Balaram finds present arrangement in State intriguing
P. Balaram, Director, Indian Institute of Science, has expressed concern over the functioning of forests and environment as two separate government departments.
“I am intrigued that the (State) departments of environment and forests work as two different arms when in fact they cannot exist without each other,” he said. He added that this division was bound to trigger conflict in the future.
Prof. Balaram was speaking at the inauguration of a workshop on ‘Expanding frontiers in forestry science' at the Institute of Wood Science and Technology on Wednesday.
Speaking about the protests over the acquisition of agricultural land for development, he said it was the duty of policy-makers to ensure that infrastructure projects were implemented in a holistic manner.
Executive vice-president, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, C.T.S. Nair said that the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests would soon become a “conflict arbitrator” in the backdrop of the severe resource constraint in the country.
The workshop was organised as a precursor to the Indian Forests Congress that will be held later this year in the national capital. Several contributors to the proposed congress presented papers on themes that included geomatics (gathering, processing and dissemination of geographic data), the management of forest resources, forest genetics, forest survey methodology and information technology as a tool in forestry management.
The Indian Forestry Congress will be organised between November 22 and 25 by the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education in New Delhi.
The theme of the congress is ‘Forests in a changing world'. Here, forestry experts and stakeholders will discuss the advances in the field.