Introduction

Half of the 320 km coastline of Karnataka is subject to significant coastal erosion and only 58 km is protected.

The coastal zone is a key part of the economy, supporting agricultural and horticultural activities, fishing, aquaculture, sand and shell mining, harbour development, tourism and transport. Rural communities and urban areas are affected by coastal erosion. Rising sea levels and increasing number and intensities of storms will result in serious erosion hazards.

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