Policy Research

Partnership with the Tamil Nadu Forest Department

Care Earth Trust is privileged to be a part of some of the ongoing activities / initiatives of the Tamil Nadu Forest Department – especially in providing support for initiatives on Wetland Conservation and Invasive Alien Species

Deciphering Land Use Land Cover Change in the Western Districts of Tamil Nadu
Duration: 2013-15

Funding Agency: Tamil Nadu State Land Use Research Board (TNSLURB), State Planning Commission, Government of Tamil Nadu

The project aimed at studying, the proximal and distal drivers of land use and land cover change, the trends and patterns of land use and land cover change at the project site; with special emphasis on urbanization, landscape fragmentation and isolation and studying the socio-ecological consequences of the land use and land cover change. The study focused on Western districts of Tamil Nadu- Erode and Coimbatore, revealed that the area had large tracts of forested land that supported moderately dense vegetation. The trends in LU/LC for the study showed that there had been significant decrease in forest areas and emergence of new land use category i.e. reservoir. There also had been concurrent increase in crop lands peaking in 1970-80, following which there had been a decrease. Concurrent to this decrease an increase in built up land had been recorded.

Deciphering Land Use Land Cover Changes in (i) Kancheepuram, (ii) Nagapattinam and (iii) Tirunelveli districts of Tamil Nadu
Duration: 2014-15 (Ongoing)

Funding Agency: Tamil Nadu State Land Use Research Board (TNSLURB), State Planning Commission, Government of Tamil Nadu

Based on the previous study on land use changes in the Western districts of Tamil Nadu that delineated the drivers of land use change and socio-ecological consequences, this project focuses on studying, the proximal and distal drivers of land use and land cover change at various project sites including  Kancheepuram, Nagapattinam and Tirunelveli, and the trends and patterns of land use and land cover change; with special emphasis on urbanization, landscape fragmentation and isolation and studying the socio-ecological consequences of the land use and land cover change. The study sites include Tirunelveli district representing the plains of Southern Western Ghats; Kancheepuram district which represents a mixed habitat of peri-urban/agrarian nature and Nagapattinam district representing the East Coast and a Ramsar site/Wildlife Sanctuary viz. Point Calimere.

Linking Scales: Mainstreaming the Conservation Agenda in the Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu
Duration: 2013-15

Funding Agency: Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)

The main aim of the project is to mainstream conservation goals across different sectors and levels of public administration in Tamil Nadu, so that they evolve as part of the state’s overall planning and agenda. The project envisaged to forge horizontal and vertical coordination amongst different Government Departments to address the agenda of conservation. This project aimed to achieve the larger objective through dialogue and integration of various departments and stakeholders so that significant information is disseminated at a proper level and an informed engagement for conservation of Western Ghats is enabled. The output of the project is the Resource Compendium on Western Ghats enlisting conservation strategies from the perspective of the concerned department that can be incorporated into existing policy guidelines, plans and programmes of each of the departments. This document  addresses the points of overlap, conflict and congruence. Further, it would support the National Biodiversity Action Plan at the state level.  The most significant output of the project is the support provided to the Department of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives to draft the Special Area Development Programme for the Western Ghats of Tamilnadu with an annual outlay of 75.00 crores INR.

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