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‘Uttara Kannada deserves world heritage tag'

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Commitment to conserve forests must continue: Kageri


Onslaught on the forests can be prevented through awareness: Hegde

‘Alternative techniques should be thought of to generate electricity'


Sirsi: Uttara Kannada district in the Western Ghats region deserves UNESCO's world heritage tag for its unique biodiversity, said Nagesh Hegde Bakkemane, environmental scientist, on Wednesday.

He was speaking after the two-day conference on forests in Kannada literature held at the Forestry College on Wednesday.

Terming the forests in the Sahaydri ranges a treasure trove, he appealed to double the conservation efforts in the Western Ghat ranges irrespective of the government's decision on UNESCO's heritage tag.

Mr. Hegde stressed the need to prevent the onslaught on the forests through awareness and movement.

He said the plastic menace, especially in tourist spots and forest areas, should be checked. Alternative techniques should be thought of to generate electricity.

Yeddyurappa to decide

Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri has said that the Chief Minister and the Forest Minister will take a decision on UNESCO's world heritage tag for some forests in the State.

Speaking at the conference here, he said that it was the duty of every individual to save and conserve forests. The commitment to conserve forests should continue, he added.

Western Ghats Task Force Chairman Anant Hegde Ashisar said that assistance and honoraria would be given to organisations and individuals involved in forest conservation. He declared that a tree park would be opened soon in Sirsi.

The conference was organised by the Western Ghats Task Force, Kanara Circle Forest Department, Forestry College, Sirsi , Sirsi taluk Kannada Sahitya Parishat and the Wildlife Department of Dandeli.

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