PES project Reports for Coonoor

We have been looking at the Payment for Ecosystem Services approach as a potential way to address the water crisis in Coonoor. The final reports of this effort are shared here. Hydrogeological assessment of the catchments of three water sources of Coonoor Recommendations for Development of a PES Project in…

Rainfall Data from Ralliah Rain Gauge

The rainfall data from Ralliah Dam collected with an automated rain gauge has been analysed and compared to the historic rainfall data from UPASI. The chart below summarises the comparison. While the rainfall in 2014 has been higher than the historical average during August – October, the rainfall has disappointed…

Project Update

We have delineated the catchment of the major sources of water for the Municipality. We are in the process of collecting data on the land use pattern there. This would enable us to link the water flows in the source to possibilities of improvements in land use practices, which could…

Analysis of Time Series data on Rainfall for Coonoor

Analysis of Time Series data on Rainfall for Coonoor (v0.1 dtd 06-03-2014) Dataset: Monthly rainfall in mm Period: Jan 1935 to Dec 2013 Source and Credit: UPASI, Coonoor. Obtained as hard copy. Raw data Data entered in Excel Sheet as two column (Data, rainfall in mm) and then saved as…

Payment for Ecosystem Services

Keystone is currently exploring the feasibility of applying a Payment for Ecosystems (PES) Approach to addressing the water crisis in Coonoor town. This approach has been successfully applied in Mexico and other countries and in India there is an ongoing initiative based on PES at Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. We will…