Udupi ZP chief bats for biodiversity preservation

Udupi ZP chief bats for biodiversity preservation

Udupi Zilla Panchayat president Dinakara Babu speaks during a workshop on biodiversity organised for gram panchayat representatives and panchayat development officers in Udupi on Thursday.

Udupi Zilla Panchayat president Dinaker Babu said that the district is home to unique biodiversity in the state.

He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating a one-day workshop organised by the Zilla Panchayat on Thursday to create awareness on the biodiversity and the Western Ghats for elected representatives and the PDOs of the gram panchayats in the Western Ghat and coastal districts.

“There is a need for documentation of the biodiversity in the villages that are geographically close to the Western Ghats and the coastal belt. Extensive work is needed to conserve the species and to create awareness among the public,” he asserted.

Retired conservator of forests Mysuru Hucchaiah, elaborating on the laws, said that those destroying the biodiversity would face imprisonment and a fine of up to Rs two lakh.

“The ecological balance is possible only when the conservation of biodiversity is undertaken. Mangroves should be grown on large areas of land in order to maintain balance in the atmosphere. The rules are framed by the national and state biodiversity development authority,” he explained.

Veteran scientist M A Madhyastha said many plant species have medicinal qualities.

“The honey bee plays an important role in survival of nearly 80% of the plant species. Unfortunately, unscientific extraction of honey has resulted in the death of thousands of honey bees,” he said.

“The youth should be told about the importance of biodiversity. All species of plants should be grown and the forest cover should be increased in the villages, which would help in the sustainable growth,” he advised.