Awareness workshop on CRZ Notification 2011 in Kachchh district
An awareness workshop was organized in Bhuj, Kachchh on October 30, 2013 for the members of district level coastal zone management authority. The workshop began with an introduction and welcome speech by the Additional District Collector, Mr. D. B. Shah, in which he emphasised on the importance of coastal zone management and the significant role that Kachchh plays in maritime sector of the state.
The workshop was attended by over 60 district and block level officials of various departments. A presentation on CRZ Notification 2011 and its provisions was done by Sr. Manager Project, GEC. The workshop provided an opportunity for the officials to know more about coastal zone management and provisions under CRZ notification. All the participants have been given a copy of reference material, which includes Gazette on CRZ notification 2011 (English & Gujarati), FAQs on CRZ Notification 2011, Quick Reference on CRZ Notification, presentation on CRZ Notification 2011 and integrated coastal zone management. Images
Strengthening knowledge and skills of coastal villagers to combat disasters
The changing environment and climate has made natural disasters a common place in world over. Technology and human wisdom is put to test when disaster strikes. Due to its proximity to the Arabian Sea and the geological formation, villages of the Gulf of Kachchh have had faced the fury of nature several times in the past. Lack of knowledge about disaster management has resulted in heavy loss of human and cattle lives as well as of property. Therefore, Gujarat Ecology Commission (GEC) developed a specific training module on disaster management under the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Project to create awareness among the youth of coastal villages. Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA) was roped in for technical expertise.
The trainings, which began on September 23, 2013 built the capacity of 950 villagers of three districts, such as Kachchh, Rajkot and Jamnagar in a span of one month. The sessions were carefully planned to cater to the needs of the villagers and was delivered by experts from GSDMA. The one-day training programme primarily focussed on disaster management, first aid, search and rescue. In the beginning, participants were given an overview about various types of disaster like man-made and natural. The session on search and rescue training emphasized on building collapse, drowning, flood rescue, earthquake and cyclone rescue etc. With the help of power point presentations and live demonstrations, the participants were made aware about first aid and emergency rescue method. Images
Feedback from participants
“From this training our capacity is built to face natural disasters and it will help me and my family members ’’ Sarojben Vasoya, Eco-development Committee Member, Khijadiya, Jamnagar
“After the training, I have gained knowledge on natural as well as man-made disasters. It also helped in learning the steps of first aid & emergency rescue methods’’ Falgunbhai Ahir, Tuna village, Kachchh
Project review of ICZM Gujarat along with PEAs
All the PEAs of ICZM project were called by the SPMU, Gujarat to review physical and financial progress of project activities. The review meeting was organized on October 11, 2013 at GEC, which was attended by nodal officers of Gujarat Ecology Commission, Gujarat Pollution Control Board, Jamnagar Municipal Corporation, GEER Foundation, Marine National Park, BISAG and Kachchh Forest Circle. The review meeting looked in to the challenges faced by the PEAs on implementing the project and have proposed appropriate actions to be taken to avoid delay. More importantly, the meeting proved fruitful in resolving issues pertaining to procurement as well as project activities. Images