Forests are a community property, says Kageri

Master plan to be prepared for conservation of Western Ghats

‘Environmental conservation has become inevitable today’

SIRSI: Only by afforestation global warming can be checked. Awareness should be created among people in this regard, Uttara Kannada district in-charge Minister Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri has said.

He was speaking at a seminar on the “Carrying capacity of Uttara Kannada district and study on environment development and conservation”, organised under the auspices of the Western Ghats Task Force and the Forest Department, at M.M. Arts and Science College here on Monday. Uttara Kannada MP Anantkumar Hegde, who was the chief guest, said there should be an integrated study of the carrying capacity of every area where a project would be implemented. Forests were a community property and not a government property, he said.

A master plan for conservation of the Western Ghats would be prepared by a forum 37 MPs from the Western Ghats region in February, he said.

State Planning Commission member G.V. Joshi said that environmental conservation had become inevitable today.

Eco-friendly projects

Swarnawalli Gangadharendra Saraswati Swamiji, honorary president of Bedti and Aghanashini Kolla Samiti, said that only eco-friendly projects should be implemented in Uttara Kannada.

Keshav Hegde, member of the task force, said that the study on the carrying capacity should include the net ecological work, loss assessment, regional imbalance, social equity and development aspects.

Chairman of the task force Ananth Hedge Asisara delivered introductory remarks.

District Forests Officer Manojkumar proposed a vote of thanks.