The marine ecosystem contains rich biodiversity. They are a natural habitat for fishes and other aquatic organisms. Improvement of marine and coastal biodiversity would support coral reefs, and it will accommodate a magnificent ecosystem.
We are working with Dr. R.T. John Suresh and Participatory Learning Action Network and Training on a marine programme in Chennai. The focus is on saving the marine resources from pollution, especially plastic waste, with support of local self-help groups. The programme aims to study the effects of pollution on the marine ecosystem and build awareness among local people about the conservation of marine resources from pollution and plastic waste. Participatory Learning Action Network and Training, in association with colleges, universities and research organisations periodically conduct research studies with students. They choose different research topics for the project work. They help in building understanding among local community members about the significance of conserving marine resources.
We develop educational and learning programmes on marine biodiversity and ecosystem services. In 2016, we worked with GIZ India for designing field-learning material and field-based activities for IFS officer trainees as part of the ‘Training programme on Coastal and Marine Biodiversity and Protected Area Management’ at Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The training programme used a competencies-based curriculum and was conducted using a participatory training approach and innovative learning methods, developed by GIZ India in association with Earthwatch Institute India.