Staff Correspondent

It is being held as part of samudaya’s jubilee celebrations

HUBLI: Samaj Parivartan Samudaya (SPS) will begin its silver jubilee celebrations by organising a workshop and discussion on environmental issues and challenges.

Addressing presspersons here on Monday, executive director of SPS S.R. Hiremath said that the first programme in the series would be a commemoration of the “Pluck and Plant Satyagraha” held on November 14, 1987, at Kusnur village in Hangal taluk of Haveri district.

He said that such was the impact of the “satyagraha” by the villagers that they succeeded in getting 75,000 acres of common and forest land and Karnataka Pulpwood Limited (KPL) was closed down following the protest.

The “satyagraha” also laid the foundation for the new forest policy and legislation leading to participatory forest management programme.

He said the event would be held at Kusnur and it would be used to take stock of the work over two decades in the area of environmental and social justice and contemplate over present situation and challenges. Journalist Ajit Bhattacharyajee, former chairman of National Committee for Protection of Natural Resources (NCPNR), Kochi, and president of NCPNR Ravi Chopra would participate.

It would be followed by a workshop on issues of community control over natural resources at Ranebennur on November 15.

The third event in the series would be a discussion on “Issues of Water” to be organised by NCPNR in Dharwad on November 16, he said.