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Lessons Learned Workshop Pondicherry

20-Mar-2007

After a full day of field visits to community-based restoration projects along the Tamil Nadu coast, three days of intensive and inspiring presentations, plenary and subgroup discussions followed. M...

After a full day of field visits to community-based restoration projects along the Tamil Nadu coast, three days of intensive and inspiring presentations, plenary and subgroup discussions followed.

Most important conclusion drawn by the participants was that Green Coast has been successful in supporting and rehabilitating livelihoods of tsunami affected people and the restoration of their natural resource base. Green Coast has proven to be an effective approach to involve local communities, strengthen local capacities and generate long lasting impacts.

Another conclusion was the urgency to extend and upscale the successful restoration projects and continue with the Green Coast integrated approach. Now that the emergency phase is over, partners recommend that Green Coast transforms into an integrated coastal zone management program in the Indian Ocean. Partners expressed their wish to continue with the core partnership of WI, WWF, IUCN and Both ENDS, as this has provided much added value.

In a follow up program, the achievements of Phase 1 – resilience of ecosystems and communities – will be consolidated. The most successful projects will be up scaled into demonstration sites, to show sustainable coastal management solutions in an integrated way. And, as some tsunami affected coastal areas, especially Aceh, are prone to large scale infrastructural developments and (re)construction, priority will be to focus on the ‘drivers’ of threats to environmental security in coastal zones. For this, a strong regional focus should be brought in to target regional investors and policy makers. 

Last but not least, the partners wish to market the Green Coast concept to relief and development organizations as a model to resolve conflicts between people and nature in coastal areas.

Thanks to further funding by Oxfam Novib, a.o. through Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) funds in the UK, Green Coast Phase 2 will be implemented in Aceh in 2007 & 2008. Green Coast in India and Sri Lanka has been extended until December 2007. In June 2007 a Green Coast brochure will be published, illustrating the Green Coast approach and its achievements.

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