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ABOUT GEC

Gujarat Ecology Commission is an institution established in 1992 by the Forests & Environment Department, Government of Gujarat, to address the State's environment issues and develop sustainable technologies. The Commission is headed by a Member Secretary, who is assisted by gazetted officers, deputed from the Forest and Revenue Departments. The Member Secretary is an All India Service Officer with super-time scale. He is the Chief Executive of the Commission.

A multi-disciplinary team of professionals (including Foresters, Ecologists, Environment Engineers, Socio-economists, GIS & RS Experts and Computer specialists) support the Commission, along with other ministerial staff.

GEC is a platform for providing information and other inputs, which are needed to develop policies and approaches for ecological conservation and sustainable development. At the same time, it undertakes, on its own and in collaboration with other agencies, initiatives for the protection of stems under threat and restoration of ecologically degraded zones.

This is done through tria and demonstrative projects, which establish benchmarks for future replication. The major strength of the commission is its ability to draw on the existing institutional and professional resources of the State and elsewhere, based on felt need.

The Commission has also partnered with several Non-Governmental Organizations and Community-based Organizations in the State in a variety of projects related to ecological restoration, participatory management and awareness generation. GEC has carried out more than 6000 ha of Community-based Mangrove Plantation with the help of various organizations and industrial partnerships in the area of Gulf of Khambhat and Kachchh. The Commission is also involved in various environmental conservation activities on the coastal zone of the state. The Commission also takes up comprehensive environmental research studies.

what's new

  1. I. Gujarat Ecology Commission (GEC) has been nominated as the State Project Management Unit (SPMU) for the ICZM project to be implemented in the Gulf of Kachchh area in the state of Gujarat.
  1. II. GEC is the implementing agency for Component A-1 of ICZM i.e. Restoration, Plantation and Conservation of Mangrove along the coast of Gulf of Kachchh. As the implementing agency for this component, GEC is proposed to play a role as an active agency for prevention of the destruction of mangrove covers and mangrove conservation. The responsibilities of GEC would be:
  • Increase the sensitivity, understanding and acceptance of local communities, Government and coastal industries towards the need to protect, conserve and regenerate mangroves
  • Capacity building of coastal communities and staff of Forest Department for community-based mangrove regeneration
  • Increase the mangrove cover in coastal areas of Gulf of Kachchh through extensive plantation of mangroves in potential coastal and inland areas.
  • Increased livelihood opportunity through plantation and regeneration activities

ABOUT JMC

Jamnagar Municipal Corporation (JMC) was established on of October 1981. It has an area of round about 26.40 square Kms. and population of 445,397 as per Census - 2001. All the administrative activities of JMC are conducted as per Bombay Provincial Municipal Corporation Act 1949. Some of the responsibilities of JMC are as follows:

  • Maintaining the city area & cleaning roads & streets
  • Collecting stinking & toxic substances, garbage etc. and to dispose it appropriately
  • Maintaining & cleaning drainage pipes, open gutters etc. and public latrines/toilets
  • Protecting & providing safety to the citizens & their properties from fire accidents
  • Provide safety against dangerous transmitted diseases & provide appropriate vaccines at appropriate times
  • Providing street lights to public properties like roads, streets etc.
  • Maintaining municipal office, monuments, open grounds and places of public interest
  • Maintenance & administration of funeral places
  • Providing & maintaining primary education facilities to the citizens
  • Providing registration facilities of birth & death to the citizens
  • Construction and maintenance of public roads, bridges and sub-ways to facilitate the citizens
  • Relief work during natural calamities like drought, scarcity, earthquake etc.
  • Socio-economic development of slum dwellers

what's new

Jamnagar Municipal Corporation is one of the implementing agencies for Component B-3: Jamnagar Sewage Treatment Plant Project. JMC will be responsible for the implementation, operation and maintenance of the Jamnagar Sewage Treatment Plant.

