Integrated Landscape Management ILM Scheme for Greater Panna Landscape
Recently the Ministry of Jal Shakti has launched Integrated Landscape Management ILM Scheme for Greater Panna Landscape. This plan has been prepared by the Wildlife Institute of India in relation to the Ken-Betwa link project.
Integrated landscape management refers to the long-term collaboration between different stakeholders to achieve the multiple objectives required by the landscape.
Agricultural production, distribution of ecosystem services, cultural heritage and values, rural livelihoods etc.
The rationale for the ILM plan is due to the following reasons:
- Increasing pressure on natural resources due to climate change,
- Vague rights of land ownership,
- Unsustainable practices of land management,
- Coordinated and often competitive sectoral policies etc.
Key Features of Integrated Landscape Management (ILM):
- Shared or agreed management, which includes multiple landscape benefits.
- It is based on a collaborative, community linked planning and monitoring process.
- The emphasis will be on integrated management of natural resources to optimize ecosystem functions and services.
- Markets and public policies will be redefined to achieve diverse landscape objectives.
Benefits of Integrated Landscape Management (ILM)
- Efficient use of costs: This will be achieved by coordinating strategies and promoting synergy between different levels of government.
- Empowering communities: Since integrated landscape management supports an inclusive and participatory process, it empowers the community.
- The habitat of flagship species like tiger, vulture and alligator will be better protected and managed.
- It will integrate the landscape as a whole for biodiversity conservation and human welfare, especially for forest dependent communities.
Ken-Betwa Link Project-
- This is the first project under the National Perspective Plan for Interlinking of Rivers.
- In this, a plan has been made to transfer water from river Ken to Betwa. Ken and Betwa are both tributaries of Yamuna.
- This project will be operated in Bundelkhand.
- It is a drought prone area. This region is spread over 13 districts of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
Source – The Hindu