Coastal Watch

Various interest groups such as Fishing People’s Organisations, Non-Government Organisations, Environmental and Consumer Groups, Academics, Lawyers and activists felt the need to evolve a broad based forum to protect the rights of the coastal communities and the coast from environmental degradation.

A Brief Note on Coastal Action Network

Tamil Nadu is endowed with one of the largest and richest fishery wealth of India. The State has a 1000 km coastline with 1.9 lakh sq.km of EEZ covering the Coromandel Coast, Palk Bay, Gulf of Mannar and the West Coast, besides 21 coral islands in the Gulf of Mannar, with its rich habitats of live corals, coastal lagoons (Pulicat Lake and Muthupet Swamp) and estuaries. Regarding inland fisheries there are 5 major river systems, 51 reservoirs and innumerable tanks. The state has a tropical climate with a temperature ranging from 23 C to 40 C with an average annual rainfall of 945 mm. These natural resources harbour a variety of fin fishes, shell fishes and aquatic plants for developing the fishery wealth for the prosperity of Tamil Nadu. This rich bio-diversity and resources are under threat due to the processes of globalisation and the related economic policies of State and Central Governments.
The various interest groups such as Fishing People’s Organisations, Non-Government Organisations, Environmental and Consumer Groups, Academics, Lawyers and activists felt the need to evolve a broad based forum to protect the rights of the coastal communities and the coast from environmental degradation. Thus, a State level forum of these various organisations was formed in 1996 with the broad objective of protecting the coast and coastal communities.
CAN is involved in the following areas:

  • Awareness education on coastal issues and their impact on coastal communities.
  • Legal reforms with regard to the coast
  • Public policy interventions and critique of budgetary allocations.
  • Facilitating campaigns and struggles against destructive development projects along the coast.
 

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Coastal Action Network Meeting Read more

Building and Strengthening Women Fishworkers / vendors forums  Read more

Towards Strengthening Coastal Rights Defenders… Ramanathapuram Fishing People’s Conference on 29-11-2014, Ramanathapuram Read more

Resources (Downloads)

Coastal Media
Local Government (Entitlements of fishing community Government schemes)

Local Government (Entitlements of fishing community government schemes)

05 Jan 2021

Entitlements of fishing community government schemes. Download here

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booklets on local self-government for the elected representatives

Compendium of seven booklets on local self-government for the elected representatives

05 Jan 2021

Compendium of seven booklets on local self-government for the elected representatives: Rights and Duties of...

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Coastal Manifesto

Election Manifesto 2016 on Coast

20 Oct 2015

Election Manifesto 2016 on Rights of Fishing People, other Coastal poor, Fisheries and Coastal Environment...

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Election Manifesto Coastal and Sustainable Development

Manifesto for Management of the Coast

19 Sep 2015

Election Manifesto for Management of the Coast and Sustainable Development of Fishing Communities Read more

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Training

Coastal Defenders Training
District Level – Coastal Defenders Program on Coastal Community and Coastal Environment Protection

District Level – Coastal Defenders Program on Coastal Community and Coastal Environment Protection

16 Dec 2019

A One-Day Program on Coastal Community and Coastal Environment Protection has been conducted on 14th...

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State Level Training for Coastal Rights Defenders at Thanjavur

22 Jul 2019

A three day Coastal Defenders training program was conducted from 19th to 21st July at...

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Two Day Training for Coastal Defenders

Two Day Training for Coastal Defenders

11 Feb 2019

A two-day training programme for coastal youth was conducted at Thanjavur on 7th and 8th...

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TOT for fishing women and youths on Protecting Coastal Rights in Tamil Nadu on 7 & 8 February 2019, Tanjore District

10 Feb 2019

Institute of Human Rights and Advocacy conducted A two days trainers training for the coastal...

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Events

Coastal Events
Protecting the Life and Livelihood of the Fishing People and Coastal Ecology

Protecting the Life and Livelihood of the Fishing People and Coastal Ecology

07 May 2016

    Two day Seminar on Protecting the Life and Livelihood of the Fishing People...

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People’s Public Hearing on the Impact of Shrimp Industries on the Coastal Poor Small Farmers and Landless

People’s Public Hearing on the Impact of Shrimp Industries on the Coastal Poor, Small Farmers and Landless

08 Jan 2015

Around 18 cases of victims from 6 Districts (Ramanathapuram, Pudhukottai, Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Kancheepuram) who...

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Nagapattinam and Karaikal Fishing People’s Conference

Nagapattinam and Karaikal Fishing People’s Conference 17-11-2014, Nagapattinam

08 Jan 2015

On the Occasion of World Fisheries Day…. Towards Strengthening Coastal Rights Defenders… Nagapattinam and Karaikal...

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Consultation to Stop implementation of Sethu Samudiram Shipping Canal Project

Consultation to Stop implementation of Sethu Samudiram Shipping Canal Project (SSCP)

08 Jan 2015

Consultation to Stop implementation of Sethu Samudiram Shipping Canal Project (SSCP) in any route announced...

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Recent Posts

Coastal
Local Government (Entitlements of fishing community Government schemes)

Local Government (Entitlements of fishing community government schemes)

05 Jan 2021

Entitlements of fishing community government schemes. Download here

Read More
booklets on local self-government for the elected representatives

Compendium of seven booklets on local self-government for the elected representatives

05 Jan 2021

Compendium of seven booklets on local self-government for the elected representatives: Rights...

Read More
District Level – Coastal Defenders Program on Coastal Community and Coastal Environment Protection

District Level – Coastal Defenders Program on Coastal Community and Coastal Environment Protection

16 Dec 2019

A One-Day Program on Coastal Community and Coastal Environment Protection has been...

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State Level Training for Coastal Rights Defenders at Thanjavur

22 Jul 2019

A three day Coastal Defenders training program was conducted from 19th to...

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