Call to protect what is left in Nelliyampathy
By Express News Service
26th February 2011 08:34 AM
PALAKKAD: The protection of the Nelliyampathy hills should be seen in the context of the protection of the Western Ghats as a whole, environmentalist and Western Ghats development programme coordinator Pandurang Hegde has said.
He told reporters here on Friday that rare species of plants and living beings were seen in these areas.
“We need to protect what remains”, he said. The use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers in plantations has affected the health of the people. The people of Nelliyampathy, especially, the workers, social organisations, political parties and the local bodies should engage in activities friendly to the environment. They can emulate the participatory management being practised in the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
The development of Nelliyampathy should be done in consultation with all stakeholders like the workers, drivers, representatives of the estates and the Adivasis.
As a part of it, a two-day workshop will be held in April in Nelliyampathy involving scientists, lawyers of the High Court and the Supreme Court, representatives of voluntary organisations and officials of the Forests Department.
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