KOCHI: Kerala’s concerns regarding Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms will be addressed soon, said Shailesh Nayak, Secretary to the Ministry of Earth Sciences.
He was speaking at a press conference here on Saturday, in connection with the World Ocean Science Congress (WOSC) to be held next year.
Shailesh, who is also the chairman of the Coastal Regulation Zone Committee, said that the Central Government would set the criteria, and make necessary changes to the CRZ norms considering the requirements of every state. “The states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka also have asked for certain amendments to the CRZ norms. An expert committee set up by the government will examine the complaints and take necessary action,” he said.
“The coastal areas must be considered as ecologically sensitive areas. The concerns of the people living in coastal areas must be addressed as they are affected the most by climate change,” he said.
The World Ocean Science Congress-2015 will be held from February 5 to 8, 2015. It will be jointly organised by the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and the Swadeshi Science Movement, Kerala.
Nearly 2,000 delegates from the fields of fishing; navigation, seafood industry; defence; energy; pharmaceuticals; remote sensing and other operational oceanographic services; shipping and ship building; maritime law and human resource development; along with policy makers, will attend the congress.
At the meeting, lectures will be delivered by international experts. The focal theme of the congress will be ‘Protect Oceans for Posterity’. Ocean Resources, Climate Change, Ecosystem Services, Operational Oceanographic Services and Ocean Policy are the various other themes of the congress.
Apart from organisations under the industries of fisheries, shipping, defence, maritime technologies, the CIFT, CMFRI, Indian Navy, NPOL, MPEDA, NIO, NIOT, NCAOR and INCOIS will also take part in the programme.