Kerala State Land Use Board is actively involved in conducting studies on the judicious use of land, collection of micro level data on the existing land use, land resources, land degradation, under taking inventories and studies on natural resources. KSLUB offers technology solution in areas like resource based thematic mapping, spatial data base development and spatial decision support system. The Department also conducts awareness programmes for the public on land and water related issues. It also offers consultancy services for land use and spatial planning among line department and LSGIs. The Department plays an important role in formulating the land use policy of the state.
Details of different projects of KSLUB undertaken under three schemes are given below:
I. “STRENGTHENING OF STATE LAND USE BOARD”-2402-00-001-98 PLAN
The upgradation of the Geo informatics Labas a state level digital data repository on natural resources is progressing. It aims at bringing available information into digital format and to deliver the same in a user friendly format for planners, administrators, LSGIs and other users . Geoinformatics Lab willcontinue to extend GIS support to Haritha Keralam Mission and MGNREGS by providing thematic data on natural resources.
During 2019-20 it is proposed to prepare Water Resources Mapping And Management Plan for the either banks of the Achankovil river covering a total area of approximately 170 sqkms, starting from Pathanamthitta district and ends at Alappuzha district.
During 2019-20 it is proposed to prepare the Land Use Decision Model for 15 LSGIs coming under flood affected areas in collaboration with LSGIs and Department of Agriculture. The study will be conducted with the objective to study and suggest the optimized combination of land allocation for different land use ensuring sustainable development.During 2019-20, it is also proposed to prepare “Panchayat Level Natural Resource Data Bank” for 68 panchayats of Kollam district. In addition to the preparation of data bank, it is also planned to conduct a spatial analysis on land use changes occurred in the panchayats during the last decade. Apart from this, it is also planned to prepare a spatial database on natural resources, major assets and households experiencing water scarcity using geo-tagging in all the gramapanchayats of Chadayamangalam Block on pilot basis.
Awareness programmes including seminars, competitions, talk shows and education programmes are proposed to be conducted by KSLUB during 2019-20, with special emphasize to disseminate the message of Natural Resource Conservation.
Short term training courses will be conducted for officials of line departments on the topics of “GIS and Remote Sensing”. In service training programmes will also be conducted which aims capacity building of the staff of the department.
During 2019-20 it is proposed to ensure technical support to Kattakada Jalasamrudhi project and to continue documentation of the activities undertaken in the project. This details will be made available in website enabling others to understand the activities followed.
II. RESOURCE SURVEY AT PANCHAYATH AND BLOCK LEVEL PLAN- 2402-00-001-96 PLAN
Natural Resource Management Plan for Thutha Sub Watershed in Palakkad district and Karuvannur puzha watershed in Thrissur district in collaboration with Palakkad and Thrissur District Panchayats will be prepared. Eco Restoration Plan will be developed through Land Cover Information Management system at Agro Ecological Unit Level for the northern catchment of Kole wetlands of Karuvannur river basin. During 2019-20, KSLUB proposes to prepare the Desired Land Use Plan for four municipalities viz. Thiruvalla, Harippad, Mavelikkara, Chenganoor coming under flood affected areas in Kuttanad region with the objectives of preparing the existing land use with the latest micro level information through ground truth verification and recommends a suitable land use plan taking into account the flora and fauna of the area.During the year 2019-2020 it is also proposed to complete Terrain Analysis for Eco restoration within an area of 200 Km2 in the North eastern and south western tributary of Neyyar river basin comprising 17 micro watersheds.
III. LAND RESOURCE INFORMATION SYSTEM-2402-00-001-90P
During 2019-20 it is proposed to continue Wetland Information System project in the in Palakkad & Ernakulam districts and to deploy in LRIS website. It is also proposed to update land use / land cover maps of 5 districts viz, Kannur, Wayanad, Palakkad, Ernakulam & Kottayam and to update them in LRIS website
Department has been continually offering research support to students, scholars, colleges/schools, various governmental and non-governmental organizations on various aspects of Land Use Planning. Data on Land use, soil, drainage, transport network, panchayat boundary, village boundary, etc were provided on demand basis. Many organizations are sending their research scholars to this organization for data and library support in guiding their research programmes. Thus rich data base available with the Department is being utilized for various research needs.
Department has been offering consultancy service in land use planning and GIS for line departments and LSGIs. Presently the department ensuring technical support for Haritha Keralam Mission and MGNREGS programmes. By strengthening Geo informatics lab with increased manpower and infrastructure, department is now able to undertake more consultative projects, train more officials and provide good quality data and maps for planners, administrators, LSGIs and other users.. Attending to the divergent needs of various groups, department is providing up-to-date customized software and tools for catering their needs.