About Us

Society of Integrated Coastal Management (SICOM) has been established under the aegis of Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate change, Government of India. The main objectives of SICOM are as follows:-

  • To support implementation of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) activities in India.
  • To implement the World Bank assisted India ICZM Project
  • To provide Research Development (R&D) and stakeholders participation in management of the Coastal areas in India.
  • To undertake any additional work or function as may be assigned by Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change from time to time in the area of Coastal Management and other related activities.

The Ministry of Environment and Forests has initiated the World Bank assisted Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project with a budget outlay of Rs.1580.10crores (US$262 million). 

Under the project SICOM will be implementing the following four components, namely, (i) National Coastal Management Programme (ii) ICZM West Bengal (iii) ICZM Orissa (iv) ICZM Gujarat.

National component includes (a) Demarcation of hazard line that has been assigned to Survey of India (SoI) for mapping the entire coastline of the mainland of the country. The MoU between SoI and MoEF was signed on 12th May, 2010 and the project is on-going; (b) A National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) has been established within the campus of Anna University, Chennai. This Centre will be linked to eleven collaborating regional centers in each of the coastal States/Union territories.

 

The main objective of the Centre is to promote research and development in the area of coastal management including addressing issues of coastal communities. The "Anna University Declaration" has been adopted on 21st June, 2010 by NCSCM and the collaborating eleven research centers.

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Vision Statement to a part of SICOM

The vision of the project is to assist Government of India in building national capacity for implementation of comprehensive coastal management approach in the country, and piloting the integrated coastal zone management approach in states of Gujarat, Orissa and West Bengal.

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Research Agency

A National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) at Anna University, Chennai, has been established to work on coastal management issues in association with eleven identified coastal State Research Institutions. The Center will be linked to eleven collaborating regional in each of the coastal States and UTs. It will focus on the following activities along with 15 identified research institutions-

  • Study the current practices of ICZM and suggest similar ones for India
  • Evaluate and monitor programmes of ICZM
  • Advise stakeholders with regards to ICZM programmes
  • Promote research and development in ecological programmes

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Implementing Agencies

The project has four implementing agencies - MoEF at the national level with lead responsibilities, and the Departments of Forests and Environment (DoFE) of the three participating states. The MoEF and the State DoFEs have the sole mandate and experience in coastal zone management and were, therefore, the obvious choice to lead the implementation of the project. Each of these four main partners has already set up Special Purpose Vehicles in the form of registered societies (NPMU and SPMUs), to manage the project and achieve the PDOs; coordinate project activities on a full-time basis and directly execute some of the relevant project sub components. In addition, Steering Committees (SCs) at the national and the state levels have been set up for inter-sectoral coordination.

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Phase I – SPMU

The first phase of the project covers the States of Gujarat, Orissa and West Bengal. The SPMUs will ensure preparation and adoption of the ICZM plan through a process of regular stakeholder dialogue, scientific and technical input support, resource endowments, and identification of potential coastal hazards and risks to coastal communities. The SPMUs will ensure preparation, adoption and execution of the ICZM plan through a process of regular stakeholder dialogue, scientific and technical input support, resource endowments, and identification of potential coastal hazards and risks to coastal communities.

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Phase II

The second phase of the project will include other States and Union Territories.

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What we do and where we work

The project has a comprehensive agenda that includes hazard mapping of the national coastline, livelihood improvement of coastal communities, and coastal ecosystem conservation.

The SICOM office was inaugurated by Honourble Minister Mr. Jairam Ramesh on 15th September 2010. The office is located on Lodhi Road in New Delhi.

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ICZM Plan Initiative

As per the guidelines for the preparation of the Coastal Zone Management Plan - CRZ 2011 notification.

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Annual Reports

Annual Report 2010 - 2011

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Coastal ecologically important areas

  • coastal fresh water lakes

  • coral reefs

  • horse shoe crabs habitats

  • mangroves

  • marine parks and sanctuaries

  • mudflats

  • nesting grounds of migratory birds

  • salt marshes

  • sand dunes

  • sea-grass beds

  • sea-weed beds

  • turtle nesting grounds

  • water bodies