CWRDM Sub Centre, Neyyattinkara, is one of the Sub Centers of CWRDM, established in 1991. The Sub Centre is functioning in its own building situated 20 km away from Thiruvananthapuram city, in the Thiruvananthapuram – Nagercoil Road. Major thrust areas of the Sub Centre are, Irrigation Management, Wetland Conservation and Management, Empowerment of women in the water sector, and Action Research and Capacity Development Programmes in the water sector. The Sub Centre researches a diverse range of issues related to water – from integrated management of river basins to action research for social upliftment. The centre’s research looks at water resources management in our state with a sociological perspective. Preparation and implementation of management action plans for wetlands is accentuated in the activities of the subcentre. Participatory approach in irrigation management has long been acknowledged and well researched by our scientists. Integrated mangrove aquaculture for socio economic and environmental sustainability is also being explored. With its strategic location near to the capital city, the Sub Centre also serves as the liaison centre of CWRDM with other governmental agencies.


To be a centre of expertise in research providing sustained scientific and socially acceptable solutions to critical water management issues relevant to South Kerala.


To engage in interdisciplinary research and development activities that provide inputs for decision makers to make choices on development, conservation and management of water resources effectively.

Thrust Area

  •  Integrated Water Resources Management
  •  Wetland conservation and management
  • Integrated mangrove aqaculture
  • Performance assessment of water projects
  •  Participatory Irrigation Management

Major Activities

  •  Research and Development Projects
  • Consultancy projects
  • Action Research
  • Training and Extension
  • Guidance to students for thesis work

  • Microbiology lab
  • Chemical lab

Journal Papers
    • Girish Gopinath, G.K. Ambili, Shery Joseph Gregory, C.K. Anusha. 2015. Drought risk mapping of south-western state in the Indian peninsula - A web based application. Journal of Environmental Management (2014),
Conference Proceedings
    • Ambili G. K., K. MadhavaChandran, K. T. Zabeera and K. K. Anju (2014).Opportunities for Improving Performance: A Case Study in Vellanur Minor Irrigation Scheme, Kerala. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Hydrology and Watershed Management (ICHWAM-2014), October 29-November 2, 2014.
    • Ambili G. K., K. MadhavaChandran, K. T. Zabeera and K. K. Anju., 2014.Performance Evaluation for Water Management in a Minor Irrigation System. Proceedings of International Symposium on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM-2014), February 19-21, 2014, Vol.2, pp 1023-1029.
    • Suvarnakumari N, Sudheesh M and Ansar S.(2011).Water quality assessment of integrated Mangrove aquaculture farming system in selected ponds of Munroethuruthu Panchyath,Kollam,Kerala.3rdInternational Geography Congress,CWRDM,Kozhikode,May 06-08 ,2011 Abstract Volume pp 121-122
Research Reports
Books and Monographs

Ongoing Projects

Completed Projects