KERALA

Environmentalists concerned over degradation of forests

Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: "The lack of clarity is the major drawback in the environmental laws. There is no law to protect water," environmentalist A. Achyuthan said.

He was inaugurating a seminar on `Environmental Laws,' organised by the Malabar Natural History Society (MNHS) here on Saturday in connection with the World Environment Day on June 5.

"The High Court has failed to see that water is available in a certain area which has been purchased because of the flow from neighbouring regions," Dr. Achyuthan said.

P. Pramod of Salim Ali Ornithology Society, Coimbatore, highlighted the contradictions in the National Environment Policy which is under the scrutiny of the Centre.

L. Namasivayam, who spoke on `Indian Wildlife Protection Act,' said though the Silent Valley could be protected, widespread degradation of private and small forests was rampant. E.A. Eliyas of the Fisheries Department, Kochi, said that the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Act was a diluted legislation.

Wildlife Warden, Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, K.V. Uthaman; MNHS president, T.N. Vijayakumar; secretary, Jaffer Pallot and member Satyan Meppayur spoke on the occasion.

Photo exhibition

The Medical College Students Union and college SFI unit conducted a photo exhibition on Plachimada in the backdrop of the High Court ruling in the Coca-Cola case.

The union avowed to make college campuses `Cola free.' The exhibition will be held at the casualty ward on June 5 and Medical College Hospital on June 6. Geeta Kumari, Associate Professor and Nursing College Director in-charge, inaugurated the exhibition.

The District Collector, Rachna Shah, inaugurated the planting of medicinal plants and fruit trees on the Collectorate premises in connection with the World Environment Day.

The programme was conducted by the Chelavur Darsanam Samskarika Vedi and the State Council for Science Technology and Environment.

Ms. Shah spoke on the relevance of environment protection.

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