RAPID ASSESSMENT OF THE BIODIVERSITY OF FLOOD AFFECTED AREAS OF KERALA STATE
The unprecedented rain and resulting floods has caused extensive damage to ecosystems of Kerala due to land slide, soil erosion, deposition of silt and sand, pollution, uprooting of trees etc to name a few. Consequently there is an urgent need to carry out a study on impact on Biodiversity both long term and short term. This study (survey) is highly relevant for developing a sustainable development path for Kerala in the after math of flood.The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala had directed Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) to undertake a rapid assessment of biodiversity loss due to floods and landslides at local level within one month. In this context, Kerala State Biodiversity Board has therefore made a plan to complete the survey with the help of Biodiversity Management Committees in all the most affected Gramapanchayats in the affected 13 districts.