Socio-Economic and Livelihood Assessment of Communities living in and around Kolleru Wildlife Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh
Location: Kolleru Lake (Ramsar Site), Andhra Pradesh
Funded by: Andhra Pradesh State Forest Department (APFD) and the Wildlife Management Division, Eluru, Andhra Pradesh
MSSRF in association with the Wildlife Management Division, Eluru of Andhra Pradesh State Forest Department (APFD) is carrying out a study “Socio-Economic and Livelihood Assessment of Communities living in and around Kolleru Wildlife Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh”. The Kolleru Lake is the largest freshwater lake in India situated between 16◦33” and 16◦47” N, and 80◦40 and 81◦24 E in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The areas covered with water either permanently or seasonally are considered to be a part of the Kolleru Lake. About 0.3 million people are living around the Kolleru Lake in which nearly 14,000 families directly depend on the lake resources. It is rich in biodiversity and supports an estimated 20 million resident and migratory birds for feeding. The wetland is used for paddy cultivation, fishing, aquaculture, and other recreational activities.
To understand the socio-economic status of communities living in the study area.
To analyzes the gender-specific livelihood opportunities of the communities.
To study the land use/land cover pattern and spatial-temporal changes in the study area using remote sensing and GIS.
To examine the access to the Govt Schemes by the community.
To estimate the extent of the impact of loss of aquaculture due to Hon’ble Supreme Court on the livelihood of the community in the study area.
The study provide a clear understanding of the importance of the gendered livelihoods of local communities living in and around the Kolleru wildlife sanctuary.
The current land use/land cover pattern and spatial-temporal changes in the land use and land cover pattern from 1990-to 2020 at 10-year intervals at 1: 10000 scale GIS maps.
Assessment of temporal changes in the livelihood pattern.
Way to promote traditional fishing and agriculture practices in the sanctuary area as an alternate livelihood
Way forward in developing an updated participatory conservation plan for the sanctuary involving the local communities.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.