TAMIL NADU

Wildlife Week celebrated in Nagapattinam district

Staff Reporter

NAGAPATTINAM: Wildlife Week celebrations makes more sense to a district like Nagapattinam, which hosts the only Ramsar site for wetlands in Tamil Nadu and is dotted by the largest patch of dry evergreen forests on the east coast.

Stating this at the valediction ceremony of the Wildlife Week celebrations here at the A.D.M. College for Women on Tuesday, Thirunavukkarasu, Wildlife Warden and District Forest Officer, defined wildlife as one that would include both “uncultivated flora and undomesticated fauna.”

He invoked the symbolism of observing wildlife week from Gandhi Jayanthi on October 2 leading up to October 8, and the essence of its awareness.

Presiding over the function, A. Annadurai, District Revenue Officer, who picked up anecdotes from history, said that rulers in the past protected nature by planting trees.

Collector C. Munianathan, in his keynote address, spoke of the spiritual mornings in ecology by pointing to sanctified vegetation called “Sthala Viricham” unique to each temple.

Agriculture and forestry

K. Karunakaran, Joint Director of Agriculture, interestingly pointed out to the opposition of agriculture with forestry in years of the eon and stated that times have reversed and agriculture cannot survive without forestry.

He goaded the audience to take the message to their kin, as each would have a farmer in her family.

Kamaraj, Divisional Engineer, Highways, recited a poetry on the ecological indifference.

R. Pazhanisami, Additional Superintendent of Police, spoke of human encroachments that kill elephants in sporadic accidents.

According to Sivakamisundari, Principal, A.D.M. College for Women, the country’s forest cover that was 19 per cent was way below the mandatory 33 per cent and the State’s figure of around four per cent was dismal.

This was endorsed by R. Muthusamy, Chief Regional Manager, Indian Overseas Bank.

Three students from the district have won three places at the State level competitions held in observance of Wildlife Week celebrations.