The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is embarking on a new National Coastal Mission.
With this objective in view, Environment Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has dedicated the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) to the nation at Chennai.
The Minister inaugurated the new building of the Centre and research infrastructure at Anna University campus in Chennai. He pointed out that the research undertaken by NCSCM will be used directly for arriving at policy decisions and for capacity building of coastal communities and other stakeholders.
The Minister said that the focus of the Government in coastal states is sustainable livelihood, development of coastal communities through various R&D and policy initiatives. He also added that six research divisions have been established at NCSCM that will combine geospatial sciences with cutting-edge research on conservation, pollution, climate change and community interface – both in mainland and islands of the country. He also added that the NCSCM’s core strength is the multi-disciplinary nature of coastal system research for the well-being of coastal communities and promoting sustainable development based on scientific principles.