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Capacity Building Activities

Marine Aquarium & Regional Centre, Digha, Zoological Survey of India

MARC, ZSI has also been entrusted within the ICZM Project to do some capacity building exercise along the coastal stretch of West Bengal using its core strength in the domain of marine flora and fauna, in tandem with related coastal hazard and habitat issues. It has been mandated to conduct training programmes for:-

Civil society organizations and primary stake holders (Community training)
Primary stake holders are mainly dependent on coastal bio-resources to make them understand that there is no conflict of interest among the apparently alien concepts e.g. sustainable development, economic empowerment and livelihood enhancement activities.

West Bengal State Government officials, local self-government officials and Panchayati Raj Institutions
The aim of this training program is to sensitize the first-hand knowledge managers about various issues related to the coastal and marine biotic and abiotic resources available in general in the coastal areas of West Bengal in particular. Training session will also include livelihood practices of the coastal people, exploitation of the coastal people by both endogenous and exogenous forces, the nature and the categories of the stake holders both primary and secondary, threats both natural and anthropogenic on the marine resources and their resultant impact on the ecosystem. However the principle objective of this training program is on the managerial aspect of managing the coastal resources in tandem with CRZ notifications through scientific intervention and conflict resolution amongst the competing interest groups.