The Environment Ministry has put forward draft Environmental
and Social Management Framework (ESMF). It is a part of World Bank funded
project called Enhancing Coastal and Ocean Resource Efficiency Program
ENCORE aims to strengthen integrated coastal
zone management in all coastal States and Union Territories of India. It seeks
to strengthen coastal resource efficiency and resilience, for adopting and
implementing integrated coastal management approaches.
The draft ESMF lays out guidelines out for
coastal States to adopt when they approve and regulate projects in coastal
zones. It also outlines how environmental and social aspects should be integrated
into the planning, design, implementation of projects.
The MoEFCC had launched an Integrated Coastal
Zone Management Project by establishing a Society of Integrated Coastal
Integrated Coastal Zone Management is a strategy
for an integrated approach to planning and management for environmentally
sustainable development in coastal areas.
Among coastal states, Gujarat, Odisha and West
Bengal have prepared Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plans with support from
the World Bank.