A Master Class Workshop was organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, under their Leaders for Nature program, along with Mangroves for Future program, to address cumulative and regional Landscape and Seascape issues in the West Coast of India, to be able to integrate Govt., private sector and conservation experts to plan and manage various dimensions in harmonizing conservation and development goals in long run, on November 28th 2016. The workshop was hosted by Aditya Birla Group at Mayfair Banquets, Mumbai.
The workshop highlighted on the status and need for restoration and conservation of biodiversity in the West Coast of India. Mr. N. Vasudevan, Chief Conservator of Forest, Mangrove Cell, Government of Maharashtra, shared about the work done by this especially dedicated body in Mumbai, towards conservation and protection of Mangroves. Speakers from various corporate organizations such as ACC, Wipro, Godrej and TATA Steels detailed about their work and dedication towards environment and sustainability issues. The organizers suggested that a public private partnership approach is important for on-ground implementation to foster understanding and take cumulative action. An open discussion about some ways, methods and benefits to take an intial step towards a similar approach gathered the participant’s interest. Suggestions regarding the stakeholders and suitable approaches came forward.
The workshop concluded with the hope to engage more partnerships among different stakeholder groups, to address the loss of Biodiversity and foster conservation efforts in the West Coast of India.