Monthly Archives: April 2011

Strangeness in the mist

Changing climate and environment affect adivasi lifestyles in Kodagu, Karnataka

By Coorg Organisation for Rural Development (COORD)

Cattle grazing is affected by changes in Kodagu grasslands. Photo: aurovillecoffeeideas.in

Kodagu (Coorg), that was famous for different types of trees, shrubs and medicinal herbs, is now facing serious environmental threats thanks to  changing weather patterns and human interventions. A temperate climate and good, predictable rains once favoured  adivasis living along the misty hill folds and in the lush woods here,   supporting their farming, cattle rearing, fishing and honey collection. But of late a changing environment laced with an overdose of chemical fertilisers,  pesticides and industrial pollution  no longer support their livelihoods.

This  case study shows that interventions have to be in line with local practices.  People-friendly and people-oriented management of forests and other natural resources are essential for maintaining a balanced environment so as to protect the rich bio-sphere of Kodagu.    (More...)

The lost beaches

The impact of environmental change on the fisherfolk  of Kanyakumari district

By Surabhi Sinha

Crowded coasts of Kanyakumari face the threat of erosion. Photo: M Martin/ indiadisasters.org

The Kanyakumari coast is being impaired by  erosion,  environmental degradation as well as human activities.  Several human activities on the coast and further inland have contributed to coastal erosion and in the context of global warming it could make the impacts of sea level rise even worse. Several measures have been adopted for the protection of the coast based on the geomorphology of the area – but not always successful as this  case study shows.

The main problems in the Kanyakumari coastline are  sea water intrusion into  rivers and canals and the receding shoreline. The latter problem is larger and is probably more difficult to tame as it depends on various other global circumstances. Construction of sea walls is the most immediate solution. (More…)