The Knowledge, Governance and Policy Division (KGP) would facilitate the overarching requirement in the area of knowledge and skills development in coastal management, taking into account the needs of the research community, stakeholders, policy makers and the society.
The KGP Division would integrate data relevant to coastal management and create a national scientific knowledge base that facilitates improved decision making and policy formulation at the highest government and sectoral levels. The KGP Division would undertake the following major programs:
The KGP would work as a central repository for the dispersed information on the Indian coast. The division would prepare guidelines for the preparation of ICZM plans for State/UT governments including the various strategies to be evolved by the other departments such as for shoreline management. Coastal management requires all the stakeholders to be interconnected at different scales in order to share information, knowledge and data to solve problems and conflicts facing the coastal area and livelihood of the coastal communities. The division would also enable networking at the local, regional, national and global levels. The KGP division will also be active in communicating science at various levels, especially at the local level in the vernacular. Training of trainers and other capacity building programmes will be organized periodically to build a strong and viable system for sustainable coastal management.