Environment & Energy Report

India’s Relaxed Coastal Protections Rattle Environmentalists

Jan. 30, 2019, 11:31 PM

A change to India’s coastal policies meant to boost local economies could spell disaster for the communities whose livelihood depends on healthy marine ecosystems, according to several groups.

Under the Coastal Regulation Zone, densely populated areas along India’s coasts can be industrialized beyond 50 meters (164 feet) from the high-tide line, from a previous threshold of 200 meters.

Temporary tourism infrastructure such as shacks and mobile toilets also will be allowed in areas where any form of development was previously forbidden.

According to the government, the Jan. 18 measure follows the “conservation principles of coastal...

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