With the deadline for receiving public suggestions and comments on the draft coastal regulations zone (CRZ) 2018 ending a fortnight back, the central government has carried out amendments for location of defence-related projects in CRZ and aspects related to the hazard line.

Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has notified the draft Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) 2018 guidelines for comments of the public and stakeholders in the next 60 day. This draft notification has major recommendation which would boost tourism development in coastal areas of the country which remains untapped due to stringent regulatory framework.

In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) and clause (v) of sub-section (2) of section 3 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (29 of 1986) read with clause (d) of sub-rule (3) of rule 5 of the Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986, the Central Government hereby makes the following further amendments in the Coastal Regulation Zon

Across the globe, the “development experience” of communities varies depending on their socioeconomic and political backgrounds.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of M/s. Mehdad & Others Vs. Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change & Others dated 31/05/2017 regarding declaration and notification of the CZMP (Coastal Zone Management Plans) in relation to coastal states. NGT says that it is evident that the states are not coordinating and that despite lapse of more than 6 years the hazardous line which is a very foundation of the preparation of CZMP, has not been fixed.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Coastal Zone Management Plan, 02/08/2016. Coastal Zone Management Plans (CZMPs) of coastal States and Union Territories (UTs) approved by the Government of India in 1996 are in force till January, 2017.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Amendments to CRZ notifications, 18/07/2016.

Sixteen months after a Right to Information (RTI) application was filed, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has disclosed a copy of the “Report of the Committee to Review the Issues relating to the Coastal Regulation Zone, 2011” to Kanchi Kohli, a well-known expert with the Centre for Policy Research (CPR)-Namati Env

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Erosion of Coastal Areas, 01/03/2016. Under the promotional measures, the Ministry is operating a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) for Conservation and Management of Mangroves of India since 1987-88. Under the Scheme, the Ministry provides 100% (upto 2014-15 and in 60:40 central and state share from 2015-16 onwards) Central Assistance for the implementation of approved Management Action Plans (MAPs) for mangroves. The Government has identified 38 mangrove sites along coastal areas for implementation of MAP.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Vysakh Vs State of Kerala dated 16/12/2015. The application is filed seeking a direction to the State of Kerala, Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority and National Centre for Earth Science Studies to prepare a new Coastal Zone Management Plan of Kerala in respect of the areas coming under the Mandrothuruthu Grama Panchayat including the land in Sy. No.

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