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  Project Name


nicobar tsunami relief



Andaman Nicobar Environment Team









Andaman & Nicobar Islands

  Budget Approved


$ 5000


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators













The Andaman and Nicobar Environmental Team (ANET) is a division of the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust / Centre for Herpetology, and is based in Wandoor, in South Andaman Island. ANET has had a presence in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands since 1977, facilitating the study and conservation of the unique biodiversity of the ecologically rich and fragile Islands and its people.

ANET has conducted a variety of original biological research programmes—which include surveys of sea turtles and crocodiles, planning protected area management, land use implications and the impact of introduced mammal species. In the recent past, ANET has also focussed upon studying human ecology in the Nicobar Islands. Its education programme teaches the Islanders about their fragile island ecosystem, and the dangers of putting increased pressure on its resources. The team trains local teachers, school children, settlers, people from the armed forces and naturalists so that they can join the conservation movement.

With its many connections in the Islands, ANET was able to respond immediately to the earthquake and the Tsunami that devastated the Nicobar Islands on 26 December 2004. The initial response included providing immediate relief to persons evacuated to Port Blair and to those remaining on the islands. ANET has now begun to draw on its expert knowledge of the Islands to plan for the rehabilitation process.










Immediate relief efforts: 1. Forming a team with local volunteers to oversee relief work at Port Blair and coordinating relief efforts and volunteers in the Nicobars. 2. This team will work in close co-operation with the local administration and the defence forces for smooth functioning and quick action. 3. Assessing needs on a day to day basis and distributing the relief on a need basis.



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