The meaning of World Fisheries Day

By Anu Priya Babu| Why do celebrations break out across oceans and shorelines on the 21st of November every year and how did this emerge as the ‘World Fisheries Day’? On this day, fishing communities across nations engage in public gatherings, cultural performances, exhibitions, rallies and workshops. In sync with this worldwide revelry, our teams in Tamil Nadu, Odisha, and the Andamans organised fisheries meetings, mimes, and local events to celebrate along with the fishing communities their fisheries and coastal ecosystems. But what is so special about this day and what meaning does it hold for India’s diverse small-scale fishers? The answer took us to the proud history of fisher movements in South Asia, led by Indian fishers…

Reassessing Marine Protected Areas and the climate crisis

By Anu Priya Babu| The urgency to combat what is now termed the ‘climate crisis’ has led to a paradigm shift in global discussions with COP28 in Dubai becoming a significant event. Notably, the attempt to re-center oceans in climate strategies highlights the controversial role of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in addressing climate change and biodiversity loss. The long-persisting challenges around MPAs as conservation tools, especially in the global south, and in regions like the northern Indian Ocean, where a complex interplay of environmental, social, and economic factors call into question increasing MPA coverage targets as blanket climate solutions.

Re-viewing coastal conservation – Dakshin collaboration with the ALT Environmental Film Festival

In a bid to raise critical conversation and foster community engagement on coastal conservation, the All Living Things Environmental Film Festival (ALT EFF) collaborated with Dakshin’s field teams to host a series of impactful film screenings across three diverse locations in India. The events were held in Ganjam (Odisha), Olaikuda (Tamil Nadu), and Malvan (Maharashtra) in early December 2023 and provided a unique platform for initiating discussions on pressing coastal challenges and highlighted the pivotal role of community participation.

Celebrating World Fisheries Day

World Fisheries Day on 21st November 2023 witnessed vibrant celebrations across the diverse coastal landscapes of India organised by our teams. The activities organised echo the shared commitment to sustainable fishing practices, community well-being, and the preservation of coastal ecosystems.

Pushing the e-cart ahead

By SeaChange team, ANI | As we continue our efforts to improve the waste management system in Wandoor, one of the biggest roadblocks that we can’t seem to get around is the equipment and machines on which the system depends. Whether it is an incinerator to burn sanitary waste, a baling machine to compress the segregated waste or an electric vehicle which sanitation workers use to collect waste from across the village – a problem in any single one of these would ideally turn the system upside down.

Waste: Is It Merely A Matter Of Governance, Or Consumption, Or Just Litter?

By Shamili Mohanakannan | Most of us would have always pondered what that green recycling symbol with some weird numbering at the back of our milk packet is (you might want to look at your soy milk carton, if you’re lactose intolerant). Or think about that one bamboo toothbrush brand that loves to call themselves ‘sustainable’ (forget their bristles and plastic cover on top of it), our toothpaste tubes, shower gels and cosmetic bottles (not to mention those exfoliating microbeads), those everyday tetra paks and sachets in our kitchen, that packed drink we’ve been bingeing on, those thin foils and Styrofoam boxes that has our food covered, that fancy zero-waste running shoes, in fact, our online deliveries that comes with never-ending plastic wrappers on it. You name it.

Neglected Voices

By Ithihaas R. | The most exciting aspect of my experience working in the development sector has been settling in a new place, interacting with the local community, and gaining their acceptance. Sports have always been a major bridge for me to connect with new communities. It was in the same interest that I approached local footballers when we first shifted to the field station in Pamban.

Collective step towards improved solid waste management in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

By SeaChange team, ANI | Waste management is a big challenge worldwide and it becomes even more challenging for islands due to their isolated geography. Solid waste management had emerged as a priority issue in the Andaman Islands when Dakshin conducted its health and environmental needs scoping study in 2019. The proper management of waste on land is also essential for preserving the delicate marine and coastal ecosystems, upon which different communities depend for fishing or tourism.

Reflecting on Three Months of Coastal Grassroots Fellowship

By Thisam Mahsana OK | The second cohort of Coastal Grassroots Fellowship (CGF) for women from coastal communities of the Palk Bay region of Tamil Nadu started last March with a wonderful group of twelve women. They were excited about this fellowship opportunity and the learning platform that it offered them. Together we developed the structure for the fellowship programme, keeping in mind the objective of enhancing their leadership qualities and capabilities. As a fellowship coordinator, it was thrilling to work with these amazing women.