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Consultation on the Government Policies on Ports and Harbours and its Impacts on Coastal Ecology, Livelihood Resources and Fishing Communities – 4 May 2009, Pondicherry

Coastal Action Network, in coordination with Pondy Citizens’ Action Network, invite you to a “Consultation on the Government Policies on Ports and Harbours and its Impacts on Coastal Ecology, Livelihood Resources and Fishing Communities” at PMSSS Meeting Hall, No.81, Laporte Street, between Gandhi and Bharati Street, Pondicherry on 4th May 2009 (Monday) at 9.30 a.m.

Important themes to be discussed in this Consultation are:

• State Policies on Ports and Harbours.
• The impacts of the existing Ports and Harbours on the Coastal Ecology, Livelihood Resources and Fishing Communities.
• A presentation of the documentation on the Vizhupuram coast due to the construction of the Pondicherry Port.
• Consolidating the demands and recommendations.
• Evolving action plan.

Important leaders from the fishing communities from Pondicherry and Karaikal, Environmental Activists, members of Coastal Action Network, Citizens’ Action Network, representatives of Panchayat Government and elected body and scientists are expected to participate in this Consultation.

We request you to participate and contribute your valuable ideas. Confirmation of your participation either through phone or in writing is requested.

Looking forward to your participation.

Contact Addresses:

Coastal Action Network (CAN):
Convenor, 11/1A, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsar Street (Backside of Nadar Street), Velippalayam, Nagapattinam – 611 001. Ph: 04365 – 248674, Tele Fax: 04365 248907, e-mail: coastalactionnetwork@rediffmail.com

Co-convenor, No. 10, Thomas Nagar, Little Mount, Saidapet, Chennai – 600 015. Ph : 044–223 53 503, Fax : 044–223 55 905, E-mail – humanrightsfoundation@yahoo.co.in

Pondy Citizen’s Action Network (PondyCAN!): No: 34 Francois Martin Street, Kuruchikuppam, Pondicherry–605012, Ph: 91-413-4210032, Mobile: 9894092933, email: info@pondycan.org http://www.pondycan.org

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Meeting on Restoration of Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu Coastline


A consultation meeting of scientists, technical experts, representatives from Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry administration and NGOs was organized in Auroville (Tamil Nadu) on Saturday, November 3rd, 2007. The meeting was jointly organized by Auroville Coastal-area Development Centre (ACDC) and Pondicherry Citizens Action Network (PondyCAN).


Since the late 1980s the coast along the town of Pondicherry and the neighboring areas of Villupuram district in Tamil Nadu to the north has been eroding. In the last decade, the erosion has worsened and continues to progress northwards. Ten kilometers of the beach has completely disappeared and as the erosion to the north continues, about 30 km of coastline in Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu has been affected.

More recently, the process of erosion has accelerated and many traditional fishing communities have not only lost their livelihoods but also their homes.

Conclusions from the Meeting:

It was unanimously agreed by the experts gathered at the meeting that the cause of the erosion is the fishing harbour that was built at Aryiankuppam in 1989, which interferes with the littoral drift that results in the net movement of 0.5 million cubic meters of sand northwards each year. Badly planned groynes, built to protect rapidly disappearing fishing communities, have accelerated the erosion.

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