Collector of Villupram Brajendra Navnit called for adopting a balanced approach while providing any solution to problems of erosion.
The meeting was jointly held by the Auroville Coastal area Development Center (ACDC) the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Pondicherry Citizens Action Network.
Prashant Hedao, planning coordination, Auroville Coastal-area Development Centre stressed the need to understand issues such as the natural processes in the sea and land, the socio economic forces including population dynamics, land use changes and livelihood issues before embarking upon coastal management programmes.
Auroville Foundation Secretary M. Ramaswamy, in his introductory remarks, said the focus of the meeting was to bring out long-term solutions to the problems of erosion and establish an effective mechanism to coordinate the implementation of these solutions.
Chief Engineer, Public Works Department, Tamil Nadu, Govindarajan, said Governments must ensure free flow of funds for coastal management projects.
Dr. Tarapore of DHI-India; Chief Engineer, PWD, Puducherry, C. Anandane; M.D. Kudale, Chief Research Officer, Central Water and Power Research Station; John Jacob Puthur, Naval Hydrographer; and Aurofilio Schiavina, Coastal zone consultant, presented papers on relevant topics.