Training /Awareness Programme
Ensuring the availability of information regarding natural resources to the state and district machinery is essential for LSGIs for efficient planning and decision making. Many of the natural resources are subjects dealt at state level and availability of a platform at state level for co-ordinating the natural resources management activities is becoming relevant at present. Awareness programmes help in co-ordinating, guiding and planning the various activities for natural resources management at different levels. The multi tier awareness programmes will also help in the effective implementation of developmental activities using GIS databases, remote sensing, modelling etc.
Kerala State Land Use Board has generated voluminous database on land & water resources which includes Natural Resources & Environmental database(NREDB) in 1:12500 scale, Watershed Atlas on 1: 50000 scale, Waste Lands on 1:50000 scale, Status of Wet Land on 1: 12500 scale and Panchayath Resource Maps on 1:5000 scale. The above data will help line departments and LSGIs in planning and implementing various projects. For this the users are to be made aware and trained about the utility of resource and thematic maps/data.
The following programmes are earmarked to be implemented under Training & Awareness Generation component during 2020-21
The Department has been organising regional seminars on topics relevant to land use planning and natural resource management every year as part of awareness generation. Representatives from three tier panchayats mainly involved in implementation of various developmental plans, kudumbasree workers, volunteers, officers from line departments, farmers, students are among the main benefactors of the programme. Awareness programmes including seminars, competitions, talk shows and education programmes are proposed to be conducted by KSLUB during 2020-21. Moreover farmers, women, youth and students will be catered with an array of awareness activities with specific emphasize to disseminate the message of Natural Resource Conservation.
The Department desires to create awareness among school students on the importance of natural resource conservation for maintaining ecological balance. The students would be oriented towards the importance of natural resources, through themes that would kindle their imaginations and help spread the message of protecting land and resources for future generation. It has been programmed to conduct painting competition for school students as part of awareness programmes
Short Term Training on GIS
The department will offer short term training on GIS for officials of line departments like Local Self Government, Agriculture, Forest, Water Resources, PWD, Town Planning, Harbour Engineering, Fisheries and autonomous bodies and NGOs for effectively using the tools of Geo informatics for planning and implementation of their projects. The department will also offer short term training programmes for college/school teachers in the application of GIS for natural resources management, according to the arising demands.