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Foresees serious environmental and ecological implications

The Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) has warned against conversion of wetlands for the Aranmula airport project, as it will have serious environmental and ecological implications.

Expert panel moots payment for ecosystem services

The expert panel set up by the government to formulate the State’s response to the report of the Kasturirangan committee on the conservation of the Western Ghats is considering an economic compensation programme to protect the interests of farmers in the villages named Ecologically Sensitive Areas (ESAs).

Mounting fears by anxious people over possible eviction from their land led to an uproar at a hearing by the expert committee on Kasturirangan panel report on Western Ghats in Kottayam, which promp

Await fresh orders, State tells officials

The State government has withdrawn the order it had issued on Wednesday asking officials at the local level not to refuse various services to people citing the K. Kasturirangan committee recommendations.

Experts Say Kasturirangan Report Does Not Ban Construction, Cultivation, Tourism And Infrastructure Development In Villages In ESA
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Chief minister Oommen Chandy may have succumbed to political pressure from UDF allies, quarry owners and church authorities, who want a drastic reduction in the number of villages categorized as Ecological Sensitive Area (ESA) as per the Kasturirangan committee report.

A big debate has started over the definition of “biological resources” as Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL) has responded to the notice by Madhya Pradesh State Biodiversity Board that they were ext