National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management

News:Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change has informed Lok Sabha about the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM).


About NCSCM:

  • The National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) is a research institute under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC).
  • The institute undertakes studies and research in the area of Coastal Zone Management including coastal resources and environment.
  • The NCSCM is also providing scientific and technical inputs to the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan.

Objectives of NCSCM:

  • Strive for being a World Class Knowledge Institution related to coastal zones, environment, resources and processes,
  • To promote integrated and sustainable management of the coastal and marine areas in India for the benefit and wellbeing of the traditional coastal and island communities, and
  • Advise the Union and State Governments and other associated stakeholder(s) on policy, and scientific matters related to Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM).

Additional information:

About ICZM:

  • Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan(ICZM) is a World Bank supported project.
  • The plan aims to build a national capacity for implementation of comprehensive coastal management approach in the country in an attempt to achieve sustainability.
  • The concept was born in 1992 during the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
  • The specifics regarding ICZM is set out in the proceedings of the summit within Agenda 21.


  • Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has established Society of Integrated Coastal Management(SICOM) to implement the project the national level and state level.
  • The National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM), is providing scientific and technical inputs.
  • Till now three coastal states namely West Bengal, Gujarat and Orissa have been selected under the ICZM plan.