Protecting Coral Reef: Legal Perspective in India
Panda, WWF India Newsletter, pp. 5-6, December 2005
3 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2008
Known as the 'Tropical Rainforests of the Deep', coral reefs form one of the most beautiful and complex ecosystems of India. The total coral reef area in India is approximately 2375 sq km. The major reef formations in India are restricted to the Andaman, Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands, the Gulf of Mannar and the Gulf of Kutch. However, this beautiful ecosystem faces threats mostly from human activities or secondary effects of human activities such as pollution, sedimentation and climate change. Yet we have not been able to protect this ecosystem adequately. Initiatives have been taken both at national and international level, but the legal regime in India still has a long way to go.
This paper examines the legal and policy space available within the Environmental and wildlife regime of India for protection of corals.
Keywords: coral reef, corals, environmental law, marine biodiversity
JEL Classification: K32, N55
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