The Tsunami of 26 December, 2004 was a grim reminder of the need to ensure the protection of coastal and island ecosystems, which are vulnerable to the impacts of the tsunami. To recover from the devastation that the tsunami caused, a number of post tsunami development plans were formulated. As the islands of Andaman and Nicobar were already popular island destinations, tourism formed a part of the recovery plan as well.
This study was undertaken in the context of the Tsunami of 26 December 2004 which was a grim reminder of the need to ensure the protection of coastal and island ecosystems and its people. The first section contextualises the impact of the tsunami by describing the role and function of coastal and marine ecosystems in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The second section addresses how ongoing and planned reconstruction, rehabilitation and development activities need to be managed and analyses legal and policy framework for coastal conservation and regulation. The third section lists the loss to life and property for districts as well as specific sites. The fourth section examines tourism development plans and tourism impacts. The final section offers specific recommendations that emerge from the study.

Geographies
India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands