Coordination of the C-SCAPES (Center for Sustainable Conservation Action and Protection of Ecosystems of the Seas) Initiative
CLIENT: Tata Chemicals Society for Rural Development (TCSRD) and Tata Chemicals Ltd. (TCL)
DURATION: July 2019 - present
LOCATION: India (Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Lakshadweep Islands)
Tata Chemicals Ltd., (TCL) through its CSR arm, Tata Chemicals Society for Rural Development (TCSRD), established the Centre for Sustainable Action & Protection of Ecosystems of the Seas (C-SCAPES) initiative in 2018. C-SCAPES enables the conservation and wise-use of marine and coastal biodiversity through local, regional and national actions and collaboration, towards achieving inclusive and sustainable development in India. Projects receiving technical and financial support through the initiative include:
1) Converting abandoned salt pans into wetland habitat for coastal birds in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
Partner: Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS)
2) Establishing community-led coral reef protection and conservation in the Lakshadweep islands
Partner: Srushti Conservation Foundation (SCF)
3) Conserving and sustainably managing mangrove and seagrass ecosystems to increase resilience to climate
change in Cuddalore and Nellore Districts, Andhra Pradesh
Partner: M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF)
4) Conserving whale sharks, and restoring coral reefs along the Mithapur coastline, Gujarat
Partner: Wildlife Trust of India (WTI)
5) Facilitating a Marine Megafauna Stranding Response Network in Gujarat
Partner: Reef Watch Conservation Foundation
SUPPORT PROVIDED BY ECONICHE
Programme management and oversight including project portfolio management; tracking of project impacts against C-SCAPES objectives; supervising the C-SCAPES team; ensuring and managing resource capacity and availability; and administering and tracking of programme budgets and spending.
Development of strategic project proposals including needs-based assessments; theories of change and log frames; activity-based timelines and budgets; impact monitoring, evaluation, and reporting plans; and sustainability strategies beyond project scopes.
Project implementation support and oversight including capacity and skills building; strengthening of partnerships and collaborations; progress reporting; sharing of information and lessons learned; adaptation of proposals and budgets; and fund distribution.
Monitoring, Verification and Reporting (MVR) through on-field visits; stakeholder interviews; remote-sensing approaches and socio-economic and biodiversity surveys, to ensure that action is effective and scales to deliver impacts and outcomes in line with C-SCAPES objectives, and national biodiversity and climate targets.
Maintaining communications between the C-SCAPES team, C-SCAPES Advisory Council, TCSRD Board Members and TCL leadership team.
Representing C-SCAPES in meetings, conferences and workshops.