ABOUT MNP&S

The Marine National Park & Sanctuary is located on the southern coast of the Gulf of Kachchh between 22 15' N to 23 N latitude and 68 E to 70' 35' E longitude. The coastal stretch of Okhamandal, Kalyanpur, Khambhalia, Lalpur, Jamnagar and Jodia taluka of Jamnagar district constitute the southern boundary of Marine National Park and Sanctuary. Bet, Dwarika and Ajad Islands are located in the Park and Sanctuary area.

On the southern side, low tide line is presently considered as the seaward boundary of the Sanctuary but there is a proposal to consider the water line up to the depth of 5 fathom as the boundary of the Marine National Park in the north.

The Marine National Park was constituted vide Govt. of Gujarat Notification No. AKH/138(2)/82/WLP/1081/V-2 Dtd. 20-07-1982 having an area of 162.89 Sq.km. The Marine Sanctuary was constituted vide Notification No. AKH-140-80-WLP-1079-109483-P2 Dtd. 12-8-1980 & Notification No. AKH-138(1) 182-WLP-1081-126827-V2 Dtd, 20-7-1982 in an area of 220.71 Sq. Km and 237.21 Sq. km. respectively. Besides, 918.33 sq. km of unclassed Cher (Mangrove) forest declared in 1956 and in 1976 under the Indian Forest Act is also included in the area of Marine National Park. The entire area constitutes the marine protected area in the Gulf of Kachchh. However, a part of its area overlaps with the area of unclassed forest along with 29.93 Sq.km Reserve forest and 6.60 Sq. km. protected forest. All the above areas are protected under the Wildlife (Protection) Act-1972, the Indian Forest Act-1927, the Forest Conservation Act-1980 and Environmental Protection Act-1986. The provision of other acts like CRZ, Fisheries act, Coastal and Maritime provisions are also available for this area, which are being implemented by other departments.

what's new

  1. I. MNP&S is the implementing agency for Component A-1 i.e. Restoration, Plantation and Conservation of Mangrove in the area of Marine National Park & Sanctuary, Jamnagar, and Gulf of Kachchh. As the implementing agency for this component, MNP&S will play an active role in prevention of the destruction of mangrove covers and mangrove conservation. The responsibilities of MNP&S would be:
  • Awareness generation, sensitization and capacity building of coastal communities towards the need to protect, conserve and regenerate mangroves
  • Coral Reef Restoration in the Gulf of Kachchh –Marine National Park area with technical assistance from GEER Foundation
  • Eco-tourism development in the Marine National Park area in order to orient the coastal communities towards economic benefits of coastal resource conservation
  • Implementation of Sea Turtle conservation program on the northern coast of Gulf of Kachchh in Gujarat
  • Institutional capacity building for better protection and management of coastal resources under Marine National Park area
  1. II. MNP&S is also one of the implementing agencies for Component B-3: Jamnagar Sewage Treatment Plant Project. MNP&S will be responsible for supervising the positive effects on corals after the implementation of the project.

ABOUT GEER FOUNDATION

Gujarat Ecological Education and Research (GEER) Foundation is an autonomous organization with the Forests & Environment Department of Government of Gujarat set up in the year 1982. The Foundation is a registered society under the Indian Societies Registration Act of 1860 and is a Public Trust under the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950. In the year 1999, the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India has registered the Foundation as a Scientific Institute.

A multi-disciplinary team of professionals (including Foresters, Ecologists, Environment Engineers, Socio-economists, GIS & RS Experts and Computer specialists) support the Commission, along with other ministerial staff.

A multi-disciplinary team of professionals (including Foresters, Ecologists, Environment Engineers, Socio-economists, GIS & RS Experts and Computer specialists) support the Commission, along with other ministerial staff.

GEC is a platform for providing information and other inputs, which are needed to develop policies and approaches for ecological conservation and sustainable development. At the same time, it undertakes, on its own and in collaboration with other agencies, initiatives for the protection of ecosystems under threat and restoration of ecologically degraded zones.

This is done through trial and demonstrative projects, which establish benchmarks for future replication. The major strength of the commission is its ability to draw on the existing institutional and professional resources of the State and elsewhere, based on felt need.

