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Beach Environment & Aesthetics Management Services (BEAMS)

GS Paper 3

Topics Covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.

 

Context:

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in its pursuit of “Sustainable Development” of the coastal regions of India embarked upon a highly acclaimed & flagship program Beach Environment & Aesthetics Management Services (BEAMS).

 

What is it?

  • BEAMS is one of the initiatives under Integrated coastal zone management’ (ICZM) approach that the MoEF&CC has undertaken for the sustainable development of coastal regions of India.
  • The prime objective of ICZM approach is to protect and conserve the pristine coastal and marine ecosystems through holistic management of the resources.

 

The objective of BEAMS program is:

  1. To abate pollution in coastal waters,
  2. Promote sustainable development of beach facilities,
  3. Protect & conserve coastal ecosystems & natural resources, and
  4. Seriously challenge local authorities & stakeholders to strive and maintain high standards of cleanliness,
  5. Hygiene & safety for beachgoers in accordance with coastal environment & regulations.

 

What is ICZM Project?

Integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) aims to improve livelihood of coastal communities and conserve the coastal ecosystem.

  • It is a World Bank assisted project.
  • The National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM), Chennai, will provide scientific and technical inputs.
  • The concept of ICZM was born in 1992 during the Earth Summit of Rio de Janeiro.

Sources: PIB.