Environmental Protection Awareness

Environmental Protection Awareness

The Indian coastline supports almost 30% of its human population being dependent on the rich exploitable coastal and marine resources. The Bay of Bengal and the Arabian sea continue to be a rich fishing ground in the South Asian region and India contributes to be the 7th largest marine fishing nation in the world. The Indian coastline also supports the World's largest mangrove in Sundarban and the rich coral formations of Andaman Nicobar, Lakshadweep, Gulf of Kuthch and Gulf of Mannar.

The off shore river basins along the east coast on India are the repository of natural gas and oil. The Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal continue to be the major maritime route for Sea trade in the South Asian Region.

While for the terrestrial ecosystem, there has been the Forest Conservation Policy, Protected Area network and Biodiversity Conservation Action Plan, for the marine environment the conservation management focus has not yet been significant. Keeping this in view the Ministry of Environment & Forests is proposing to organize a "National Seminar on Conservation and Management of Marine Biodiversity", wherein all stakeholder agencies, intelligentsia, Govt. and non governmental organizations, universities and also the marine conservation management agencies of the neighbouring countries of the Indian Ocean region will participate to develop a pragmatic and workable Marine Conservation Action Plan for India.

The Ministry of Surface transport, Agriculture, Environment and Forest, Science and Technology, Commerce and Department of Ocean Development are the very stakeholders in the marine environments of India.

India is also a signatory to various International instruments and conventions related to the marine environment, notable of which are the UNCLOS, IWC, CBD, CMS, Tuna Commission, International Oceanographic Commission, Antarctica treaty etc. and therefore, has an obligation to develop proper conservation and management of the marine habitat and its management.

Visit the Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre on "Wildlife and Protected Areas" at WII also publishes a bi-annual bulletin on different conservation themes for dissemination of scientific information to a large number of users.

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Cruises Packages In India

CruiseLines India explores the market for CruiseLines travel in India. It would have a detailed list of the CruiseLine Operators, their Ships, Facilities, Travel Packages, Schedules, Destinations, Port Details and much more to interest the travelers and operators around the world. 

Capture the spirit of adventure, fun and mysticism by visiting India on a Cruise Line.

The geographical position, beautiful coastline and the exotic beaches of India makes her a popular destination for Cruisers. It is no surprise that the early voyages by Vasco da Gama, the famous Portuguese sea-farer and explorer set sail from Lisbon and finally landed at Calicut, malabar coast 500 years back. 

Lakshadweep Cruises

The spell bound expanse of emerald isles, Lakshadweep, studded in the blue water of the Arabian Sea unfolds another world in itself.

Five of the inhabited islands (Agatti, Kadmat, Minicoy, Kavaratti and Kalpeni) are open mostly to Indian tourists and Bangaram, an uninhabited island, is open to both domestic and foreign tourists.

Water sports facilities like swimming, Rafting, snorkeling, windsurfing, parasailing, water skiing, catamaran sailing, deep sea fishing and scuba diving are available in the islands.

Bangaram Island

The world's 10 best secret beaches (Sunday Times Travel Magazine Feb 8th 2004) that is just an hours’ flight from Kerala’s cultural capital of Cochin. This teardrop shaped piece of land is encircled by creamy sand. For a perfect outing, there are three uninhabited islands in the same atoll, Tinnakara, Parali-I and Parali-II. The deep, warm, clear waters of Indian Ocean with its myriad flora and fauna are an irresistible invitation to the scuba diving fraternity of the world.

The exquisite coral formation including the black coral formations, the variety and number of coral fishes - the angel, the clown, the butterfly, the surgeon not to mention awesome -looking but harmless sharks, mantarays, sting rays moray eels and turtles make diving at Bangaram an addictive experience.

Agatti Island

The Gateway of Lakshadweep, Agatti Island is Located 459 kms. from Cochin. Agatti and its satellite islands of Bangaram, Tinnakkara, Parali-I & Parali-II presents a breathtaking spectacle of sparkling coral reefs, turquoise blue lagoons, silvery beaches and lush green coconut palms that sway to the rhythm of the sea.

Agatti is the only island with an airport. The sea around the island offers excellent scope for water sports and fishing. Coral growths and multi coloured coral fishes are abound in its lagoons.

Andaman Nicobar Packages

Andaman & Nicobar, the Emerald Islands, consisting of two island group lies east of the mainland between the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. Its southernmost island is only 200 km (120 mi) from the northern tip of the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

The untouched and pristine marine life, corals, crystal clear water, mangrove - forests and birds offer a dream view of the rare gifts of nature. The capital is Port Blair on Andaman Islands.

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