Impact Assessment of quarrying activities on Wildlife Sanctuary


Balaram Ambaji Sanctuary, Banaskhantha



The state of Gujarat is predominantly an arid and semi-arid region. But, due to its geographical position and topographical variations, it is quite rich in its ecological wealth ranging from grasslands, forests (thorny scrub to canopy forests), wetlands, saline deserts and the coastal systems. However, most of these ecological systems are facing threats of different kinds that have originated from almost all the above-defined pressures of anthropogenic nature. Considering the length and width of the state, and spatial-temporal variability of different resources, development of a computerized information system is the most appropriate answer for cost- effective planning and management of various natural resources of the State. Keeping this in view, Gujarat Ecology Commission (GEC) is aiming to prepare spatial and non-spatial database of key ecological parameters that can be used in better land use planning, wasteland development, impact assessment of any developmental activity, conservation of rare and endangered flora and fauna, identification of ecologically sensitive areas etc. As a matter of fact, the explicit goal of this exercise was to facilitate a decision support system by a constant update of the inventory of various ecologically important parameters, their integrated analysis and feedback.


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