Port Blair: Facing New Challenges

Venue Programme Registration Partners Contact Us

Dr. B R Ambedkar Auditorium
Abradeen Bazar, Port Blair

Govt. Girls Senior Secondary School
Port Blair

Senior Secondary School
Wimberlygunj, Port Blair

Govt. Tagore College of Education
Middle Point, Port Blair

CARI Auditorium
Garacharma, Port Blair

Jawahar Lal Nehru Rajkiye Mahavidyalaya
Port Blair

For registration and participation information contact:

Ms Smita Mehetre

CMS Environment
M: 098999 79154, 098999 79169
E: smita@cmsindia.org

Dr T V R S Sharma
Society for Andaman & Nicobar Ecology (SANE)
Post Box No 63, Middle Point
Port Blair- 744 101
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
M: 094742 45179
P: 91 3192 232 929; F: 91 3192 236014
E: sharmatvrs@gmail.com


An Initiative of
CMS is an independent, not-for-profit and multidisciplinary organisation dedicated to research-driven initiatives. It enables policy makers to make informed decisions on development and social change. CMS is recognised for its rigorous study  methodologies, innovative approaches to research and for the credibility of its findings.

RNE represents the Government of Norway in India. The Norwegian Embassy’s support to the CMS VATAVARAN 2010 reflects Norway’s commitment to strengthen, intensify and further develop a mutually beneficial cooperation with India through strategic use of its resources and expertise. As stated in theNorwegian Government’s India Strategy,  launched in August 2009, Norway re-affirms its commitments to strengthening the  dialogue and cooperation with India on sustainable solutions to national and global environmental and climate issues.
For more information about Norway and Norwegian Embassy, please visit www.norwayemb.org.in

India Principal Partners
Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India
The Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) is the nodal agency in the administrative
structure of the Central Government for the planning, promotion, co-ordination and overseeing the implementation of India’s environmental and forestry policies and programmes. The primary concerns of the Ministry are implementation of policies and programmes relating to conservation of the country’s natural resources including its lakes and rivers, its biodiversity, forests and wildlife, ensuring the welfare of animals,
and the prevention and abatement of pollution. While implementing these policies and programmes, the Ministry is guided by the principle of sustainable development and enhancement of human well-being.

Principal Partners: Low Carbon Fair
Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India
OC CWG, GEF, MoEF and UNDP
The XIX Commonwealth Games will be held in New Delhi from 3-14 October 2010. The Organizing Committee of Commonwealth Games 2010 and the Government of NCT Delhi has committed itself to hosting a “Green Games” by inducing behavioral change towards low carbon practices and setting the environmental benchmark for organizing multi-disciplinary games in the future.

The UNDP- GEF intervention aims to induce behavioral change amongst the citizens, athletes, volunteers and visitors for the adoption of environmentally sustainable practices, and increase awareness amongst athletes, visitors, media, volunteers and other participants of the CWG and general public about low carbon issues and options to reduce the human impact on the environment through Commonwealth Games 2010.



Contact us:

Ms Smita Mehetre
CMS Environment
M: 098999 79154, 098999 79169
E: smita@cmsindia.org

Dr T V R S Sharma
Society for Andaman & Nicobar Ecology (SANE)
Post Box No 63, Middle Point
Port Blair- 744 101
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
M: 094742 45179
P: 91 3192 232 929; F: 91 3192 236014
E: sharmatvrs@gmail.com



Situated in the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman and Nicobar islands is the largest archipelago consisting of around 360 islands and 206 rocks and rocky outcrops. Port Blair is the largest town and Municipal Council in Andaman district. The sand mining industry that feeds the rapidly growing construction boom of Port Blair is posing one of the biggest environmental problems here. The most immediate challenge remains malaria that is endemic to the region and has deepened post-tsunami. In 2004, the tsunami swept 1,089 villages and claimed over 10,273 lives. The victims continue to live in shacks as the rehabilitation process is slow and arduous. The government is also trying to cope with the destruction of agriculture; homes; roads, educational institutions and water supply lines. The need to conserve and manage coral reefs and complex marine ecosystems, mangroves and parks and sanctuaries (all of which are today threatened by sedimentation and human and anthropogenic activities) is immediate. The influx of tourist traffic is around 1, 50,000 persons per year and the Ministry of Environment and Forests and the National Committee on Wetlands are struggling with the challenges. The struggle needs to be long running and sustained to have an impact.

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