A nature-cum-environmental awareness camp was conducted at Governor Shola, near here, by the Forest department, the Nilgiris South Division on Friday.
Addressing the participants, including students of the CSI CMM School, Green campaigner M. Rangaswamy pointed out that the shola-grassland eco system of the Nilgiris was unique and it should be preserved at all costs.
Underscoring the role of the sholas and grasslands in conserving rain water, he said that it benefited not only the Nilgiris but also the neighbouring districts.
Adverting to the changes triggered in the weather pattern by global warming, he said that rain water harvesting has assumed considerable significance.
Pointing out that the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve has very few parallels in terms of biodiversity, he said that high priority should be accorded to waste management.
A study trip to Parson’s Valley and Porthimund formed part of the programme. Forest Range Officer Ramaswamy welcomed the participants.