A Case Study of India’s Policy and Legal Regimes on Ocean Governance

Authored by: Tony George Puthucherril

Routledge Handbook of National and Regional Ocean Policies

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138788299
eBook ISBN: 9781315765648
Adobe ISBN: 9781317658061

10.4324/9781315765648.ch17

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Abstract

India is the seventh largest country in the world and the second largest nation in Asia, with an area of 3,287,263 km2. Bordered by Pakistan to the northwest, China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north, and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east, the country is home to more than 1 billion people, nearly 16 per cent of the world’s population. Physically, the land mass can be divided into four relatively well-defined regions: the Himalayan mountains; the Gangetic river plains; the Deccan plateau; and the islands of Lakshadweep and the Andaman and Nicobar. This makes India one of the twelve mega-biodiversity countries, housing four of the global biodiversity hotspots.

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