The Central Ministry of Earth Science of India announced on 3rd March 2021 that India have agreed to work in collaboration with Norway in the area of marine spatial planning of the oceanic space for coming 5 years.

The Ministry highlighted that the first project steering committee meeting with representatives of both the counties was held successfully. The Earth Science ministry also stated that the countries have made a plan to ensure that human activities in sea take place in a safe, efficient and sustainable manner. The human activities will be taken in the areas including transportation, energy, aquaculture, tourism and fisheries. As per the Indian ministry, Lakshadweep and Puducherry have been identified as the sites for this project.

The Collaboration

The countries officials also decided to extend their support for the sustainable ocean resources utilisation so as to advance the economic and social development in the coastal areas. The ministry informed that, as initiative called “Marine Spatial Planning” will be implemented for India through the National Centre for Coastal Research by the Ministry of Earth Sciences. Marine Spatial Planning initiative will help in developing the multiple economic sectors and stakeholders in coastal areas of India.

Backdrop

The bilateral agreement regarding the marine spatial planning between India and Norway is a part of the Indo-Norway Integrated Ocean Initiative in accordance with the MoU which was signed between them in 2019.

National Centre for Coastal Research

It is the project directorate under the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences. It was set up to develop and improve the capabilities of countries to address the challenging problems which are prevailing in the coastal regions of India. It provides a long-term organisational framework in order to do the research activities. Earlier, National Centre for Coastal Research had also developed successful coastal management plans for states like Goa, Chennai, and Gulf of Kachchh.

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