The Commission has also partnered with several Non-Governmental Organizations and Community-Based Organizations in the State in a variety of projects related to ecological restoration, participatory management and awareness generation. GEC has carried out more than 6000 ha of Community based Mangrove Plantation with the help of various organizations and industrial partnerships in the area of Gulf of Khambhat and Kachchh. The Commission is also involved in various environmental conservation activities on the coastal zone of the state. The Commission also takes up comprehensive environmental research studies.

what's new

  1. I. Gujarat Ecology Commission (GEC) has been nominated as the State Project Management Unit (SPMU) for the ICZM project to be implemented in the Gulf of Kachchh area in the state of Gujarat. The functions of the SPMU include preparation of baseline data for measuring the success of the project, documentation & publishing of research & case studies undertaken, monitoring and evaluation of the project and its activities with appropriate criteria. As the SPMU, GEC shall also coordinate among the Project Executing Agencies (PEAs), ensure effective utilization of allocated funds and provide guidelines to the agencies for better implementation of their respective components thereby providing management services for successful operation of the ICZM program.
  1. II. GEC is the implementing agency for Component A-1 of ICZM i.e. Restoration, Plantation and Conservation of Mangrove along the coast of Gulf of Kachchh. As the implementing agency for this component, GEC is proposed to play a role as an active agency for prevention of the destruction of mangrove covers and mangrove conservation. The responsibilities of GEC would be:
  • Increase the sensitivity, understanding and acceptance of local communities, Government and coastal industries towards the need to protect, conserve and regenerate mangroves
  • Capacity building of coastal communities and staff of Forest Department for community-based mangrove regeneration
  • Increase the mangrove cover in coastal areas of Gulf of Kachchh through extensive plantation of mangroves in potential coastal and inland areas.
  • Enrich the marine biodiversity by restoring selected mangroves species in the Gulf of Kachchh.
  • Implement eco-development program for villages adjoining the Gulf of Kachchh to increase people's participation.
  1. III. GEC is also the implementing agency for Component C of ICZM i.e. Socio-Economic Development. Its responsibilities include:
  • To contribute towards capacity building of coastal communities to manage the coastal zone in an integrated manner
  • Increase livelihood opportunities for the coastal communities in the Gulf of Kachchh to ensure socio-economic development for sustainable management of coastal resources

ABOUT GUJARAT POLLUTION CONTROL BOARD

GPCB is the State Statutory Autonomous Authority under the Forest and Environment Department of the Government of Gujarat. Gujarat Pollution Control Board was constituted by the Government of Gujarat on the October 15th, 1974 in accordance with the provisions of the Water Act, 1974. GPCB targets its efforts towards environment related pollution control and improved management.

Several critical issues in the field of environment are being tackled by the Board through its existing Regional Offices located at Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Vapi, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Godhra, Mehsana, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Nadiad and Junagadh. The GPCB, Head Office, Gandhinagar has been registered by the BIS- Bureau of Indian Standards, Delhi under the Quality Management Systems in accordance with IS/ISO 9001:2000.

Though basic functions of the Board are regulatory in nature, it has also been organizing various awareness programs on local issues of municipal solid waste management, bio-medical waste management, pollution from plastic wastes and water, air and land pollution generated from various industrial clusters. Efforts are being made for pollution control with a view to minimize and prevent pollution.

The major objectives of the Board are centered on pollution control and protection of the environmental quality. These are outlined as under:

  • Bring about all round improvement in the quality of the environment in the State by effective implementation of the laws.
  • Control of pollution at source to the maximum extent possible with due regard to technological achievement and economic viability as well as sensitivity of the receiving environment. This objective is being fulfilled through laying down the disposal standards as well as gaseous emission standards.
  • Identifications of sites and development of procedures and methods for the disposal of hazardous wastes.
  • Maximization of re-use and re-cycle of sewage and trade effluent on land for irrigation and for industrial purpose after giving appropriate treatment and thereby economizing and saving on the use of water. The practice also helps in stopping pollution of water due to reduction in discharges of waste into water bodies.
  • Minimization of adverse effect of pollution by selecting suitable locations for the establishment of new industrial projects.
  • Co-ordination with other agencies of the State Government and local authorities to encourage the Common Effluent Treatment Plants and Treatment Stabilization Disposal Facilities.
  • Close co-ordination and rapport building with educational institutions, non government organizations, Industries Associations, Government organizations, etc. to create environmental awareness.

