Wednesday, April 21, 2010

28 Sacred Groves to be protected

KOCHI: In an effort at protecting and preserving them, 28 Kavus (sacred Groves) in Kerala would be brought under a Centrally Sponsored scheme.

Rapid urbanisation and a steadily growing population have placed these kavus, which are oasis of biodiversity, under tremendous pressure. Apart from bio diversity, the kavus provide habitat to animals and birds, including snakes.

Kerala Forest Minister, Binoy Vishwam, will inaugurate the state level launch of the scheme-- Intensification of Forest Management-Protection and Conservation of Sacred Groves on Apr 23 at Iringole Kavu at Perumbavoor in Ernakulam, Assistant Conservator of Forests, Sujit R, told reporters here

During the first year, the 28 kavus belonging to Devaswoms and Trusts would be protected. Another set of kavus would be selected for protection in the coming two years, he said.

The scheme supports protection and conservation efforts

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