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:
“STRENGTHENING OF STATE LAND USE BOARD”-2402-00-001-98 P
The upgradation of the Geo informatics Laboratory as a state level digital data repository for land and water resource management 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 in managing and updating data. It mainly includes upgradation, purchase of hardware, software and data products and implementation of e-office.
Spatial data on the Land use/Land cover of 3 districts namely Palakkad, Kannur and Kasargod is progressing. Land Use decision Models for 2 blocks - Kaduthuruthy block of Kottayam & Vazhakkulam block of Ernakulam districts are prepared in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, with the aim of studying and suggesting optimized combination of land allocation for different uses ensuring minimized soil erosion and maximized people’s net income. Considering the rising demand from various departments for data regarding natural resources at lower levels, it is proposed to publish Block level report on natural resources by pooling the data available in KSLUB and by compiling data from other resources. Block level report of 6 districts was completed in 2016-2017. Block Level Report of remaining 8 districts will be prepared during this year .Regular activities including AMC of Computers and printers, publication of KSLUB Newsletter, ‘Vibhava Keralam’ and purchase of office furniture and other equipments. Awareness Programmes are organised for students and youth on the importance of Natural Resource Conservation. As part of this, awareness programmes for children “Thalir”, was inaugurated and various programmes like painting, skit, quiz and essay competitions are scheduled. One State Seminar and Block Seminars are also scheduled in which people representatives, officials of line departments and farmers will be the target group. Short term training courses are scheduled during November and December months for officials of line departments on the topics of GIS and Remote Sensing. In service training programmes are also conducted under this scheme aiming capacity building of the staff of the department.
RESOURCE SURVEY AT PANCHAYATH AND BLOCK LEVEL PLAN- 2402-00-001-96P
Natural Resource Management Plan for Thutha Sub Watershed, Palakkad district and Manali Sub watershed, Thrissur district in collaboration with the District Panchayath, Palakkad and Thrissur are progressing. Eco Restoration Plan is being developed through Land Cover Information Management system at Agro Ecological Unit Level for upper catchment of Karuvannur River Basin. During 2017-18, Desired land use plan will be developed for Kollam Corporation and Awareness programmes on the use of PRM Data Block/district levels will be organized.
LAND RESOURCE INFORMATION SYSTEM-2402-00-001-90P
Land Resources Information System is a web based Geographical Information System which has been developed by the Kerala State Land Use Board. A web based LRIS with the assistance of IIITM-K for Palakkad, Ernakulam, Wayanad, Kannur, Kottayam, Thrissur, Thiruvanathapuram, Idukki, Kollam and Kozhikode were launched during previous years. Subsequently the LRIS for Kasargod district was launched during August 2017. The updation of the thematic maps of Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta districts are completed and the web based LRIS for these districts will be launched and updation of Malappuram districtwill be completed during this year (2017-18).
In addition to above projects Kerala State Land Use Board will be providing the Watershed Atlas of the entire State of Kerala in a digital user friendly format. This will be achieved by comparison and fine correction of the micro watershed boundary with toposheets and related natural boundaries using google/satellite imageries. In addition, the following information pertaining to the watershed of Kerala will be provided as attribute data for planning and execution of watershed projects in the State.
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. The 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 is functioning as the Technical Support Organization for preparing the Detailed Project Report for Block Panchayats under the Integrated Watershed Management Programme. The State Level Nodal Agency of IWMP has entrusted the department with the preparation of Preliminary Project Reports. Town Planning Department, Local Self Governments and several other agencies has awarded consultative GIS projects. 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. The operating system and software enhancements also help to standardize software environment. Attending to the divergent needs of various groups, department is providing up-to-date customized software and tools for catering their needs. New Geo informatics lab enables the department to provide the latest technologies in the field of RS & GIS to various users including line departments, LSGIs, researchers, students, etc.