So that local people can use and understand the laws regulating development and the environment of India’s coast, Namati has created a Coastal Regulation Zones booklet that covers all the information available in the complex official document, but it is presented in a way that ordinary people can understand. The intention is to enrich local people’s existing knowledge of the coastal regulations, while empowering them with tools to protect the coast.
This is achieved using maps to show different zones and sketches to visualise possible scenarios, grouping regulations into different sectors and re-framing the content in order to put the users’ understanding first. The booklet shows all of this in both English and local languages.
A reference card in Tamil is also available, here.