Coastal Environment Monitoring & Conservation

Sea Water Monitoring For Chemical Parameters

Vast industrial as well as port development activities are being initiated in the coastal areas of the Gulf of Kachchh. There are a large number of urban centers which have developed due to these industrial activities. At present, untreated domestic sewerage and industrial effluents are directly disposed-off in the sea water which seriously affects the coastal resources. Inadequate infrastructure facilities to monitor The coastal water quality of Gulf of Kachchh is at stake and deserves special attention to ensure that unique and valuable marine natural resources along the Gulf are protected. This requires a sustainable development plan and to enable this, the primary requirement is to monitor and study the coastal water quality at regular intervals throughout the coastline. It is also important that this monitoring be carried out meticulously with best available scientific facilities and methodology.

Project at a Glance
Start Date June, 2010 End Date June. 2016
Cost INR 25.07 Crore Funding Agency World Bank
Implementing agencies Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB)
Components NA
Goal Capacity Building of Gujarat Pollution Control Board towards the chemical monitoring of coastal water pollution in Gulf of Kachchh Generate a database by constant monitoring of chemical status of coastal waters in the Gulf of Kachchh and develop a benchmark for further monitoring and management
Contact GPCB

Goal

Capacity Building of Gujarat Pollution Control Board towards the chemical monitoring of coastal water pollution in Gulf of Kachchh.

Generate a database by constant monitoring of chemical status of coastal waters in the Gulf of Kachchh and develop a benchmark for further monitoring and management.

Objective

To develop institutional capacity, infrastructure and human resource skills in order to achieve the overall objective of coastal zone management and rejuvenation.

To support effective and efficient conservation and management of coastal biodiversity by providing research based information and inputs to managers.

To generate information about chemical status of the sea water and thereby assist in monitoring and regulation of coastal pollution.

Issues & Causes

GPCB as a regulatory authority has 5 coastal offices & laboratories of which only 2 are available for the project area i.e. Gulf of Kachchh. GPCB has human resource strength of 90 Engineers & 145 Scientists due to which there is an ever increasing gap between the pace at which the work load is increasing and the speed with which this existing staff can cope. There is also a need for training & skill building of the existent and newly recruited human resources. GPCB offices currently have limited office space, lab space, and inadequate infrastructure, logistics & communication system. Thus all these are required to be raised to the level that it can be conducive to achieve the objectives of the project.

Project Benefits

Intangible Benefits:

  • Sustainable development in the coastal areas
  • Increase in efficiency and knowledge of human resources

Tangible Benefits:

  • Improvement in infrastructure and laboratories of monitoring and institutions
  • Strengthening of regional offices and regional laboratories for better coastal water monitoring

Report on Monitoring of Physico Chemical Parameters in Gulf of Kachchh and Capacity Building at GPCB under ICZMP

 

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