KASTURIRANGAN COMMITTEE REPORT ON WESTERN GHATS PDF
Identification of Ecologically Sensitive Areas in Western Ghats . requested a committee of Dr. Y.V.N Krishna Murthy, Director, Indian Institute of. Report of the high level working group on Western Ghats (Kasturirangan Western Ghats Report) Dr. K Kasturirangan (Member, Planning Commission) and includes myavr.info · HLWG-Report-Partpdf. The Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP), also known as the Gadgil Commission after its chairman Madhav Gadgil, was an environmental research commission appointed by the Ministry of Environment and Forests of India. The commission submitted the report to the Government of India on 31 The Kasturirangan report seeks to bring just 37% of the Western Ghats under.
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and WGEEP report. What is so controversial about Madhav Gadgil committee and Kasturirangan committee reports? Madhav Gadgil Committee Report on the Western Ghats. Gadgil Commission .. Print Friendly, PDF & Email. Share The Western Ghats are the forested hill range running parallel to the Arabian panel, High Level Working Group (HLWG) led by Planning Commission member and astrophysicist Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan to examine the Gadgil report. The Western Ghats are naturally an important focus of sustainable development efforts. The report embodies among other things (i) categorization of the Western Ghats into three Biodiversity Management Committee.
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The EPI could be used to devolve funds to the States. ESA should get plus payments which should be paid directly to the village community.
The strategy evolved for the continuation of the Western Ghats Development Programme, in the 12 Plan centres around, besides watershed based development, fragility of the habitat, and development needs of the people i.
Forest management for inclusive development should require policies to integrate forest accounts, including measurement of the tangible and intangible benefits into State and National economic assessments and policies to improve productivity of forests for economic benefits for local communities.
The current rules of timber transit, which do not incentivize forest production on private lands and community forestlands, should be reviewed and revised. The Forest Rights Acts categorization of minor forest produce, including bamboo should be promoted to build forest-based local economies.
To promote sustainable agriculture, HLWG recommends a focused programme to incentivize growers in the Western Ghats to move towards organic cultivation and to build a unique brand for such premium products in the world market. In order to promote sustainable tourism, HLWG recommends the following: xix a Existing regulatory provisions to assess environmental impact of tourism projects must be strengthened.
The management of Western Ghats ecology involves conservation, protection and rejuvenation as well as sustainable development in Western Ghats through periodic assessments of environment and ecology on a long term basis across the Six States of Western Ghats region using state-of-art geospatial technologies.
The information generated will be used for wide range of purposes including planning and policy formulation from time to time, keeping in view of changes monitored both in time and space.
A Centre with the mandate to: i use the existing and new knowledge to build a vibrant political dialogue in the region as a whole on the need to make shifts in development paradigm, given its particular vulnerability, ii assess and report on the state of ecology of the entire region, and iii provide a decision support function in the implementation of ESAs is essential.
The maps generated on GIS platform having different layers have a wide range of applications. Consequently, the HLWG recommends that the approach followed for identification of ESAs serves as a model for replication elsewhere in the region and country. Climate change and Western Ghats HLWG recommends that the proposed Centre may undertake these studies. In any case, the likely increase in temperature regime, rainfall and extreme events, besides decrease in the duration of precipitation which alone has serious concern for Western Ghats ecosystem - increased water stress to the forests, in fire incidences, evapo-transpiration and surface runoff.
As a adaptive measure to these changes, a number of adaptive strategies such as i species-mix plantations, ii planting of hardy species that are resilient to increased temperature and drought risk, and iii launching of a few adaptive projects such as anticipatory plantation along altitudinal and latitudinal gradient and linking of PAs and forests fragments and implementing advance fire warning strategy, which have been outlined in Chapter 3, should be taken into account while formulating policies across Western Ghats region xxi F.
Specific cases referred to HLWG HLWG is of the view that while the importance of the proposed Athirappilly hydropower project for meeting the peaking power requirements of the State cannot be disputed, there is still uncertainty about ecological flow available in the riverine stretch, which has a dam at a short distance upstream of the proposed project.
It recommends that given the increased variability due to unpredictable monsoon, the project must be revaluated in terms of the generation of energy and whether the plant load factor expected in the project makes it viable against the loss of local populations of some species. Based on this revaluation and collection of data on ecological flow, the Government of Kerala, could take forward the proposal, if it so desires with the Ministry of Environment and Forests.
As the proposed Gundya hydropower project is located in the ESA, it must be proceeded upon with extreme caution. HLWG recommends that the Government of Karnataka should reassess the ecological flow in the downstream areas, based on a thorough evaluation of hydrological regimes in the area. The project should not be given the go-ahead, till such a review and reassessment is made.
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The Governments review must also assess local damage to all forests, which will emanate from the construction work and if at all, this can be mitigated. The chief minister had also appealed the Left not to spread unnecessary fears and withdraw the agitations, saying that the Union minister of state for environment and forests, Jayanthi Natarajan, had assured that the Centre would consider the concerns raised by all the states.
Earlier on October 21, LDF had boycotted the all-party meeting convened by the chief minister to discuss how the Kasturirangan Committee report would affect the state. The Kerala government had appointed a three-member committee to study the impact of the report.
Section of church leads protest A section of the church in the state is backing the agitations. The Catholic Church is strongly opposing the report, saying it is anti-farmers and, if implemented, it would affect the livelihood of farmers.
It also says that many farmers who have settled in the high ranges are yet to get title deeds and implementation of the report will affect title deeds.
The letter issued by Bishop Mar Remigios Inchananiyil demands withdrawal of the decision to implement the report. It states that as part of intensifying the protests, rallies and dharnas would be organised under the aegis of the Pashchimaghatta Jana Samrakshana Samithi Western Ghats People Protection Committee on November The church denounced unnecessary agitations including hartal over the issue, the statement read.Last month, matters came to a head when ministers announced that they would accept the recommendations of a working group to cordon off more than one-third of the region and ban many industrial activities within it.
He marked 37 percent of this stretch as ESA where hazardous industries, thermal plants or mines would not be allowed. Tweet 4. Kasturirangan report included ecologically non-sensitive areas under ESA, and left out many ecologically sensitive areas!
Prohibitory regime[ edit ] Roughly 37 per cent of the total area defined as the boundary of the Western Ghats is ecologically sensitive. Forest management for inclusive development should require policies to integrate forest accounts, including measurement of the tangible and intangible benefits into State and National economic assessments and policies to improve productivity of forests for economic benefits for local communities.
So guess who intervened by this time? It proposed that this entire area be designated as ecologically sensitive area ESA. The current rules of timber transit, which do not incentivize forest production on private lands and community forestlands, should be reviewed and revised.