As of: January 2018
Participatory Management for Sustainable Use and Conservation of Wetland, Coastal and Marine Protected Areas
Objective and activities
The project is developing and implementing participatory models for protecting and sustainably managing selected protected areas in coastal zones with the aim of preserving biodiversity and the livelihoods of the local population. Training measures improve the knowledge base and capacities of the Indian partners in co-management and expand the opportunities for Indian business and local interest groups to participate. Existing knowledge on sustainable coastal zone management is being intensified through international experience, and proven instruments that are adapted to India’s current situation are being developed in conjunction with the local population. Public, private and local actors are partnering up to implement the management models developed. Media and communications work raises the awareness of the population on the value of biodiversity and methods for its preservation and sustainable use.
State of implementation/results
- Seven pilot areas were established in the states of Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.
- Studies on natural resources management in India and the use of traditional knowledge were carried out. The existing biodiversity at the project sites was recorded and data on the composition of the local population that could be affected by improved environmental management in the coastal zone was collected. This knowledge was used to produce detailed work plans together with the partners.
- A training strategy was devised to give future forestry officials a better understanding of the specific requirements involved in managing protected areas in marine coastal regions.
- Two leading training institutions for Indian forest management will develop training courses and programmes and include them in the forthcoming curriculum. Similar steps are also envisaged for the fisheries sector and the information sector.
- A modular system developed for biodiversity exhibitions was developed to cater for the highly diverse visual and learning habits of the target population. The partners will support this measure with substantial resources of their own in some cases – for example, by renovating buildings intended for exhibitions.
- In October 2014, India formally ended its two-year presidency of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). To mark this occasion, the project, together with India’s Environment Ministry, organised a discussion round on participatory management of protected areas in coastal regions. The participants presented examples from India, Senegal and Germany and reported on their experiences.
- Development of a media training course for students “Communicating Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Conservation and Management through Media”.