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April 7th, 2014
Shocking Anomalies in ESA Maps of KSREC

The maps of Ecologically Sensitive Areas (ESAs) in the state, drafted by the Kerala State Remote Sensing and Environment Centre (KSREC), have major discrepancies including showcasing of Mathikettan Shola, a national park, as agricultural land. According to environmentalists, the new map excluding human settlements, plantations and agricultural land from the ESAs, identified by K Kasturirangan-headed High Level Working Group for Conservation of Western Ghats, also fails to identify ecological hot spots like Wagamon and Kuruva islands as protected areas.  The map accessible at www.ksrec.kerala.gov.in/frmEsa.aspx also disputably identifies some of these regions as “farm lands.” Read More