Biodiversity Board Ready To Help Citizens
On May 24, 2013
|Trivandrum: Biodiversity solutions, which are integrated with climate and environment sustainability, lie at extreme ends. While it is a global problem that seeks immediate attention from the global nations, the real initiative must come from individual households. This year’s theme of Biodiversity Day has been proposed as “Biodiversity and Water”.
Prof. Dr. Oommen V Oommen, Chairman of the Kerala State Biodiversity Board, said that the government and the Board could only sensitise the citizens, while households must take initial steps like water harvesting and other environment friendly measures. He quoted Mahatma Gandhi in this context, “The world has enough for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed.”
Dr. K P Laladhas, Member Secretary of Kerala State Biodiversity Board, admits that the threat to biodiversity is a world wide phenomenon. However, he sees a silver lining in Kerala. Here, people are taking preliminary steps to conserve biodiversity. Kerala is the only state in India having Biodiversity Management Committees (BMC) in all the panchayats, which is entrusted to the Biodiversity Board in coordination with local self government.
|Still there is a lot to be done. Keralites should learn to conserve,
especially water, which is abundant in rainy seasons. He draws attention
to the fact that while a packet of milk costs around Rs.17, one bottle
of mineral water demands Rs.18.
The board is taking various measures to rejuvenate ponds in Pattom, Nalanchira, Parithipara, and Poojapura. Also, communities which are interested in water harvesting and replenishing underground water can approach the board, which will give free guidance and assistance. Immediate action is inevitable, if one wants to sustain life on earth.