Coimbatore

Call to focus on smaller life forms

The Project Director, HADP, Srinivas R. Reddy (second right) releasing a book on, ‘Snakes and other Reptiles of Nilgiris’ in Udhagamandalam, on Thursday. Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

The Project Director, HADP, Srinivas R. Reddy (second right) releasing a book on, ‘Snakes and other Reptiles of Nilgiris’ in Udhagamandalam, on Thursday. Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy   | Photo Credit: - M_Sathyamoorthy

more-in

The need to give equal importance to large animals and lesser life forms in conservation related matters was stressed by the Project Director, Hill Area Development Programme, Srinivas R. Reddy in Coimbatore on Thursday.

Participating as the chief guest in a function organised to release a book on, ‘Snakes and other Reptiles of Nilgiris’ brought out by the HADP, he lamented that since the focus was usually on the popular species, the smaller ones tend to get neglected. Consequently their importance vis-à-vis the eco-system is overlooked.

Adverting to the economic importance of reptiles, he regretted that even farmers were not aware of it. As a result they are dealt with violently. Stating that the book will be used as a field guide as it will facilitate better understanding of various species, Mr. Reddy said that it will be updated as and when required. Other forms of life and various kinds of flora also require systematic documentation.

College Principal A.Manoharan, who presided, said that the rich biodiversity of the Nilgiris should be properly showcased. Focus should also be on the adverse effects of tourism on the environment.

The author P. Kannan said that the myths and superstitions surrounding snakes should be demolished. Pointing out that about 20,000 to 30,000 people die every year in the country due to snake bites, he underscored the need to enhance awareness about first aid.

The District Forest Officer M. Badrasami, the President, Osai K. Kalidasan and the Vice President, Nilgiri Wildlife and Environment Association (NWEA) S. Kuppuraja also spoke.

The head, Division of Wildlife Biology, H. Mohanakrishnan proposed a vote of thanks.

Why you should pay for quality journalism - Click to know more

Related Topics Coimbatore
Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Jan 25, 2020 4:17:14 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/call-to-focus-on-smaller-life-forms/article6230225.ece

Next Story