A three-day meeting of the Green Community, an organisation of various environmental groups, that concluded at Velliyamkal on the banks of the Bharathapuzha, near Thrithala, here on Saturday urged the government to set up a River Protection Authority to save all the 44 rivers of the State that are facing wanton destruction.

During the summer most of these rivers, including the Bharathapuzha, dry up due to uncontrolled sand mining, encroachment of the river bed and pollution of the river. The meeting decided to observe 2013 as ‘Water protection year’ and form local level river protection volunteers.

The valedictory function was inaugurated by V.T. Balram, MLA. Environmentalist Shobeendran presided.