Sahyadri Conservation Series: 24 ENVIS Technical Report: 54,  April 2013
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Kumaradhara River Basin, Karnataka Western Ghats: Need for Conservation and Sustainable Use
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1Energy and Wetlands Research Group, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore – 560012, India.
2Member, Western Ghats Task Force, Government of Karnataka, 3Member, Karnataka Biodiversity Board, Government of Karnataka
4Member, Tree Authority  Mangalore (Rural),  Government of Karnataka
*Corresponding author: cestvr@ces.iisc.ernet.in
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  CONTENT PAGE NUMBER
1 Executive summary 1
2 Introduction 7
3 Kumaradhara River basin 8
4 Land use analysis 11
5 Intervention in the river basin: KukkeMini Hydel Scheme (Kukke MHS) 12
6 Submergence area 19
7 Valuation of ecosystems 20
8 Vegetation status in forest ecosystems of Kumaradhara River basin 22
9 Impact scenario from MHS in Kumaradhara river 24
10 Objections to irrational interventions in Western Ghats 32
11 Discussion 40
12 Conclusions 44
13 References 44
14 Annexures
*mini hydel projects are wreaking havoc in the river basin as well as bleeding the Karnataka government coffers*
Karnataka high court rules out any more projects in the Western Ghats
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