The Sustainable Coastal Protection and Management Investment Program (SCPMIP) is a project being implemented by the Government of Karnataka in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank to address the immediate coastal protection needs of the state through economically viable and long term sustainable protection works. The funding is through multi-tranche facility at an estimated cost of US$ 198 million (INR 911 crores). The first Tranche of coastal protection activities amounting to US$ 48.54 million has been concluded and the loan is closed on June 30, 2018. The Tranche 2 implementation commenced in January 2017, allowing 18 months of overlap between the two tranches.
Development of Coastal Management Information System (CMIS) is one of the important outputs of the SCPMIP. Historically, coastal engineering works in Karnataka suffered from “data deficit”. Most coastal engineering works were designed using scanty data or macro data on coastal processes. The CMIS in its fully evolved stage will fill this data gap.
With nearly 320 km of shoreline, it is important that the relevant coastal data on shoreline management become easily accessible to aid planners, designers, policy makers and administrators. Therefore, CMIS makes storing and retrieving coastal data by using digitization and an interactive Geographic Information System (GIS) and bridges the gap between data demand and supply.
CMIS collects, processes, updates and stores coastal data from different sources and disseminates to potential data users through CMIS web portal. CMIS is essentially a facility that enables a wide variety of users to access and retrieve reliable integrated data related to coastal zones for effective management of the coast. This is useful for planning and management of the Karnataka coast. CMIS also can potentially become a useful data source in disaster management and emergency operations during periods of natural calamities.
The Geographical Information System (GIS) is integrated into the system to display the geographical component of the data. Apart from GIS database, the environmental, coastal processes, climate, demographic, economic and other spatial and temporal data available under the SCPMIP are made available through the system. CMIS integrates all repositories into an interoperable system accessed via the Web to the end user/ stakeholders.