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Project Description and Scope

ICZM project aims to identify and implement programs that will hopefully solve the pressing and emerging issues in the coastal zone that are sometimes inter-sectoral in nature. Some of the priority actions that have been included in the Project are summarized below:

  • To implement a new/modified coastal protection plan (both hard and soft) along Digha-Sankarpur coast  based on clear understanding of the coastal processes and causes of coastal erosion,
  • To implement an extended and/or modified sewage system of Digha area including laying of sewer network, treatment of waste water by oxidation pond method, phyto-remediation and disposal of treated waste water,
  • To promote better and sustainable livelihood in Digha Sankarpur coastal area through value addition of existing products, better marketing arrangement and development of some key infrastructure.
  • To formulate and implement a plan to clean up the area with creation of infrastructural facilities like day centre, pay and use toilets, solid waste management system etc. for continued clean upkeep of the area, 
  • To implement a new or modified protection plan based on clear understanding of the estuarine and coastal processes and causes of estuarine and coastal erosion at Sagar Island,
  • To promote better and sustainable livelihood in Sagar island area though value addition of existing products, better marketing arrangement and development of some key infrastructure.
  • To implement construction of a major infrastructure facility, namely extension of grid electricity to Sagar Island with transmission line crossing Hugli river and
  • To identify areas of capacity building and draw up plans of enhancement of capacity of institutions working in coastal zone management.

As a whole the scope of the entire project will be geared

  • To identify the factors/activities responsible for depletion and degradation of coastal resources and their analysis,
  • To identify the sectors affected by depletion and degradation of coastal resources,
  • To formulate sector specific remedial measures for resource depletion/degradation including development of alternate livelihood,
  • To identify ecosystem under stress, to analyse its causes and responsible factors and to formulate in applicable cases remedial measures to restore the physical/chemical/biological characters that were lost/modified/degraded,
  • To identify extent and sectors affected by degradation due to pollution of estuarine and coastal environmental quality and to develop sector specific monitoring and mitigation plans including regulatory measures,
  • To formulate a rational utilization plan of coastal space for developmental and conservational  activities including space to be required for support of livelihood of local populace for environmentally, inter-sectorally and socially compatible development and management of the coastal zone and
  • To estimate the effects of climate change and its impact on coastal infrastructure and livelihood and to plan for development consistent with the perceived climate change scenario.