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Clarion call to conserve Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve

A clarion call was made to conserve the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve by A.P. Lipton, former Principal Scientist of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) at a seminar on environment at Scott Christian College.

While addressing the participants, he said conservation of natural resources was highly vital for a balanced eco-system, without which human life would be in jeopardy.

He pointed out that the Mannar Biosphere was rich with a host of marine resources, including the protected whales, dolphins, dugong, turtle and sharks.

Delivering a presentation on the Biodiversity of the Western Ghats, S.S. Davidson, environmental educator, said that the Western Ghats was a rich repository of fauna and flora with animals of the highest order as elephants, tigers, leopards, sloth bear, Indian gaur and many minor animals, rare medicinal herbs and reptiles, including the King cobra. SMJ Chandran, Lions District Governor, said that saplings should be regularly watered till they were established to survive by themselves.

Tourism minister wants CRZ relaxed for Karnataka

Tourism Minister R V Deshpande on Monday said that Union government and the Tourism ministry had accepted the recommendations made by Swaminathan Committee on relaxation of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ). 



Addressing a press meet after inaugurating the exhibition centre of the 38th Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Travel Mart, 2015, at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, the minister said that beach resorts were being allowed in a radius of 50-100 metres of the seas in other states and nations whereas no such construction was allowed within 500-metre radius in Karnataka.



“We have 90 beaches along the 320-km coastline, but have identified only 44 beaches and four islands for tourism purposes,”  the minister said.

Source: Deccan Herald

Tourism minister wants CRZ relaxed for Karnataka

Tourism Minister R V Deshpande on Monday said that Union government and the Tourism ministry had accepted the recommendations made by Swaminathan Committee on relaxation of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ). 



Addressing a press meet after inaugurating the exhibition centre of the 38th Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Travel Mart, 2015, at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, the minister said that beach resorts were being allowed in a radius of 50-100 metres of the seas in other states and nations whereas no such construction was allowed within 500-metre radius in Karnataka.



“We have 90 beaches along the 320-km coastline, but have identified only 44 beaches and four islands for tourism purposes,”  the minister said.

Source: Deccan Herald

Green tribunal asks MoEF to explain CRZ dilution

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has rapped the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) for failing to explain procedures followed in relaxing of CRZ norms of wetlands in Kopri for a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) project. The wetlands at Kopri in Thane were reclassified and scaled down from CRZ 1 to CRZ 3. The Tribunal had asked the state Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) committee to explain the reclassification of about 20 hectares, which, according to NGO Paryavaran Dakshata Manch that filed the petition, have been reclaimed for the project. Sushilkumar Srivastava, scientist with MoEF, was called and was present, but was unable to explain the procedure to be adopted or that had been adopted for re-classification of the CRZ by the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority, the tribunal noted. 

Green tribunal asks MoEF to explain CRZ dilution

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has rapped the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) for failing to explain procedures followed in relaxing of CRZ norms of wetlands in Kopri for a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) project. The wetlands at Kopri in Thane were reclassified and scaled down from CRZ 1 to CRZ 3. The Tribunal had asked the state Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) committee to explain the reclassification of about 20 hectares, which, according to NGO Paryavaran Dakshata Manch that filed the petition, have been reclaimed for the project. Sushilkumar Srivastava, scientist with MoEF, was called and was present, but was unable to explain the procedure to be adopted or that had been adopted for re-classification of the CRZ by the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority, the tribunal noted.