what's new

  1. I.GPCB is the implementing agency for Component B-1: Sea water monitoring for Chemical Parameters. As part of this component, the responsibilities of the Board are as follows:
  • Institutional capacity building in the field of marine ecosystem research and monitoring of chemical parameters of coastal waters in the Gulf of Kachchh area
  • Generate a database about the chemical status of coastal waters in the Gulf of Kachchh and develop a benchmark for further monitoring and management
  1. II.GPCB is also one of the implementing agencies for Component B-3: Jamnagar Sewage Treatment Plant Project. GPCB will be responsible for monitoring of the quality of treated water from Jamnagar STP and sea water in the proximity of Marine National Park and the coastline nearby Jamnagar.

ABOUT BHASKARACHARYA INSTITUTE FOR SPACE APPLICATIONS & GEO-INFORMATICS

Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics (BISAG), Government of Gujarat, was established under the Ninth Five year plan to promote applications of space technology for developmental activities in the state pertaining to Agriculture, Land and Water Resource Management, Wasteland/Watershed Development, Forestry, Disaster Management, Infrastructure and Education. BISAG has been accredited with ISO 9001:2000 and Information Security Management System (ISO 27001).

The Institute endeavors to augment and enhance the applications of space technology and geo-informatics to support various developmental activities through creatively organized, comprehensive multi-purpose geo-spatial databases, web services and satellite communication. Efforts have been directed to further enrich these multi-purpose geo-spatial databases by including a number of varied sectors and domains.

BISAG is a service provider and acts as a bridge between the defined policies and guidelines of the Government and requirements of the functionaries and individuals through capacity building and transfer of technology to the end user. It has established partnerships and collaborations with various departments for developing low-cost, simple and easy to use solutions.

Capacity building and support is extended in terms of absorbing the database, to understand and make it usable in an informative manner and to set it as a base. State and functionaries interact and bring specific problems based on multi-purpose geo-spatial databases.

BISAG also attempts to institutionalize the applications of space technology through encouraging and transferring the same to a number of end-users in various Government departments and student communities. BISAG is the designated nodal agency for several national and state level projects including Department of Space, Govt. of India, sponsored NNRMS, IMSD project, Wasteland Mapping, Wetland Mapping, CAPE etc.

what's new

BISAG is the implementing agency for Component D: Integration of Geo-Spatial Information. Under this component, BISAG is responsible for developing a Geo-Spatial Coastal Information System (up to village level) for the Gujarat and thereby aide the process of integrated coastal zone planning and management at various levels.

Kachchh Forest Circle

About Kachchh Forest Circle
Kachchh Forest Circle is a part of the Forest Department, Government of Gujarat. It looks after the forest areas and protected areas of the Kachchh and Patal districts of the State. The Circle is headed by a Chief Conservator of Forests and manages three wings such as Forestry, Social Forestry and Wild Life.
Role of Kachchh Forest Circle
Kachchh Forest Circle is one of the implementing agencies for Component A-1 of ICZM i.e. Restoration, Plantation and Conservation of Mangrove along the coast of Gulf of Kachchh. As the implementing agency for this component, Kachchh Forest Circle is proposed to play an active role in restoration and conservation of mangroves.

  1. • Increase the sensitivity, understanding and acceptance of local communities, Government and coastal industries towards the need to protect, conserve and regenerate mangroves
  2. • Capacity building of coastal communities and staff of Forest Department for community-based mangrove regeneration
  3. • Increase the mangrove cover in coastal areas of Gulf of Kachchh through extensive plantation of mangroves in potential coastal and inland areas.
  4. • Increased livelihood opportunity through plantation and regeneration activities.

 



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QUIZ - Know Our Coast

Which of these is a benefit derived out of a dense mangrove cover along the coast?
Protection for natural calamities such as hurricanes, cyclones, etc.
Prevention of salinity intrusion
Habitat for increase in marine biodiversity
All of the above