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Interlinking lakes: Decision support tool for sustainable lake ecosystem, Ahmedabad, India

Kotecha, Mahek (2022) Interlinking lakes: Decision support tool for sustainable lake ecosystem, Ahmedabad, India.

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Abstract:Lakes are an integral part of the urban ecosystem and mankind depends on lakes for several socio-economic services. However, due to anthropogenic pressures, the quality of urban lakes is deteriorating. One of the approaches to revive the lakes and deal with other urban issues like water clogging and stormwater management is the experimental approach of ‘interlinking lakes’ that deals with multiple levels of complexities and uncertainties. The main objective of the study was to develop and apply a multicriteria decision support tool for interlinked lakes to promote and support sustainable lake ecosystem planning and decision making. The tool evaluates the sustainability of interlinked lakes and can give insights into decision making. To design the tool, a multicriteria index was developed (from literature review and expert inputs), weights of the factors in the index were derived (using the Delphi method), the data related to the indicators in the index was collected (primary and secondary) and multicriteria evaluation was performed (using Definite tool). Local stakeholder and expert inputs were incorporated at every stage. The results derived from the tool indicate that it can aid the local authorities in making informed decisions to preserve the natural ecosystem of the interlinked lakes.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ITC: Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation MSc (75014)
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