Lakshadweep islands in the West coast and Puducherry in the East coast have
been identified as pilot projects for the Indo Norweigian joint study in the
area of Marine Spatial Planning in the Oceanic Space for the next five years
This was decided as the first project steering committee meeting with
representatives from both the countries conducted virtually recently
The two countries have charted out a plan to ensure that human activities
at sea take place in an efficient, safe, and sustainable manner in areas such
as energy, transportation, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism etc. across multiple sectors. This is a part of the
Indo-Norway Integrated Ocean Initiative under the Memorandum of Understanding
signed between the two countries in 2019.
The two countries to
extend support for sustainable ocean resources utilisation
The two countries have decided to extend support for sustainable ocean
resources utilisation to advance economic and social development in coastal
areas. The initiative known as Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) will be
implemented by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) through National Centre
for Coastal Research (NCCR) for India.
NCCR will develop a
marine spatial planning framework
In its primary phase, NCCR will
develop a marine spatial planning framework for Puducherry and Lakshadweep. These
sites have been chosen for the pilot project in view of their setups with
unique opportunities for multiple sectors (such as industries, fisheries, and
tourism) to flourish.
The Government of India's initial investments for undertaking the studies
and planning are estimated to be around INR 8-10 crores per annum. In the
future, marine spatial planning framework of these two environmentally critical
areas can be replicated to other coastal regions of the country. Notably, the
World Bank and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have expressed
interest in supporting MoES in conducting MSP, a societal-beneficial initiative
for India's coastal regions.
coastal management plans for Chennai, Goa, and Gulf of Kachchh proved very successful
The MSP initiative will be implemented by MoES and the Norwegian
Environment Agency through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway. Earlier,
NCCR had developed coastal management plans for Chennai, Goa, and Gulf of
Kachchh which proved very successful. Now, the MSP initiative will aid
development of multiple economic sectors and stakeholders in greater number of
coastal areas of the country..
‘New India by 2030’ highlights Blue
Economy, a core dimension of growth
Government of India’s vision of New India by 2030 highlights blue economy as
one of the ten core dimensions of growth. MSP is globally identified as a tool
for sustainable and integrated ocean management. It is a noted area for work in
India’s (draft) Blue Economic Policy being developed by MoES.