The goal of the IIM is to help ensure the future socio-ecological sustainability of the Indian islands, Andaman and Nicobar and the Lakshadweep by preparing an Integrated Island Management Plan. The IIM would undertake scientific approaches, coupled with indigenous knowledge for the better management of the islands and its resources. The IIM would consider the indigenous governance structures and knowledge - particularly in tribal dominated islands. The islands being pristine areas, this division would undertake long-term historical analysis including monitoring of the oscillations of crucial environmental variables.
The IIM would develop guidelines for hazard preparedness and evolve climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies for the Islands. Some of the major goals are to develop integrated island management / green island economy concept and to explore, in conjunction with island populations, ecotourism development as a particular option. The IIM would provide tools for mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management based on experiences from selected island countries worldwide. The IIM division would undertake specific research to enhance the resilience of the island communities; will help in building regional capacity in risk management, and prepare long-term guidelines for integrated coastal management plans.