Appreciating the outcome of the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Phase-I activities in Odisha, the World Bank has offered its support for extension of the project in the state.
A three-member expert team of the World Bank under the leadership of Paula Caballero, Senior Director Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, expressed its satisfaction over implementation of the Phase-I of the ICZMP in the state, an official release issued by the Chief Secretary’s office said.
“Caballero said the outcomes of the ICZM interventions taken up during Phase-I in Odisha has been quite impressive and encouraging. She offered to extend further World Bank support for the interventions like capacity building, scientific management of fishery resources, eco-management in coastal industrial sites like Paradip,” the release said.
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Odisha Chief Secretary A P Padhi said the state would like to have World Bank support in development of infrastructure for fishery, eco-tourism and livelihood promotion activities.
He said the best practices developed during Phase-I interventions should be replicated and scaled up during Phase-II of the project.
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Odisha was among the three states like Gujarat and West Bengal, which were implementing the ICZMP project. In the performance outcome of World Bank so far, Odisha was the leading state. Coastal Zone Management Society of Odisha has been formed under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary for monitoring the implementation of the project.
In Phase-I, near about 180 km of coastal area has been covered. The state government has proposed to extend the project to another 300 km of coastal zone in the second phase.
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The Phase-II proposal has been submitted to the Centre.
Senior officers present in the meeting also raised concerns about delay in release of funds from the Centre for implantation of Phase-I activities.