Separate governing body for Nilgiris suggested
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Last Updated: Sunday, January 31, 2010, 19:55
Coimbatore: The International Climate Champions of British Council, comprising 10 countries, including India, UK and China, has suggested setting up of a separate governing body for the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve in Tamil Nadu.

The body should be consisted of representatives from bordering states of Kerala and Karnataka and local community.

The suggestion was part of 'The Nilgiris Declaration', an outcome of the 7-day climate cChange camp, concluded at Coonoor in Nilgiris district yesterday.

The declaration wanted Government to discourage and restrict construction of buildings in landslide prone areas and proper implementation of eco-tourism.

Suggesting 15 major measures to be taken by the end of 2015, it said progressive tax should be paid by tourist service providers, which would go into conservation and sustainable development of the Nilgiris mountains with participation of local communities.

Introduction of proper waste management, planned drainage system and eco-sanitation, introducing environmental education and natural resource management from primary level of education were some of the other measures, it said.

Known as Blue Mountains and declared as India's first biosphere, Nilgiris was undergoing many human induced impacts such as deforestation and degradation of forests leading to loss of flora and fauna and causing landslides. Climate change had resulted in erratic rainfall and aggravated incidents of landslides, it said.


First Published: Sunday, January 31, 2010, 19:55

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