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Village forest committees to hold meet on May 28

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Rejuvenation talk:Western Ghats Task Force chairman Ananth Hegde Ashishar (right) and Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey at a press conference in Shimoga on Monday.
Rejuvenation talk:Western Ghats Task Force chairman Ananth Hegde Ashishar (right) and Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey at a press conference in Shimoga on Monday.

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Over 1,000 delegates will participate in it

Rejuvenation of village forest committees to be the main issue on the agenda

There are nearly 2,500 village forest committees in the State

SHIMOGA: Chairman of the Western Ghats Task Force Ananth Hegde Ashishar said here on Monday that the State-level conference of the village forest committees would be held at Sringeri on May 28 under the joint auspices of the Forest Department and his organisation.

Addressing a press conference, he said that over 1,000 delegates from Shimoga, Chikmagalur, Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada and Kodagu will participate in the conference.

While rejuvenation of the village forest committees was the main item on the agenda for the meet, Mr. Ashishar said the conference would also discuss issues relating to conservation of forest in the Western Ghats region, afforestation, collection of the forest products, smuggling, and training and awareness on containing forest fire.

On conservation

He said that the conservation of Devara Kaadu and Hasiru Samruddhi Gram Yojane, spearheaded by the Western Ghats Task Force, would also be discussed during the conference.

The proposal to utilise income generated by the village forest committees for the promotion of “green activities” would be considered, he said, adding that Mr. Ashishar said that the Western Ghats Task Force had introduced the Karavali Hasiru Kavacha to conserve the biodiversity in the Western Ghats region and added that a special scheme had been brought into force for the protection of herbal medicinal plants.

A conference of the village forest committees of the Hyderabad-Karnataka region had already been conducted in Gulbarga, he said. A similar conference of the Mysore region would be held in Mandya soon, he added. He said that the environmentalists and members of the voluntary organisations of the Western Ghats would participate in the conference to be held at Sringeri. He said that there were nearly 2,500 village forest committees in the State, of which 1,000 were functioning in the Malnad region.

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