Kottayam – Kumarakom Ecocity Programme
Location: Kottayam, Kerala, India
Project Description: The Project addresses the development needs of the Kottayam-Kumarakom Ecocity Region (KKER), comprising Kottayam Municipality, and eight neighbouring panchayats in Kottayam district of Central Kerala. The region lies on the eastern bank of the Vembanad Lake, a unique ecologically diverse backwater stretch and is an environmentally sensitive area, characterized by large tracts of marshy lands, agricultural fields and an extensive network of waterways. The region is trying to cope up with the twin facets of growth and sustenance - Environment and Development, as a result of the increase in tourism activities mainly based on the lake and growing population density. The project attempts to address the issues and dilemmas of development of the region.
Phase I of the Project aimed at preparing a Comprehensive Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) for the region. The Plan identifies interventions necessary to promote sustainable socio- economic development in the region, with particular emphasis on the environmental consequences of such interventions, in view of the unique environmental context of the area. Phase I has been completed and the project has moved to the implementation phase or Phase II which focuses on the implementation of the projects identified in the CEMP. Ecosmart has been awarded the Presidents Innovation Award for this project.
Services Provided: A Comprehensive Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) for development of Kottayam-Kumarakom region in Kerala on Ecocity concept has been prepared.
Through this project the Company evolved a replicable model for solid waste management in smaller towns.
The CEMP has been evolved through a stakeholder driven process. It analyzed major environmental issues in the program region and developed a set of interventions at the project, plan, program and policy levels that are both effective and sustainable.
Specific project initiatives were identified in the areas of Solid Waste Management, Bio-Medical Waste, Transportation and Natural Resources Management which are now being developed for implementation in Phase II of the Program.
Client: Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), The World Bank
Project Status: Phase I completed (2008), Phase II ongoing