Scientific Study on Sea Erosion in Kozhikode

The International Blue Flag tag is awarded to the beaches that are cleanest and eco-friendly. Kappad beach in Kerala is the only beach to receive the tag. Kappad is in the Kozhikode district of Kerala. A group of scientists will study the sea erosion at Kappad beach. The study is to be conducted across 3.5 km starting from Thuvvappara and ending in Valiyamangad.

Why the study?

For over 46 years, the coastline of Kozhikode has been prone to erosion. This was concluded through satellite images. The reasons for the erosion are river sand mining, and anthropogenic activities such as construction, and the construction of dams. The sediments in the region are determined by the estuaries.

The erosion in Kozhikode beach increased after 2000. Artificial coastal structures were installed. Still, the rate of erosion has been increasing. Fishing harbor construction is also one of the main reasons for coastal erosion.

About Blue Flag Beach

The tag is presented by a group of organizations and they are as follows:

  • United Nations Environmental Programme
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • United Nations World Tourism Organization
  • Foundation for Environmental Education: A NGO – foundation in Denmark

The tag is presented based on 33 parameters. Four of the major parameters are bathing water quality, management of environmental factors, conservation of the beaches, and environmental education.




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