DHAMRA PORT PROJECT, ORISSA, INDIA
In July 2006, Aban Marker Kabraji, IUCN Regional Director for Asia met Mr. Ratan Tata,
Chairman of the TATA Sons in Mumbai to discuss various aspects of environment and corporate
social responsibility for TATA’s operations. This also included the conservation of turtles in view
of the impending development of Dhamra Port in Orissa State, on the east coast of India. The
project is to be implemented by the Dhamra Port Company Limited (DPCL) as a joint venture
between L&T and Tata Steel. The ensuing communication exchanges between IUCN and TATA
Steel led to an agreement between DPCL and IUCN for the latter to undertake a mission for
scoping out the issues that could be followed by the setting up of an independent scientific review
panel (or some other intervention) organized by IUCN, should the two organizations so agree.
Accordingly, the objectives of the Scoping Mission, undertaken during Nov 29 – Dec 02, 2006
a. Develop an understanding of the Dhamra port project and its implications for the
environment in general and for the conservation of turtles in particular;
b. Develop an understanding of the debate and efforts undertaken thus far between the
NGOs, DPCL and the Government, and establish a list of key outstanding issues that
remain to be addressed;
c. Establish the need and expectations of key stakeholders, in particular DPCL, as to the
potential IUCN intervention and support;
d. Clarify with DPCL the conditions, requirements and schedule for potential follow up
work (should such a follow up be agreed between IUCN and DPCL); and,
e. Establish the scope for the agreed follow up.
2. Mission Composition
The mission comprised of Mr. Mohammad Rafiq, Head Business and Biodiversity Program,
IUCN HQ, Gland, Switzerland; Dr. T.P Singh, Program Coordinator, Ecosystems and
Livelihood, IUCN Regional Office for Asia, Bangkok, Thailand; and Dr.... [continues]
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