B Veerakumaran Thampi

PALAKKAD: Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh will inaugurate the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Silent Valley National Park, one of the few remaining rainforests in the country, at Mukkali on November 16. Forest Minister Benoy Viswom will preside over the function.

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Silent Valley is home to many rare species like the Lion-tailed Macaque and Ceylon Frogmouth. Being untouched by man, it also contained many unaltered gene pools kep intact since time immemorial. The Government of Kerala, in a moment of recklessness, decided to destroy these pristine forests by building a hydro-electric project to generate a fefw megawatts of power.

This communication elaborates a case study in Kerala, where 61 surveys have been conducted from 1990 to 2008 in 21 protected areas and reserve forests in the southern Western Ghats for monitoring bird fauna using the amateur bird-watcher network. Four different methodologies have been used in these surveys, with encounter-based transects being the most common.

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Forest Minister Benoy Viswom inaugurating the Silent Valley-Siruvani eco-tourism scheme at a function held at Mukkali in Attappadi on Tuesday.

PALAKKAD: The 25th anniversary of the declaration of the Silent Valley as a national park will be observed on an international scale throughout the State in November this year, said Forest Minister Benoy Viswom.

N P Jayan says he feels inspired by the Silent Valley in Kerala. A photojournalist for many years, Jayan embarked upon documenting the flora and fauna of this rain forest in late 2006. It was a year

Satellite images show fires along Nilgiri, Agastyarkoodam; grasslands in Upper Sanatorium area and Kambimoodu destroyed

The proposal for a hydro-electric project near the Silent Valley National Park has got a setback with the Kerala government deciding to form a buffer zone for the park on June 6, 2007. The 148 sq km

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