IND-BD Mainstreaming Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Conservation into Production Sectors in the Godavari River Estuary in Andhra Pradesh State

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status


Implementing period

From June 8, 2011 to December 24, 2020

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 15.1 Conserve, restore, sustainably use terrestrial, freshwater ecosystems
  2. 15.6 Promote fair, equitable benefits sharing
  3. 15.9 Integrate ecosystem values into national planning

Project ID: 4257

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Ecosystem management and restoration
  • Mainstreaming biodiversity


  • Ecosystem-based mitigation
  • Agrobiodiversity
  • Ecosystem-based adaptation


  • FreshWaters


  • Rivers and river basins
  • Estuaries

Transformed sector(s)

  • Aquaculture

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance


  • Governance
  • Management operation
  • Enabling


  • Institutional framework
  • Participatory governance models
  • Partnerships
  • Integrated coastal zone management
  • Conserved areas/ protected areas management
  • Mainstream

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs

Gender equality

  • Women's access to and control over resources
  • Livelihoods for women
  • Women's cooperatives and groups

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation
  • Reduce exposure

SDG target(s)

  • 15.1 Conserve, restore, sustainably use terrestrial, freshwater ecosystems
  • 15.6 Promote fair, equitable benefits sharing
  • 15.9 Integrate ecosystem values into national planning

Conventions and protocols

  • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs)

Private sector(s)

  • Large corporations
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises

Hot topic

  • Poverty reduction
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

About this project


The proposed project in the Godavari River Estuary is in line with IndiaÔÇÖs priorities for coastal and marine ecosystem management as articulated in the National Environment Policy (2006) and the draft National Biodiversity Action Plan. The Government of India has identified the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary located within the proposed site as a priority coastal and marine ecosystem for conservation. The Coringa mangrove ecosystem has been identified as 1 of 11 ecologically and economically critical habitats along the west and east coasts of India by the Department of Ocean Development (DOD), the designated national nodal agency dealing with Oceans and Seas under Agenda 21 (Chapter 17). Under its Integrated Coastal and Marine Area Management (ICMAM) programme, DOD has prepared a Model Plan for the Coringa mangroves, with a series of suggestions. The proposed project, which covers a larger landscape and seascape, is closely aligned with these efforts of DOD. Further, it will serve as a major input to the national integrated coastal zone management programme that is being developed in response to the recommendations of the Expert (M. S. Swaminathan) Committee set up by Government of India to review the CRZ Notification and its implementation. In addition, by focusing on sustainable livelihoods of poor communities in the Godavari River Estuary, the project supports State government objectives on promoting human development among poor communities.


To mainstream coastal and marine biodiversity conservation into production sectors in the East Godavari River Estuarine Ecosystem (EGREE).

USD $6,123,636

Grant amount

USD $18,100,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($6,123,636)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF)

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