India and Norway have agreed to conduct a marine special planning exercise- In Lakshadweep and Puducherry: For the next five years, India and Norway have agreed to cooperate on marine spatial planning in the oceanic space. In this regard, the first project steering committee meeting with representatives from both countries was held successfully not long ago, after which the two countries set out a strategy to ensure that human activities at sea are carried out in an effective manner. Across a number of industries Under the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two countries in 2019, this is part of the Indo-Norway Integrated Ocean Initiative. Lakshadweep and Puducherry have been identified as pilot sites for the project.
The two countries have agreed to provide further funding for the sustainable use of ocean resources in coastal areas in order to facilitate economic and social growth. The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) will introduce the Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) initiative for India through the National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR). NCCR will first establish a marine spatial planning system. These locations were chosen for the pilot project because they have unique setups that allow multiple sectors (such as industries, fisheries, and tourism) to thrive. The initial expenditure by the Indian government for the studies and planning is projected to be about INR 8-10 crores per year. In the future, the marine urban planning systems of these two environmentally oriented countries will be merged.
The World Bank and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have also shown interest in assisting MoES in the introduction of MSP, a societal-beneficial initiative for India’s coastal regions.
MoES and the Norwegian Environment Agency will introduce the MSP initiative through Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. NCCR had previously established active coastal management strategies for Chennai, Goa, and the Gulf of Kachchh. Now, the MSP initiative will promote the growth of a variety of economic sectors and stakeholders in a larger number of coastal areas across the world.
One of the ten core dimensions of growth outlined in the Government of India’s vision of New India by 2030 is the blue economy. MSP is generally known as a method for integrated and sustainable ocean management. It is stated in India’s (draught) Blue Economic Policy, which is being established by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.