Communities and Resource Governance

The Communities and Resource Governance Programme (CRG) focuses on strengthening the formal and informal laws and institutions governing India’s marine and coastal ecosystems. Our research and interventions under this Programme strive to demystify coastal policies, enhance fisher inclusion and representation in coastal planning and decision-making and strengthen environmental and coastal legislations around the country. The CRG Programme also supports national and regional networks and campaigns for coastal conservation and fisher rights by facilitating platforms for effective knowledge-sharing and dialogues between diverse coastal stakeholders

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Environmental Law Omnibus

The Environmental Law Omnibus (ELO) was designed as a one-stop e-portal for laws pertaining to the environment in India. The site (that is presently being redesigned) offered interviews, articles, legal critiques, court judgements, gazetted and  scanned texts of laws and more. The site also comprised an Environmental Law Guide that helped demystify and highlight salient clauses in…

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Representing knowledge: Local ecological knowledge (LEK) and natural resource governance in India

India abounds not only in biodiversity but also in natural resource-dependent communities. These communities have forged unique relationships with their respective ecosystems over the course of many generations and derived both sustenance and livelihoods directly from their natural habitats that include forests, oceans, rivers, coasts and more. As a result, these communities are treasure troves…

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The emergence of ‘essential coastal activities in Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu

Marine and coastal regions around the world are hotbeds of entrepreneurial activities and competing claims. Here, multiple actors with varying levels of resources and power such as the energy, manufacturing, trade, tourism and industrial lobbies on one hand, and small scale fishers and traditional livelihoods on the other, vie for rights over coastal lands and resources. As…

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Communicating environmental laws: development of outreach material

Publications Coastal Regulation Zones 2011 – Handbook in Tamil and English Dakshin Foundation and Namati-Centre for Policy Research Environmental Justice Program  2013 CRZ 2011 pocket card – Tamil Dakshin Foundation and Namati-Centre for Policy Research Environmental Justice Program  2013 Coastal Regulation Zones 2011 – Handbook in Bengali and English Dakshin Foundation and Namati-Centre for Policy Research Environmental…

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Strengthening the legal framework on Coastal Commons

Strengthening the legal framework on Coastal Commons Ananya Rao, Ananya Majumdar, Aarthi Sridhar The Coastal Regulation Zone, 2011 which is the dominant policy on coastal governance in India, makes a reference to ‘traditional rights and customary uses’ of coastal space by coastal communities, but it does not elaborate on what the terms ‘rights’ and ‘uses’…

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Governance and leadership in fishing communities in Ramanathapuram district, Tamil Nadu

Governance and leadership in fishing communities in Ramanathapuram district, Tamil Nadu The demand for decentralisation of governance and inclusive policy-making has been made repeatedly by civil society organisations for several decades with only a few halting steps of progress in this direction. Today, there are both internal as well as international efforts towards recognising community…

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