Land use pattern at local body level mooted

12 grama panchayats in Wayanad sensitive: Study

A workshop on ‘Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and Preservation of Biodiversity – for Local Self Governments in Wayanad’ that concluded here on Thursday has stressed the need to formulate a disaster management plan and land use pattern at the grama panchayat level.

The two-day programme was organised jointly by the Hume Centre for Ecology and Wildlife Biology, District Disaster Management Authority and Town Planning Department to find a solution to protect the ecologically fragile district from extreme weather events. The study was taken up by the Hume centre with the objective of documenting the impact of the recent extreme weather events and to support the working group on disaster risk reduction at the grama panchayat level.

While presenting the findings of the sturdy, C.K. Vishnudas , Director of the centre, stated that much of the disasters, including soil subsidence, landslips and mud slips, were mainly reported in areas where unscientific cutting of slopes was done for construction of roads or multi-storey buildings.

Triggering factors

It was also observed that complex geological formations, different soil types, and high rainfall in many areas were the triggering factors for extreme events , Mr. Vishnudas said.

Pre- and post-flood satellite maps were analysed for the purpose and ground truth data was done at 1,033 points in 21 different panchayats, including 641 locations where the extreme events were reported.

The study also revealed that 12 grama panchayats , geographically located in the west and south foothills of Wayanad, were highly sensitive and warranted special land use plan for future development.

Addressing the workshop, V. Venu , Principal Secretary, Kerala, said this was the first study of its kind in the State that covered the entire district. “The findings of the study are very relevant and would help to tackle such an event in the future,” Dr. Venu, who is also the chairman of the ‘Navakerala Mission’, said.

Multi-disciplinary team

N. Vinod Chandra Menon, founding member, National Distress Management Authority, said a consortium of multi-disciplinary team should be formulated to support the panchayat-level disaster management plan in the wake of extreme weather events. This is a model for other districts to follow, Dr. Menon said.

The data collection was done in a participatory mode by utilising the service of veterinary students of the College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Pookode, and members of Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad.

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