KOCHI: Union Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh has appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to provide

Herds of elephants, sambar deer, and other animals spotted
VAZHACHAL: Direct sightings of herds of elephants, sambar deer, and other wild animals were reported from the Vazhachal Forest Division on the first day of the wildlife population estimation that began on Wednesday.

The Forest Department has embarked on a three-day wildlife census in all the forest divisions of the State.

KOCHI: The Periyar and Parambikulam tiger reserves in Kerala have been adjudged two of the best managed reserves in the country.

The National Tiger Conservation Authority and the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests had jointly evaluated the 41 reserves for its management effectiveness, including tiger conservation programmes.

The reserves, which scored 240 points each, were included on

Proposed dam inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kerala Forest Research Institute given the task. Pilot study in the region within a fortnight KOCHI: An Environment Impact Assessment of the proposed Kerala Periyar Dam, which will replace the existing Mullaperiyar dam in Idukki, will begin shortly.