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With the Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) releasing the draft notification regarding the Kasturirangan report on its website on Tuesday, the state government plans to follow suit by publishing area-specific details of the 123 villages marked as Ecologically Sensitive Areas (ESAs) by the end of this week.

The amended ecologicallysensitive areas (ESAs) in the state will be mapped using colour codes ranging from dark green to red, each colour representing green zones, water bodies, residential areas,

They Fall Under Ecological-Sensitive Zone-1 Classified By Gadgil Report

Thiruvananthapuram: The state nominated three-member expert committee that reviewed the Kasturirnagan committee report has highlighted the need to protect the ecologically-fragile areas that were overlooked in the Kasturiranagan report.

The Kerala State Biodiversity Board will publish the details of plantations and human settlements in the 123 villages, excluded from Ecologically Sensitive Areas (ESA) limits.

Thiruvananthapuram: The ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), on Monday submitted the draft notification on Kasturirangan-led High level Working Group committee (HLWG) report to the law depar

Acute Summer, Forest Fires Force Forest Department Decision

The state forest department is planning to close down some of its major wildlife sanctuaries and parks following the onset of acute summer and increasing incidents of forest fires in the last few weeks.

Sanctioning Authority, SEIAA, Is Headless

The Greens in the state are planning to move the National Green Tribunal (NGT) against the environmental clearance given by the State Environmental Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) to 17 quarries at a time when the chairman’s post was vacant in the authority. The SEIAA is the nodal agency in the state that provides clearances for quarrying, sand mining and commercial projects in Kerala.

The National Green Tribunal has given an ultimatum to the Union ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to come out with a plan of action on how it will implement the Kasturirangan committee report by March 24.

The NGT order came after MoEF said that states like Kerala and Karnataka objected to the report and asked for more time for its implementation. The MoEF made this plea while replying to the original PIL filed by Goa Foundation on implementation of the Madhav Gadgil report.

Thiruvananthapuram: The state forest department has begun GIS mapping of all kavus (sacred groves) in the state that are under threat from unscrupulous real estate development.

Map Has Spatial Data Of Water Holes, Rivers, Etc

The state forest department has completed 80% mapping of forest areas using Geographical Information System (GIS).The map now has spatial data of forest boundaries, water holes, rivers, lakes and forest eco systems in the state.