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Salient Ecological Sensitive Regions of Central Western Ghats, India

Ramachandra, TV and Bharath, S and Subash Chandran, MD and Joshi, NV (2018) Salient Ecological Sensitive Regions of Central Western Ghats, India. In: Earth Systems and Environment, 2 (1). pp. 15-34.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s41748-018-0040-3


Ecologically sensitive regions (ESRs) are the ‘ecological units’ with the exceptional biotic and abiotic elements. Identification of ESRs considering spatially both ecological and social dimensions of environmental variables helps in ecological and conservation planning as per Biodiversity Act, 2002, Government of India. The current research attempts to integrate ecological and environmental considerations into administration, and prioritizes regions at Panchayat levels (local administrative unit) in Uttara Kannada district, Central Western Ghats, Karnataka state considering attributes (biological, Geo-climatic, Social, etc.) as ESR (1–4) through weightage score metrics. The region has the distinction of having highest forest area (80.48%) in Karnataka State, India and has been undergoing severe anthropogenic pressures impacting biogeochemistry, hydrology, food security, climate and socio-economic systems. Prioritisation of ESRs helps in the implementation of the sustainable developmental framework with the appropriate conservation strategies through the involvement of local stakeholders.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Earth Systems and Environment
Publisher: Springer
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the Springer.
Keywords: biodiversity; cluster analysis; conservation management; conservation planning; economic development; landscape change; sensitivity analysis; sustainable development, India; Western Ghats
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences > Center for Infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation and Urban Planning (CiSTUP)
Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (formerly ASTRA)
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2022 06:05
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2022 06:05
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/75562

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