Development of “Data Web on Island Environment & Protection (DWIEP)”

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The Project

The DWIEP is a resource database and provides information on the country’s islands of India that is comprehensive and available in one compendium. Island wise (including mainland islands and oceanic islands of A&N and Lakshadweep) information such as geographical area, geology, climate, socio-economic profile, political profile, ecological profile and information of previous studies and surveys will be collected through review of existing reports, literature and published documents. Supporting activities for implementation of IPZ Notification, 2011 in Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Government Initiative’s on Holistic Development of Islands, will be undertaken inter-alia, with the help of data/information collected in the database along with adequate field studies.

Six types of Island Formation:

1) Continental 2) Tidal 3) Barrier 4) Oceanic 5) Coral 6) Artificial.

Islands maintain many of the world’s most unique and vulnerable plants, animals and ecosystems, while also playing an important role in the health, welfare and cultural diversity of the people living there. Due to their small size, isolation and fragility of island ecosystems, their renowned biological diversity is threatened. They are particularly vulnerable to global climate change, climate variability and sea level rise.

Aim

Creation of a resource database which provides information on the country’s islands of India that is comprehensive and available in one compendium, Island wise (including mainland islands and oceanic islands of A&N and Lakshadweep.

Objectives

  • In one compendium “Development of Data Web on Island Environment and Protection”

  • Data Mining of Islands of India

  • Creation of data availability of Indian Islands

  • Creation of Information of Islands database

  • Creation of Knowledge of Indian Islands

  • Creation of  Metadata of Indian Islands

  • Data integrity of Indian Islands

  • Data independence of Governance

  • Supporting activities for implementation of IPZ Notification

  • Holistic Development of Islands.

Categories

Key Findings

The ultimate list prepared by the NCSCM, India has about consists of 1382 offshore Islands, estimation comprising 1093 shapes and 289 points or rocks /rocky islets.

Outcomes

  • DWIEP Database Website development : Data Availability, Integrity, & Independence
  • State- of the art Report on State/UT wise coastal Islands
  • The outcome of the DWIEP work will be helpful to conserve the native Island biodiversity from intentional and unintentional introductions.
  • A comprehensive Indian Islands database has serve as baseline data for conservation and management of Island resources.
  • Provide eco-tourism options
  • Identification of conservation and preservation areas and areas with development potentials
  • Data warehouse of Indian Islands and Knowledge Management
  • 77 islands were recommended for consideration for holistic development of islands under the DWEIP data’s.
  • The DWIEP will serve as a useful database for planners, policy makers, academicians and all those interested in becoming familiar with the coastal islands of our county.

Field Survey Sites