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Capacity Building & Training (CBT)

National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR), Ministry of Earth Sciences is committed towards its capacity building programmes with the objective to increase the coastal stakeholders’ knowledge on coastal zone problems, implications of adaptive and integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) for informed decision making. The training programmes, are offered to stakeholders at different levels of the governance network with the aim to increase the capacity of participants to understand the reality of India’s coastal zone, meet development challenges, evaluate the need for action to prevent or remedy these challenges, as well as to achieve changes in attitude which are necessary for sustainable development and management of the coastal zone.

One of the major requirements in marine sciences and oceanography is the availability of trained manpower to carry out challenging research relating to integrated coastal zone management, coastal ecosystems, coastal hazards etc and the most ideal method of generating manpower is by conducting systematic and organized training programmes on state of art techniques and methods available for sustainable management of the coast. Till date about 80 training programmes have been conducted to the coastal stake holders and a regional network of local knowledge and experience in comprehensive ICZM has been created through participation of the local state governments, NGOs and academia.

Training programme are designed with practical sessions wherein trainees are encouraged to work independently on GIS, image processing software, design field data collection programmes and run numerical models on coastal hazards. Both open source (QGIS, MapWindow) and commercial GIS (ArcGIS) and Image Processing software (ERDAS Imagine & ENVI), are used in the practical sessions. Numerical models such a TUNAMI-N2, Litpack, GNOME, SDAS are included in the practical session based on the need of the programme. Field data collection using GPS and field survey techniques are taught during a one day field trip. The trainee’s area taught about field data collection using GPS, satellite image processing, development of a spatial database in GIS, spatial analysis and interpretations of results for management purpose using case studies specifically designed for each training course.

In order to achieve the above, the following activities were taken up

  • To develop the resources available in coastal States through structured training programmes with an even mix of theory and hand-on sessions for effective management of coastal areas and related issues.
  • Strengthening institutional mechanisms for handling coastal issues related to pollution, hazards, processes and ecosystems through structured training and capacity building programmes.
  • Promoting interaction among coastal stake holders by networking and facilitating exchange of information, experience and expertise.