On 1st February 2019 Dept. of Environment & Forests, Minicoy Unit got established at new independent private building at south pandaram within the radius of 1.7 KM of the Deputy Collector Office Minicoy.

Department function with 13 technical staffs and 34 Safai Karmachari in which 1 staff is permanent and remaining 46 staffs on contractual. Department roles include co-ordination and overseeing the implementation of India’s environmental and forestry policies, schemes, programmes, information on projects and rules and regulation related to pollution, environmental protection, and wildlife etc to improve the quality of the environment in the island. As well as coordinating with local government, statutory bodies and research agencies on matters and facilities relating to the protection of the environment and the conservation of natural resource of the island

Aim and Objectives:

  • Department of Environment & Forest unit Minicoy was established in the Year 2017 .
  • Protect Marine Wildlife and also to protect the fragile Environment of Lakshadweep.
  • Conducts seminars, campaign, exhibitions & competitions to schools, general public, NGO’s SHG etc for boosting up scientific temper, environment awareness and attitude among the people.
  • The Department enforces laws against marine Wildlife offenders.
  • Social Forestry Scheme.
  • Coral Reef Monitoring Programme.
  • Collection, Segregation and Transportation of NBD resource materials to mainland.
  • Protection and Surveillance in the Minicoy Forest Range.
  • Lagoon and beach cleaning.
  • Awareness to local public regarding Environmental issues.
  • Sanitation and cleaning works on roadside.


  • Transported around 54.5 Tones of NBD resource materials to mainland.
  • Filled the vacant posts of Safai Workers.
  • Recruited Marine Wildlife Protection Force Watchers.
  • Implementing all the Schemes as per the direction of Head Office.
  • Conducted Swatch Lakshadweep Utsav-2020.


1. Forester 1
2. Forest Guard 2
3. Field Man 1
Contract Staff Details
1. Lakshadweep Marine Wildlife Protection Force Watchers 10
2. Environment Assistant 1
3. Office Assistant 1
4. Office Attendant 1
5. Coral Monitoring Staff 4
6. Safai Supervisor 1
7. Safai Assessor 7
8. Safai Karmachari 56
Vacant Posts
1. Environment Assistant 1
2. Safai Karmachari 3


  • Incinerator – (Under Construction) Aim to “Zero Waste Minicoy” Incorporating the
  • principles of pollution control.
  • Swachh Bharat Mission - Aim to fulfill the dream of Clean India
  • Swachh Lakshadweep Abhiyan - Aim to make island Open Defecation Free
  • Long Term Coral Reef Monitoring Programme Lakshadweep (ZSI-MBRC Chennai) - Aim to conserve and protect coral reef and its ecosystem for the sustainable use.


Department conduct seminars, campaign, exposure tours, exhibitions & competitions to schools, general public, NGOs, self help groups etc for boosting up scientific temper, environment awareness and attitude among the people

Departmental Schemes:

  • Sanitation Health & Hygiene
  • Collection and disposal of non bio-degradable waste
  • Beach & Lagoon Cleaning
  • Seashore & Road Side Plantation


  • Celebrations On National & International Important Days
  • These days are celebrated International and Nationwide to create awareness to the youth, women and public by various methods to spread the message of healthy and pollution free environment practices, nature conservation and also prevail relation between the nature and wildlife for human survival.
  1. World Earth Day - April 22
  2. International Bio- Diversity Day - May 22
  3. World Environment Day - June 5
  4. International Ozone Day - September 16
  5. National Wildlife Week - October 2 to October 8
  6. World Environment Month - November 18 to December 18
  • Scientists Movements
  • Environment Clearance for shop owners
  • Natural Effects
  • Vanmahothsav
  • Jal Sakhthi
  • Swachhtha Hi Seva
  • General Cleaning

Ecosystem Islands Depends On :

  • Land
  • Lagoon
  • Coral Reef
  • Bar Area
  • Mangroves
  • Salt Marsh
  • Mash Land

Central and State Rules

  • Environment Protection Act, 1986
  • Wild life (Protection) Act, 1972
  • Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 as
  • The Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Rules, 1975
  • The Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Cess Act, 1977
  • The Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Cess Rules,1978
  • Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 as amended in 1987
  • The Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Rules, 1982
  • Coastal Regulation Rules, 1991.
  • Lakshadweep Sanitation Conservancy Bye Law, 1998 under Panchayat Regulation Act, 1994.
  • Lakshadweep Corals Protection Bye Law, 1998 under Panchayat Regulation Act, 1994


Pressure and Challenges

  • Discharge of Wastes
  • Pollution due to Oil Spills
  • Sewage
  • Dredging
  • Illegal Collection of Sand/Boulders
  • Over Exploitation of Ground Water
  • Loss of Natural Vegetation
  • Population Rise
  • Housing development
  • Climate Change
  • Deep Sea fishing

Recommondation :

  • Afforestation
  • Agro forestry models, home gardens
  • Recommendation for medicinal plants
  • Coral research center
  • Documentation & listing of bio-resources
  • Protection & conservation
  • Monitoring & preventive measures
  • Waste control (recycling unit)
  • Shore protection
Contact Details: SHANAVAS B.M
Minicoy, U.T of Lakshadweep