Preparations have begun for the Ecological Festival of Western Ghats, an international conference aimed at the protection of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, to be held from November 30 to December 2.
The conference draws significance in view of the recent flooding of Kerala and Kodagu district in Karnataka.
The Save Western Ghats Movement, organisers of the conference, said at a meeting held on Wednesday that the three-day event will focus on the issue of saving the Western Ghats from irrevocable and irreversible degradation and destruction.
The conference will also aim to bring together environmental activists, organisations, researchers and scholars, wildlife activists, photographers, students, artists, social activists and farmers working for the protection and conservation of the Western Ghats ecosystems and other ecosystems in India.
The conference will revisit and highlight the present status of the Western Ghats with reference to the reports of High Level Working Group on Western Ghats, also known as Kasturirangan Commission, and Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel also known as the Gadgil Commission.
The conference scheduled to be held at Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology, Kuniyamuthur, will have plenaries and side events along with exhibitions and cultural programmes.