January 2009

Conservation benefit: Establishment of a 500-acre marine protected area for 10 years

Community benefit: Construction of an environmental education center

The Lakshadweep Archipelago lies in the Arabian Sea at a distance of 155 to 280 miles from the west coast of India. Lakshadweep is considered the smallest Union Territory of India with a population of approximately 60,000 people inhabiting 11 of the 36 islands. Karavatti is the capital and the most centrally located island in the archipelago, with a land area of approximately 4.22 square kilometers and a permanent population of about 10,000.

The reefs and lagoons of Kavaratti are under severe anthropogenic threats, namely increased lagoon fishing, waste release to lagoons, and increasing tourism. Lakshadweep Marine Research and Conservation Centre (LMRCC) is a local organization committed to conservation and sustainable development of Lakshadweep’s coral reef ecosystems.

LMRCC has requested support from Seacology to construct an environmental education center. In exchange, the local community will set aside 500 acres of Kayaratti Lagoon as a marine reserve, where marine species will be protected for a minimum of 10 years.

Project Updates
January 2011
Vineeta Hoon reports there was a delay in setting up the interior of the education centre since Lakshadweep Marine Research and Conservation Centre (LMRCC) staff wanted to see how the building...
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April 2010
Field representative Vineeta Hoon reports that the construction of the conservation education centre has been completed and electric connection has been obtained. Furniture has also been...
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December 2009
Field representative Samit Sawhny reports that construction is going on at a rapid pace and the building will likely be completed in January for the Seacology visit to Lakshadweep. Construction of...
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September 2009
The land for the center was purchased during the first week of August 2009. Additionally, as of September 2009 the land has been cleared and the building foundation has been laid. Materials for...
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June 2009
As of May 2009 field representative Samit Sawhny reports that the land purchase for the center will be completed by September 2009, as they are already in discussion with some land owners about...
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