Further to this IUCN and C-SCAPES, under the aegis of MoEFCC, organized an online discussion towards “Accelerating Conservation Action for Sustainable Oceans”, on the occasion of World Ocean Day (8th June, 2020) The online meeting brought together over 40 participants including Forest Department officials from many coastal States in India.
The objective of the discussion was to explore the Forest Departments potentially changing roles in the future of marine and coastal conservation in India, in a COVID-19 world. It also touched on current opportunities for institutional partnerships, learning and innovation for sustainable coastal conservation action in India.
Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Information & Broadcasting & Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Govt.of India, addressed the online gathering through a video message, highlighting the importance of healthy oceans and coasts for India. He reiterated Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s words, that “together we seek a future for our oceans that lives up to its name –SAGAR- Security and Growth for All in the Region”. He also emphasized that “land divides us, while oceans unite us”.
Discussions have resulted in advising a potential roadmap for the future of coastal and marine conservation in India, with an emphasis on:
- Tackling increased plastic usage during disaster events, and its specific management in coastal areas,
- Community-level governance and coastal resource management, which has yielded conservation wins across the Indian coastline.
- Pathways and mechanisms for co-creation of conservation solutions between communities, governments and experts to meet complex coastal challenges.
- Increased capacity support, policy and financial support for coastal conservation
- Post COVID stimulus and recovery plans to ensure that years of marine and coastal conservation success are not reversed due to the adverse impacts of the pandemic