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 About the Institute:

CSIR-NIO is one of the 38 constituent laboratories of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), an autonomous Society funded by the Government of India. CSIR-NIO was established on 1st January 1966 following the International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE) that was conducted from 1959-1965. Over the years CSIR-NIO has emerged as one of the Premiere institutes in the country as well as worldwide dedicated to studies of the marine environment in general and Indian Ocean in particular. The major research areas include the four traditional branches of oceanography-physics, chemistry, biology, geology and geophysics, besides ocean engineering, marine instrumentation and archaeology. It is headquartered at Dona Paula, Goa, with regional centers at Mumbai, Kochi and Visakhapatnam.  (For further  details please visit institute's website:

About Mumbai Centre:

 The Mumbai Regional Centre was  established as a modest Liaison Office to support the International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE) in 1966. After shifting from Versova to new premises at Four Bungalows, Andheri (West) in 2001, the centre has developed into a coastal and marine environmental research facility with laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art equipment in major oceanographic areas such as Chemical Oceanography, Phytoplankton, Zooplankton, Benthic ecology, Eco-toxicology, Microbiology, Coral reefs, Molecular taxonomy, Physical oceanography, Remote sensing, and Marine geophysics.

 The Centre’s focus has been on coastal environmental research with emphasis on mitigation measures to counter the adverse impacts of activities in the coastal zone for the coexistence of healthy ecology and development-vital for a developing country. Moreover the core competence of the Centre has been to provide advisories in the areas of assessment of impact on marine environment due to activities in the coastal zone, appropriate management plan to insulate the ecology from perceived impacts, and ecological monitoring to assess the health status of a designate marine zone.

Background & Objectives:

 India is gifted with more than 7500 km length of coastline which is endowed with wide range of ecosystems such as mangroves, coral reefs, sea grasses, salt marshes, mud flats, estuaries, lagoons, harbouring rich and unique biodiversity. Thus coastal region of the country provides vital economic, social, and recreational opportunities for millions of citizens of India. However, increasing pressure of human population and their intensified interventions to the coast have metamorphosed the coastal landscapes and escalated demand on limited coastal resources. There is need to accommodate more people as well as their activities in the coasts and to balance growing demands on coastal resources. It is therefore imperative to develop new policies, institutional capacities, and management approaches to guide the preservation and sustainable utilization of coastal areas while permitting development.

 The objective of this Seminar is to make triangle-meet between scientists, policy makers and stakeholders for sharing knowledge about current status and future challenges on coastal developments and sustainability. The seminar provides opportunities to educate the future generation about the importance of coastal ecosystem and their sustainability.


  •   Coastal developments and ecological impacts.

  •   Assessment of impacts of coastal developments and management strategies.

  •   Legal framework for management of coastal developments.
  •   Need for time series oceanographic observations in coastal region.
  •   Technological advancement in coastal monitoring and surveying.

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