India: The Gujarat Ecology Commission (GEC) and National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) have partnered to carry out cumulative environment impact assessment after every two to three years using GIS analysis and other tools .
A latest document 'Gulf of Kachchh: A Framework for the Cumulative Environmental Impact Assessment' suggests that comprehensive evaluation of future pressures through GIS analysis of future development from planning documents should be taken up.
With Kutch emerging as the crude oil import gateway of India, the report states there would be an growing risk of oil spills and pipeline leaks to the marine environment. It also calls for quantification of current pressures on the Gulf marine ecosystem using demographic data, effluent loading and model information.
Both GEC and NCSCM have pointed out that Gujarat's coasts are facing a rush of rapid urban and industrial development.
Source: Times of India