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Natural Character Area Profile: the Coastal Plan of Kachchh, Gujarat, North Western India

Natural Character Area Profile: the Coastal Plan of Kachchh, Gujarat, North Western India

Bartlett, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-5125-6466, Milliken, S. ORCID: 0000-0001-7151-8753, Gomez Martin, E. and Parmar, D. (2016) Natural Character Area Profile: the Coastal Plan of Kachchh, Gujarat, North Western India. Project Report. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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The initial approach was made to the University of Greenwich by a former student on the MSc in Environmental Conservation who had returned to India and was working at GUIDE. He wanted to collaborate in writing a bid as a prelude to doing a PhD. It is perhaps unfortunate that, by the time the funding was approved, he had left GUIDE.

The original suggestion was that a proposal should be written to carry out research into the perceived problem of the non-native invasive species Prosopisjuliflora. This plant is a problem in many countries across the globe and it is extremely difficult to control. The University of Greenwich team suggested that the most appropriate strategy would be take an integrated approach to land use planning. In England the basis for this is a combination of desk study, landscape assessment and participation of local people to develop a ‘Natural Character Area’ (NCA) profile for areas identified as having shared biophysical characteristics. These documents are available on the internet and provide the context for decision making at all levels and purposes, from finding the most appropriate location for industry to identifying priorities for resource allocation.

While this document is loosely based on the NCAs produced for every part of England it has been modified to fit the local situation. The process has enabled the identification of some strategic priority areas, and we hope that the approach will prove useful and be applied in other parts of Kachchh.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Additional Information: The University of Greenwich in collaboration with the Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology (GUIDE) present the project "Ecosystem Assessment of the Coastal Plain Natural Area of Kachchh District: Planning for Biodiversity and Livelihoods into the Future".
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Science (SCI)
Last Modified: 08 May 2020 23:10
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: REF 5

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