`Environment conservation a global concern'

UDHAGAMANDALAM, MARCH 11. Under the aegis of the C.P.R.Environmental Education Centre (CPREEC) a seminar on, "Environmental Laws of India" for the benefit of the members of the Nilgiris Bar Association (NBA) was held here today.

Insight into laws

The Project Officer (Law),CPREEC Sumathi V.Swamy, explaining the objectives of the seminar and providing an insight into various laws like the Forest Act 1927,Wildlife Protection Act 1972,Water (Prevention of Pollution) Act 1974 and the Environment Protection Act 1986, said that conservation of the environment was a global concern. Emphasising the need to link the development of science and technology with protection of the environment, she said that only then a holistic growth could be brought about. Laws governing Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and the Biological Diversity Act should go hand in hand.

A hard look needed

Lamenting that greed had led to the depletion of natural resources, Ms.Swamy said that mankind had reached a stage where a hard look had to be compulsorily taken at the state of the environment. Adverting to the Stockholm Convention of 1972,the Rio Earth Summit of 1992,the Johannesburg Summit of 2002 and the Kyoto Protocol, she said that it was the duty of both the Government and the citizens to protect the environment.

Inaugurating the seminar the President, NBA M.Shankar pointed out that they helped in creating an awareness among the lawyers about the rules that needed to be adhered to while dealing with development activities like constructing buildings.

Senior advocate, H.B.Devaraj said that C.P.Ramaswami Aiyar, who had visited the Nilgiris often, had always been of the firm view that no other hill station could compare with the Nilgiris vis-a-vis abundance of greenery.

At environment's mercy

He said that all must realise that they were at the mercy of the environment and live and act accordingly. Senior advocate, P.Hirian said that no one could afford to take the environment for granted.

The Field Officer, CPREEC, M.Kumaravelu pointed out that the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (NBR) was under threat from different directions.