Coastal Management & Information System Karnataka

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Coastal Management Information System (CMIS)

Coastal Management Information System (CMIS) provides coastal information to stakeholders and equip them to perform query and analysis of coastal data. CMIS Karnataka has been developed by the Project Management Unit (PMU) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan project “Sustainable Coastal Protection & Management Investment Program (SCPMIP)”. The CMIS will source and compile information from national and state level institutions and other specialized agencies. CMIS will also include primary information generated during various stages of project implementation. A well functioning CMIS is at the core of the envisioned technical excellence of Coastal Infrastructure Management Unit (CIMU). Maintenance, management and regular updating of CMIS will be the key responsibility of CIMU.

Karnataka Coast

Karnataka is one of the nine maritime states in India that stretches across 300 kilometers in the districts of Dakshina Kannada (62 km), Udupi (98 km) and Uttara Kannada (160 km). The entire coast is endowed with three distinct agro-climatic zones i.e. coastal flatlands in the west, undulating hills and valleys in the middle, and high hills in the east. The coastal flat land has numerous estuaries, bays, creeks, cliff, spit sand dunes and long beaches, nurturing rich bio-diversity. The three coastal districts, between them, have eight coastal talukas with 22 urban settlements and 1,044 villages. The average population density is 253 persons/km 2 (337 in Dakshina Kannada, 290 in Udupi and 132 in Uttara Kannada). Agriculture sector predominates, engaging about 60% of the population. Fishing is another major economic activity, providing direct employment to about one lakh people and indirect employment to double that quantum. Domestic tourism is also on the increasing trend. The rapid urbanization, coastal structures and unregulated expansion of aqua culture in the recent years have negatively impacted the coastal environment.

SCPMIP Coastal Protection Projects

The SCPMIP lead coastal protection works consists of two tranches.


All thematic maps of both state and coastal districts are available here.

Data Download

Access data of CMIS can be downloaded from here. Files are in PDF format.

Shoreline Management Plan

SMP of the three coastal districts & the coast of Karnataka are available

Guidelines for Climate Resilient Coastal Protection and Management in India