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Center for Sustainable Conservation Action & Protection
of Ecosystems of our Seas (C-SCAPES)

Strengthening nature-based economies along India's coastline © Nisha D'Souza

C-SCAPES safeguards marine & coastal biodiversity and local nature-based economies © Nisha D'Souza

Background 

Addressing threats to our coastal ecosystems requires collective vision, action, and commitment. Celebrating 150 years of the Tata Group, Tata Chemicals Pvt. Ltd., through its social arm, TCSRD, created the C-SCAPES (Centre for Sustainable Action & Protection of Ecosystems of the Seas) initiative, envisioning 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. Ongoing projects include:

  1. Restoration of abandoned salt pans into wetland bird habitat in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu (with BNHS, Bombay Natural History Society)

  2. Community-led coral reef conservation in the Lakshadweep islands (with SCF, Shrusti Conservation Foundation)

  3. Conservation and sustainable management of coastal ecosystems for increased resilience to climate change in Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu, and Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh (with MSSRF, , M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation)

  4. Whale shark conservation in Gujarat (with WTI, Wildlife Trust of India)

  5. Coral reef restoration along the Mithapur coastline, Gujarat (with WTI, Wildlife Trust of India)

Consultancy Services Provided

Programme Strategy Design; Programme Coordination; Impact Monitoring & Verification 


We coordinate the C-SCAPES initiative (which is housed under TCSRD). This involves facilitating new collaborations between C-SCAPES, local communities, conservation organisations, private sector and relevant partners, ​supporting all necessary due diligence activities (risk assessment, implementation models, etc.) to ensure C-SCAPES investment, designing project strategies (including activity plans, work schedules, budgets, deliverables, sustainability and exit strategies), implementing monitoring and impact verification systems, providing technical support, and reporting to TCSRD and the C-SCAPES Advisory Council.

Some of our work will now focus on understanding and quantifying the climate action potential of project opportunities to generate carbon credits following internationally accredited carbon standards and methodologies.

Outcomes

Our efforts are revealing and establishing new pathways for protection and governance of our coastal biodiversity, equitable uses and benefits of coastal resources, and strengthened resilience and well-being of people along India’s coastline.