Use of biodiversity resources to be regulated

review:Minister for Forests K.T. Pachchaimal at a meeting of State Biodiversity Board in Tirunelveli on Friday.Photo: A. SHAIKMOHIDEEN  

The second meeting of the State Biodiversity Board held here on Friday reviewed the action taken so far on the decisions arrived at the previous meeting in Chennai and the proposed formation of biodiversity management committees in local bodies across the State.

Forest Minister K.T. Pachamal, who presided over the meeting, said that committees might be constituted in districts after holding a discussion with the ministers representing the district.

In addition to conserving the biodiversity outside the forest areas, the committee will regulate the utility of biodiversity resources in a sustainable manner so as to provide an alternative livelihood to the rural people.

Mr. Patchamal expressed the view that the wild boar, an animal protected by Schedule III of Wildlife (Protection) Act, should be removed from the list as it was causing extensive damage to crop. “Since the farmers are repeatedly making appeals in this regard, the board may make a representation to remove the wild boar from the list,” he said.

He said steps should be taken to enrich mangrove stretches across the State, including the small patch at Manakkudi estuary in Kanyakumari district.

A board member stressed the need to initiate steps for conserving migratory birds found in large numbers in two irrigation tanks at Vaagaikulam near Alwarkurichi.

Remove him

The Minister ordered the removal of a member V. Arivudai Nambi of M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai, from the board and the appointment of a member “who is really interested in biodiversity conservation”.

Though reporters were allowed to be at the meeting venue for a while, they were asked to leave the hall when a “crucial and confidential” agenda on “granting of permission to access bio-resources” came up for discussion.

However, a few All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam functionaries, who were sitting along with the board members continued to remain inside the hall.

The Minister was not prepared to brief the media at the end of the meeting.