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What we did

Keystone conducted a baseline survey of 38 hill wetlands. We have mapped, inventorised flora, fauna and people dependence on wetlands. Wetlands have been classified in different categories as common property resources – in rural and urban areas and in private and protected areas. In each of these categories a threat…

Threats

Invasive species Wattle, Ulux spp., Cytissus spp., Lantana camara is widespread at all sites. Invasive were found growing on the edges of the swamps forming potentially harmful threats to the health of wetland systems. Exotics Eucalyptus species were found in upland regions along most of the protected wetlands. Visually, there…

Unique wetlands

Conservation and Sustainable Management of Wetlands in key areas in the Nilgiris is a prime interest area of Keystone. One chill winter morning, we set out on an exploratory study of these wetlands and thus started the project. Wetlands of the Nilgiris are unique, unlike wetlands in general – these…

Methodology

The Objectives of the study was to – – Survey and mapping of crucial wetland habitats in the hill district of the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, India. –  Assess the dependence of stakeholders upon wetlands. – Develop local wetland conservation and management plans – Initiate dialogue and advocacy with the government…

Status

Wetlands are also a widely neglected ecosystem. Often regarded as wastelands, wetlands continue to be among the world’s most threatened regions. Most of them have been converted for agriculture, ongoing drainage, conversion, pollution, over-exploitation, fishing, real estate development and even building parks. The concern for conserving them have been steadily…

Nonsuch estate

This wetland is located in the Coonoor Taluk of the Nilgiris district. The area of the wetland is 6.735acres & the perimeter is 1.226km & the elevation of the wetland is 1762m. Biological and botanical condition The vegetation of this wetland being marshy is dominant with grass species (Cyperus ,…

Halakarai

Two wetlands were surveyed, one towards the village from Bandishola & the other at the village itself. The roadside one is of a private land adjoining forest boundary with Euca & wattle plantation. The source is from the upper reserved forests & a good flow. The location of the swamp…

Denad

by Kunal Sharma — last modified 2008-01-19 13:03 This wetland is within the management of the community & is almost semi protected from but chances of pollution from the chemicals & pesticides from the tea fields surrounding the wetland exists. It is located about 1741 m above sea level, the…

Raliah

Wilderness This is a large dam in the Coonoor taluk, used for supplying drinking water to Coonoor town. The reservoir and wetland are situated in the upper area with a forest of Acacia, Eucalyptus and some sholas as catchments. The wetland is vast. There is a large water body and…