The Ministry of Environment,Forests and Climate Change recognized that the issues related to the coast are too diverse and complex to be addressed by one research organization and hence there is a need to strengthen the capacity of regional universities and research units along the coast so as to be the research partners of NCSCM, Chennai. The idea is novel and NCSCM is the first central research organization to have such a focused collaboration with regional universities.
Fourteen institutions have formed a consortium with the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, Anna University Chennai and signed the Anna University declaration on 21st June 2010 to that effect. The salient features of the Declaration are:
Preparing immediate preventive and remedial action, wherever possible, using existing knowledge, resources, plans and processes for conservation and protection of the coastal environment and safeguarding the livelihood of local communities who depend upon the resources from the coastal and marine areas.
Promoting access and undertaking high quality targeted research in the area of coastal and marine area management and facilitating transfer of technology and information
Collecting, compiling and disseminating information in the area of coastal and marine environment management through networking among States/ Institutions.
Encouraging cooperative and collaborative action and partnerships, among governmental institutions and organizations, communities, the private sector and non-governmental organizations which have relevant responsibilities and/or experience;
Assisting institutional strengthening and human resources development for capacity building in ICZM.
NCSCM has put in place a road map for strengthening and expanding the existing NCSCM consortium, stakeholder network and prioritizing the community interface. NCSCM supports its partner consortium institutes by strengthening their core area of research, and building capacities on the core research mandates of the NCSCM. Such networks and partnerships will formalize multidisciplinary interactions in order to effectively address key coastal research problems. Research proposals are being prepared by the CIs jointly with the scientists of NCSCM in order to address the coastal issues through systematic research.