Workshop on holistic strategies begins in Sirsi

Sirsi: The benefits of research on environment should percolate to the grassroots and the Special Task Force on Western Ghats is ready to shoulder the responsibility, said Ananth Hegde Ashisar, Chairman of the special task force.

He was speaking after inaugurating a two-day national consultative workshop on “Holistic strategies for conservation of Biological Diversity and Livelihood” here on Friday, jointly organised by the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, Government of Karnataka-Special Task Force on Western Ghats and the College of Forestry, Sirsi.

The recent judicial activism/concern in environmental aspects was a clear testimony of the neglect of environment by the Government and the people as well, he said.

There is a need for a comprehensive and holistic study on Uttara Kannada. It needs to be given special focus, he said and added that the role of forest-dwellers, forest officials and public in maintaining the eco-system intact should also be studied.

J.V. Goud, former Vice-Chancellor of University Agricultural Sciences, who was the chief guest, said that the commercial use of agricultural land would create paucity of food and encroachment of forestland would create imbalance in society.

Ravi Chellam, Director, Wildlife Conservation Society of India, said that Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and Anashi National Park in the district should be given status on par with Nagarhole and Bandipur.

B.S. Janagoudar, Dean, College of Forestry Science, Sirsi, presided over the function. R. Vasudev welcomed the gathering. About 20 experts would present their papers in a two-day workshop.