A geographical indication (GI) is a form of protection highlighted in the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement of the World Trade Organization (WTO). It protects intangible economic assets such as the quality and reputation of a product through market differentiation. It is considered a promising tool at the international level to maintain multifunctionality in rural landscapes and involve local populations in biodiversity management and conservation.

Economic valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services is possibly the most powerful tool for halting the loss of biodiversity while maintaining incomes and livelihoods. Yet rarely have such approaches been applied to tropical forest "hotspots", which house the vast majority of the planet's plant and animal species. This groundbreaking work is the most comprehensive and detailed examination of the economics of environmental valuation and biodiversity conservation to date.

Nineteen soil profiles representing seven soil series with sixteen mapping units were collected, described and mapped at Indian Institute of Spices Research, Cardamom Research Centre, Appangala, Madikeri, Karnataka for evaluating their suitability for cardamom cultivation. Soil and site properties such as climate, depth and the soils were assessed for growing cardamom.

There is a need to use alternative source of energy like gobar gas, in the backdrop of growing demand for electricity and cooking gas, said Zilla Panchayat CEO A B Ibrahim.

Contractors were given Rs 13.42 crore. However, the progress is not even worth Rs one crore.

This is the condition of ambitious Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification project in the district. The project aimed at supplying electricity to 30,000 BPL families in 293 villages.

The Kodagu district has received a gift from the government for the Independence Day.

The Centre has finally given its nod for the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Scheme in Kodagu district. The Government has approved Rs 38.39 crore for the rural electrification in the first stage.

The Manhinadka mini hydel power project of Bharooka Power Company set up at Chettukaya in Kodagu district has started power generation, and now the power is being supplied to the 33 kv line of Sullia.

The plant had begun generating 1.5 MW power on an experimental basis from June 27, and from the last four days, it is working on a full scale, producing 10 MW power.

10 years ago, Down To Earth reported on the state of sacred groves in India see: Down To Earth, January 31, 1994 . Patches of forest protected