and marine biodiversity conservation in partnership and engagement with all stakeholders.
- Contribute to a common platform that enables sharing of knowledge, experiences and other resources in an engaging manner.
- Enhance, and increase uptake of the science, on coastal and marine ecosystems, by all stakeholders through field research, experimentation, partnerships and collaborations, and network-building
- Provide knowledge, approaches, and training that lead to the responsible use of coastal and marine resources for sustainable livelihoods and biodiversity conservation
- Promote and enhance community participation in marine and coastal biodiversity conservation, through communication, education, participation and public awareness (CEPA) for students, communities, researchers and other stakeholders within the coastal and marine conservation sector.
- Advocate for responsible sustainable development, grounded in coastal conservation through evidence-based advice for decision-making and policy implementation at national and global levels.
- Focus on young people to get them interested and involved in the conservation of their coastal and marine natural heritage.
Commemorating the Tata’s 150 years of serving society through science and nation building, Tata Chemicals launched the C-SCAPES in 2018. The Centre is rooted in Tata’s core sustainability values, and is a natural extension of the Company’s sustainability initiative, Dharti Ko Arpan, which means dedicated to the earth.
Interventions under TCL’s ‘Dharti Ko Arpan’ programmes include coral reef restoration in Mitapur, mangrove restoration and rehabilitation, waterfowl conservation at Charakla saltworks, whale shark conservation initiatives, Asiatic lion conservation initiatives, and the creation of Eco Clubs to strengthen environmental education and awareness. The learning and experiences from these initiatives have guided our journey towards designing and developing new collaborative approaches to practically demonstrate approaches that marine biodiversity conservation can be in everyone’s interest.