Demography
Population
74396
ADMINISTRATIVE AREA
17550 ha
Density
4.07 persons / ha

A city is a large human settlement. People are the main driving force in a city. The dynamism of a city is dependent  on people and their behaviour. A preliminary understanding of the composition and diverse capabilities of the populations in a city should be the key to a successful urban study.

Predictions made by identifying demographic and composition patterns of the population within the existing physical boundary will create a well-planned livable  city.
 
 
 
 
 

 

Gender Distribution

Source - Divisional Secretariat Office - Kotapola

Gender Population - 2018

Environment

A city needs to have an environment that is habitable and conducive with appropriate spaces for people who use the city, while also being resilient in the face of increasing climate risk.

Aspects such as a cities’ air and water quality, quality of the built environment as well as the aesthetic and historic aspects in the city are things we need to look at. However, in the light of increasing disaster risk, managing climate change impact in the light of current urbanisation patterns becomes a key concern, and thus land use planning in a city needs to take this into account.

SDG targets 11.4 (safeguarding cultural and natural heritage) and 11.5 (reducing impacts of disasters, especially floods), 11.6 (air quality and waste) and  11.7 (safe, open and green spaces for all groups) all emphasize that for a city to be sustainable, these aspects need to be considered.

Natural Forests

Source - Divisional Secretariat Office - Kotapola

Kotapola Pradeshiya Sabha Division belongs to the Wet Zone evergreen forests among the flora of Sri Lanka. Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Diyadawa Forest Reserve and Paragala Horagala Forest cover about 22% of the total land area of ​​the division. These forest reserves are of great value because of their high biodiversity. The undergrowth of these reserve forests is covered with lush green vegetation throughout the year. These rare trees are very rare and endemic to Sri Lanka. Various herbs and rare species are found in these forests.

Land Area By Slope Zones

Source - Divisional Secretariat Office - Kotapola

There are more than 60º slopes in this division. Also, slopes greater than 30º make up about 60% of the total land area. In addition, a very small area is in the zones 0º - 8º and 8º-16º. About half of the Kotapola Pradeshiya Sabha area belongs to the Rakwana Buluthota mountain range which is separated from the valley of the Rakwana valley near the central hills in the interior of the country. This hill station has many mountain anomalies, such as gross slopes and soft slopes. The lowest point is about 1000 feet above sea level and the highest is about 3900 feet above sea level. Sinharaja Mountain and the surrounding peaks are the highest mountain in Matara district. Anikanda in Denia is 2655 feet above sea level. Its height is 2065, Kurulugala 3880 feet and Gongla 3900 feet. Situated amid lush slopes and soft slopes, sand is a prominent part of the area's topography.

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Proper management of land, a scarce resource, can bring about many benefits. This is of great importance especially in urban areas.

 

It is timely to figure out how land is allocated and being used for what purpose in our cities today. In order to create well planned cities with a futuristic vision, having a better understanding of current land use is imperative.

 

Land use maps are categorized into 36 sub-categories under two types – built-up and non built-up. The extent of land in each of these sub categories are indicated below.

 

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Built-Up
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Built-Up
(ha)
Non-Built-Up
Total
Non-Built-Up
(ha)

 

Studies on how the built-up landscape has changed in the urban environment over the past few decades have the potential to draw significant conclusions about current development trends and to predict future development orientations.

 

This urban sprawl study is a based on the analysis of satellite imagery from the relevant years. This gives the viewer a general idea of how urban sprawl has occurred over this period.

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Urban expansion statistics
Kotapola Pradeshiya Sabha -Deniyaya ( km 2 )
Overall Growth rate 1995 - 2017 %
Urban change 1995 - 2017
TOTAL AOI 0