Delineation of the outer limits of the Extended Continental Shelf


Under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, every coastal Nation has sovereign rights to a continental shelf up to 200 nautical miles from its coastal baselines, (or out to a maritime boundary with an adjacent or opposite coastal State). This limit has now been extended up to 350 nautical miles, if certain criteria are met. A major multi-institutional national programme of collecting, processing, analyzing and documenting the requisite scientific and technical information for delineating the outer limits of the continental shelf in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal including the western offshore areas of the Andaman-Nicobar Islands has been completed.

The first partial submission for an extended continental shelf (~ 0.6 million sq km) under the provision of article 76 was made to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf on the 11th May 2009. On the 16 August 2010, a six-member delegation led by Secretary, MoES made a formal presentation of India’s submission before the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf at the UN Headquarters, New York. A second partial submission for another part of the extended shelf (~ 0.6 million sq km), under the provisions of the Statement of Understanding, has also been finalized and provided to the MEA for filing before the CLCS.

A National Marine Geophysical Data Centre has been established with state-of-the-art archival and retrieval facilities of the geoscientific data in a structured database. This datacenter won the 2010 Computer Society of India-Nihilent e-Governance Award under Project - G2G Category.

Last Updated On 05/14/2014 - 16:51
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